Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Students had completed assigned homework. We worked through more algebra concepts today and assigned further math homework. That they did their homework over spring break is really encouraging and a wonderful job well done! We will work on English next time."
"The student and I extensively covered math word problems in this session. We focused on how to set up equations and identify the variables in word problems. We went over value problems, and she seems to catching on to how to set up these equations. I think with more practice, the student can make improvements in these types of problems. We hope to also reinforce other math subjects. Next session, we will work on the English section. The English section is far easier than many students realize, and once the student learns the basic commonly tests grammar rules on the exam, I think she can do quite well."
"The student is doing much better with her newest testing strategy. It has helped her with both time and answering her questions correctly. We began working on the math section today. I am looking forward to working on the math with her."
"We worked on ACT Math. The student knew the way to complete most problems but made mistakes in the Math section. English section will be creating familiarity with the problems."
"The student and I took a look at the English section during today's session. We worked on what the comma rules are that will be tested on the ACT and discussed some commonly mixed up words, such as who/whom. We also discussed how to use clues for the rhetoric/ style questions and what to look for. We went through one practice section for English, applying the skills we had discussed."
"We worked on math and reading. The student has a tough time with word problems but is excellent with working out problems once she has them. We also worked on reading and she did just fine with that. We worked on doing the problems and reading efficiently rather than thoroughly. She does fine with story-like material, but definitely struggles with denser, more technical-related material."
"First day reviewing for ACT. Discussed test format and differences from SAT, took detailed look at scoring system. Completed entire writing section with raw score 73/75, began math section."
"During the session, we focused on the math section of the ACT. I worked with the client on several areas that she was having trouble with. We started with reviewing basic trigonometry concepts and working on several trig ACT questions. We then moved on to practicing word problems and geometry problems, reviewing concepts as the client moved along."
"Met and went over her weaker areas: science and reading (with some focus on the essay as well). Plan to meet again on Thursday in preparation for the April ACT."
"We reviewed the math test the student took and discussed the importance of avoiding errors because of how much they affect scores. We decided we will need to review alternate interior angles next week. We also reviewed the formulas he will need to have memorized for the test and practiced finding the equation for a circle. Then we talked about the types of rhetorical skills questions that appear on the English test."
"Today, we started by the student doing her English homework. Her accuracy started out high, but she found herself rushing near the end. I'm not worried about timing overall; she said she usually gets done with 10 minutes to spare, and so she wanted to take it slowly this time. Now, she knows she needs to move at a speed in between. She is having a lot of trouble with comma placement. We talked over some general guidelines, but if this continues to be a problem, we might have to spend some time going over comma placement. In addition, the style questions were giving her grief. We talked about how to examine context and look for answers that would break grammar over trying to pick what seems like the best content. In addition, we talked about how the test will try to trick users by splitting subjects/ verbs in the sentence so that the user will not notice a lack of agreement. She has a bunch of new tools with which to tackle this section. We also worked on reading, trying out a new strategy that involves taking minimal notes to help her keep track of what she's reading. This seems to help with accuracy, but she still needs to move a bit faster. I'm going to test out some strategies that focus on partial skimming/ speed reading this Saturday."
"First ACT session. Reviewed test format, differences from SAT, & went through part of each section of a practice exam to introduce strategies for English, Math, Reading, Science, and the Essay."