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SAT Writing and Language Tutoring review by Nathan in Austin, TX
We started off with reading through the student's essay. This time, her thoughts were in a clear, followable order. She still works hard with answering the given question though. She is also working on separating supporting reasons from examples. Her attitude was engaged, respectful, and inquisitive. As a strategy this time, I gave her an example of a very simple, very summarized outline and asked her to replicate the format for a different subject. I see gradual progress. For extra practice, I asked her to write 10 very brief outlines for some typical essay questions. The student is bright and tries very hard to ask good questions and make intelligent responses. She shows continual progress.
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SAT Writing and Language Tutoring review by E35ZXMDGVMOneTrust in Austin, TX
We went in-depth on some grammar concepts. I had the student complete a writing diagnostic test. We then focused on pronoun-antecedent agreement and identifying errors in sentences and clauses. She has gotten better at keeping a sharp eye out for collective nouns used as singular but paired with plural pronouns. We also worked on recognizing parallel structures and correcting them. We have also worked on using "he or she" as opposed to "they". She had questions about identifying subjective/objective pronouns, in particular "me" and "I". I shared the tip to remove the other person from the sentence and see if it still makes sense as written. We will also review semicolons vs. commas, noting that there cannot be a conjunction with a semi-colon. I will also reinforce the idea that clauses connected by semicolons must be able to stand alone as complete sentences. The student is still doing lots of SAT practice outside our sessions, so I have not assigned her anything in particular. I did recommend that she make and use flashcards for vocabulary.
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SAT Writing and Language Tutoring review by Bert in Austin, TX
The student and I covered SAT writing today, with the first hour covering essay writing and the second hour focusing on common grammar rules tested in the multiple choice section. For the essay writing, I've had him previously compile for me a detailed summary of the two books he's read in preparation for today. I sat down with him and explained not only the structure and format of the essay (25 minutes to write ~2 pages) but also some general tips such as having a 4 or 5 body paragraph essay, using 2 separate examples to support and defend a thesis, jotting down a workable thesis that narrows the scope of the question, and making sure to either address the opposition or examine some potential exceptions to his general position to show the graders his creativity and critical thinking. For the detailed outline that I've made with him, the essay was: "Is it important to question people in authority?" For this topic we used To Kill a Mockingbird and the U.S. political system to defend a thesis that it is important to challenge people in authority as the people in authority are not always correct. I've assigned him the homework of completing the actual essay for me to proofread and grade for our next session. For the general grammar rules that we've covered for the multiple choice section, we've managed to practice idiomatic errors, adjective/adverb usage, parallelism and incorrect comparisons, and noun-verb agreement. I have left him with practice worksheets on each of these errors to practice at home. He was very surprised with some of the sentences that had incorrect comparisons, but quickly picked up why by the 3rd or 4th example. There were no problems in detecting adjective and adverb usage.
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SAT Writing and Language Tutoring review by Katharine in Austin, TX
We had a very good first session today! We started by talking a bit about the student's experiences taking the SAT before, and what he covered in previous courses. Then we went over strategies for planning and structuring the essay. The student did a practice timed essay, and we were able to look at it together and I gave some suggestions of ways he might improve his overall writing and address small errors. We also worked a little bit on the multiple choice Writing sections, and will continue to look at those in our next session. The student is starting from a good place as a writer; moving forward, the most important thing for him will be doing a good deal of timed practice, as it seems he feels pressured by the time limit.
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SAT Writing and Language Tutoring review by Michael in Austin, TX
The student and I again had a long conversation about her recent SAT experience and the possible options of taking the ACT or the SAT again. This time, our discussion was informed by her actual results. In analyzing the scores, I pointed out the areas where she missed more questions as the ones most needing improvement, especially the Improving Sentences and Improving Paragraph questions of the Writing sections. We researched and reasoned through scheduling upcoming test dates along with AP exams and school finals. We then worked on Improving Sentence problems in an SAT practice test, this time with more intense focus on technical grammar concepts than we have done in the past. I plan to use more grammar concepts and drills in the future, especially about independent/dependent clauses. I assigned her the usual vocab words and roots and will meet with her again next week.
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SAT Writing and Language Tutoring review by Catherine in Austin, TX
The student and I had a very good session. We were both pleased with her score of 1990 on the full practice test she took over the weekend. We spent the beginning of our session addressing her questions from the math portion of the practice test, including a close look at symbol problems and remainder problems. We also closed the session with a practice math section. I was very impressed with her quality of thought in her essay on the media and violence. Her thesis about media giving national platform to hate agendas was inspired, and her example of newspaper propaganda was creative and specific. We edited her essay together, and we attempted to make the language more concise, active, and direct. I encourage her to take five to seven minutes to outline her essay before she writes. Her reasoning is strong and her organization logical, but her paragraph breaks could use more structure. She is going to outline before writing on at least one of the two essay prompts she undertakes this week.
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