Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by reviewing the ACT sections the student completed for homework. His scaled scores were between 25-32. We went over his incorrect answers to show him where he made his mistakes and have him come up with the correct answer. He completed 31 questions in the Math section during this session. He reviewed his vocabulary words. He did extremely well."
"The student didn't finish her last revision of her persuasive essay so we worked on completing it. We then began working on an SAR. We examined an excerpt of Beauty and the Beast to answer an SAR prompt using a step-by-step process. I left her with homework to complete an SAR over a single selection and an SAR comparing two selections."
"Session 1: ACT format (subject areas tested, number of questions, time allotment, online ACT prep website, registration); raw score vs. scale, and patterns to look for on English sub-test; Homework assignment was to register for ACT test date before deadline in order to avoid a late fee. Session 2: Assessed basic skills in ACT English and reading. Predicted score in English was a 23 while reading was a 12. The student notes that he needs to work on reading comprehension which will be the focus of future sessions. The student still needs to register for the ACT test."
"The student and I spent our time on ACT Reading and ACT English--specifically making inferences about passages and correcting sentences. In future sessions, he and I will be working on ways to slow down his reading of a passage so that he's able to analyze the significance of each individual word, and so he does not miss details that will help him select the correct answer."
"The student and I covered most of the quantitative section of the test. Next time we will go over fractional and negative exponents, funky sign equations, and then we'll go to verbal. After that I will give him a practice test, and we may meet one more time to review that."
"At the beginning of our session, I had the student continue with the verbal section of the SSAT practice test. Although he still skipped several questions, he did answer some of the questions that he had skipped when we had worked on this during our previous session. Then he completed the second quantitative (math) section of the SSAT practice test. I am still working on scoring the test, but I observed that he had more correct answers on the second math test than he did on the first math test. For the remainder of the session, we worked on the problems that he had answered incorrectly on the first math test. On a few of those problems, his mistakes were minor, and for most of the others, he understood where he had miscalculated or misinterpreted information when I explained it to him. During our next session, we will work on reviewing and correcting answers from the other sample tests."
"In the past two days, the student completed a diagnostic test, and she scored a composite score of 29. Her strengths were Reading, English, and Science: scoring a 28, 28, and 32, respectively. We will need to shift focus on punctuation rules to improve her English score. I am not worried about getting adequate practice for Reading and Science. I'll be assigning more math homework practice problems."
"We picked up right from where we left off yesterday. We finished a flashcard set involving synonyms with multiple meanings. The student requested that we review and practice analogies, so we reviewed types of analogy relationships common to the SSAT and practiced a number of problems from various analogy flashcard sets. She practiced vocab as we reviewed analogies as well. We then moved on to the math section. We watched a brief video reviewing the formula for arithmetic sequences and then practiced a number of problems. She struggled with this formula at first but gradually got the hang of it as we went along. Next time, we will focus on the reading section."
"The student did several practice English tests. We focused on looking at exactly what the question is asking and on skimming the passage. She feels the need to read the entirety of the passage word for word, which really slows her down and prevents her from analyzing the question fully. I modeled how to skim a passage and answer the questions. She then took a few turns trying it out. I think further practice will improve her score tremendously."
"During our last session we specifically went over what I wanted her to do over her winter break. I assigned her a lot of practice problems, especially on the English section, as that is what we are working on right now the most. Following this, we spent about 45 minutes going over some biology questions she had regarding her AP Bio class in high school. I helped her with a few concepts, such as the levels of protein structure."
"Went over essay writing strategies -- what to do if you can't immediately think of examples. The student is improving on writing/ grammar sections! Practice is really helping. We're continuing to work on critical reading and textual practice. I definitely see lots of progress coming from our sessions."
"This session went well. We worked more on probabilities and the student is showing improvement in that area. We also went over a couple of arithmetic questions. Tonight he is supposed to do the second half of the two tests he worked on for today."