Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered the math and writing sections of the SAT. Math-wise, he had trouble with the more difficult problems. However, when we went through them, he was able to solve them without much trouble. These problems included: perpendicular lines, arithmetic mean with variables, inscribed shapes, and remainders. I tried to show him that these problems are not as difficult as he thinks, and I think he is beginning to see that. We also reviewed a grammar section. He needs to continue to learn the underlying grammar "rules," which will make him better able to identify and correct grammatical errors."
"Today we worked exclusively with the sentence completion section of the SAT. We started out by going over certain roots, prefixes, and suffixes that could show up on the test, and then we did some practice with them by breaking up larger words to understand their meaning. Next, we started a new approach to the sentence completion section by having the student fill in his own word before looking at any of the answers. This method seemed to help him quite a bit, and we are going to continue practicing it next week."
"This is a report of two sessions with the student. In the first session, we talked about the writing section; the main idea was to check for agreement throughout the sentence. In the second session, we worked mainly on critical reading, where I encouraged the student to read the passage through before the questions to both save time and to comprehend the questions better. The problem with reading the questions first, as he was doing before, is that there is no cue to remember what the questions were, and it uses valuable time that does not yield much benefit. The student will try out this strategy when we work on the math section next time."