Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started looking at SAT strategies today. I went over the layout and scoring of the test. We talked about how the test is divided into easy, medium, and difficult question, and that they should be approached differently. In easy questions the obvious answer is generally right, but in more difficult questions obvious-looking answers are usually traps. I also pointed out that on easy questions he should look for correct answers, while on the most difficult questions he should look to eliminate wrong answers. We then tried to apply this to sentence completion questions. I asked him to look for words in the sentence to indicate if both parts were in the same direction or had contrasting meanings. I also told him to try to use his own word to complete the sentence, then see if any of the answer choices aligned with that word. We finished with a short question set to try out these strategies."
"I worked on ACT English concepts with the student. I taught him on what to look, clues, and methods for attacking that section of the test. He was pretty good at the English, but definitely got the hang of the concepts better the more questions we went through. I only think we need to really do one more review section of the English to refine his skills. Otherwise, he's good with English. I emailed him a copy of the 100 ACT concepts to review for next session."
"The student and I had a great session focusing on SAT verbal. I am pleased with her lists of derivatives of the roots in units 1 & 2. Her vocabulary is expanding, and she is thinking more critically about words. For next week, she will review vocabulary units 1 & 2, and she will make derivative lists for units 3 & 4. We made a condensed study sheet for the SAT critical reading section. It is a one-page, personal review of the test-taking strategies we have learned and incorporated. Next, we did a practice SAT critical reading section. She did an excellent job with the sentence completion, and a good job with the passages. For the single section we did, she was at or above her goal critical reading score. Moving forward in critical reading, we will focus on consistency, focus, and calm, so that she can sustain those scores over the length of the whole test."