Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
" The student worked through a number of assessment test English and math questions. He has shown some progress and has a firmer understanding of some geometric and English concepts. I've asked him to review grammar rules as homework."
"For this week, the student did practice test 4. This is essentially the same score as he got last session, which is still good. After answering all of his questions, we reviewed logarithms. We also went through his outline for the essay section of practice test 4, and discussed possible additional arguments that he could make within his essay. Since, we had time left over, I had him take the math section of practice test 5, which he got a 36 on. He missed a question about logic(motus ponens, motus tollens), so I gave him a quick crash course in that. For next week, I would like him to finish practice test 5 along with one of the practice assessment tests."
"In our session, the student and I covered how to find the length of a line using the distance formula, how to find the midpoint of a line segment, how to determine if lines are parallel or perpendicular, how to add, multiply, divide, and subtract exponents, how to find a logarithm, how to multiply and divide rational expressions, and how to find the probability of an outcome."
"We went over the first math diagnostic test together. The student did extremely well. He only answered 3 questions wrong, and immediately understood his mistake on each one. We then began the first critical reading diagnostic test together and got through about half of it. He also did very well on this test. He requested an additional math diagnostic test to take in preparation for our next session."
"We reviewed ACT English. We went over questions assigned for homework from the English and Math sections and discussed answers and explanations. We also discussed necessary skills like use of commas and mathematical concepts like ratios."
"The student went over the math test again on her own. She caught some mistakes she'd made before and was able to figure out some of the other problems based on what we'd reviewed. I went through the other problems with her. There were a couple problems covering material she hadn't learned (matrices and trig). I showed her how to do the matrices on the calculator but I told her she shouldn't worry about spending time on problems she doesn't know. Then we went through strategies for the science section. Her main difficulty is time management. She also had trouble with reading some of the graphs. For our next session I asked her to time herself when taking a science practice test, doing only 6 minutes per section to see how that helps."
"I graded the student's mock SATs (except the essay). He earned a 620 and 560 in Math and reading. Also, we reviewed the first 2 sections from the test. He will do 2 more mock tests before the real test at the end of January."
"The student started the test I assigned but realized he had already completed that test. We worked on a mixture of problems and I assigned him a verbal section and a quantitative section from the review book."
"The student and I discussed general approaches, previous feeling on test, etc. She wants to focus on the reading and math parts (she says writing is fine). We worked in the SAT study guide book; she'd already worked tests 1-2, so we started on test 3, and completed sections 2 (math) and 4 (reading). Generally she has a very strong understanding of material; we mostly discussed alternative ways of working/ reading questions (some more efficient) and cleaned up a few rough spots (explaining how to fully reason certain math problems where she wasn't sure how to proceed; working through reasoning on English problems when not sure about word meanings/ passage evidence). I'm looking forward to working with you further!"
"The student and I met for our first session tonight. Clearly, he is extremely gifted in mathematics. It is always a pleasure to work with someone so bright, because they sometimes bring new clarity to problems in ways I had not seen before. We focused mostly on doing problems as a diagnostic today since we had not met before. He did extremely well, once again mostly only making avoidable mistakes (and I was pushing him for time so they might have been a result of that). He should check up on his rules of exponents. I am going to look to give him some homework to do between now and next week, and I am going to try and focus the next lesson on test-taking practices. He has a good attitude, and I am looking forward to continuing to work with him."
"This session went very well. We worked on data analysis, focusing on probability, since those were the problems with which the student had issues. He had a great attitude and showed improvement by the end of the session. I am sending him extra problems tonight to reinforce the work we did today along with new problem to prep for next time."
"Today the student worked on converting fractions to decimals and percents. He also worked on finding percentages of numbers as well as word problems that used percentages. He practiced word problems that used square roots, the distributive property, sets, perimeter, area, fractions, ratio, order of operations, proportion and factors. He also worked on synonyms and analogies."