Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we did a foray into math. The student is quite strong on this. He solved the classic algebra trick question: (x - a)(x - b)(x - c)...(x - z) which is 0 because x - x is 0. We went over some of the geometry identities such as vertical angles, and I showed him a cool simple proof of why all triangles add up to 180 degrees."
"Went over essay construction, which we'll revisit next time. Gave some strategies for test taking and reading, and went through some practice problems. Emphasized note taking in the margins of the test to facilitate translating "test speak" into better understanding for student's personal concept."
"We looked over the student's diagnostic ACT test, spending more time on the Reading section than the English and math sections. The student seemed to have a really positive attitude toward the material! I think that he will be very successful moving forward with tutoring based on his willingness to work through and discuss problems and answer choices. I left the student with a summation of what we will focus on next time and will be e-mailing extra practice for him to complete. The student struggled mostly with the reading section, primarily in using his time efficiently and learning strategies to scan long passages. He also struggled with a few specific math concepts which I believe will be addressed by reviewing and practicing formulas."
"The student is doing great! We did a grammar overview which I think improved her confidence and made her much better prepared for the test. She's very receptive and grasps concepts quickly. Keep up the good work!"
"I had a good session with this student! We discussed the data analysis portion of SAT math. Also spent some time on basic trigonometry tricks, then moved on to strategies for the science section on the ACT. We are meeting again over the weekend."
"The student did his assigned ACT Reading homework. He only missed 2 questions out of 20, and he did fairly well with pacing too. After that, we went over the Science and English sections, and I assigned him some practice passages of each for next time."
"This is an SAT prep course, so that dictates the material: what's on the SAT, and test strategies. The student had done his homework, but had forgotten to score his Practice Test 2. I had us do it together: all his scores are up a lot. Thereafter, we finished the second arithmetic chapter in the review test guide (which is good for math, not for reading or grammar) and started algebra. We are now back to weekly lessons, which are much better for retention."
"We focused on the Quantitative section of the exam. I taught the student about like terms, variables, the distributive property, finding area of a parallelogram, simplifying expressions, solving for x, and ratios. She had never worked on any of these types of problems, so she needed them to be taught. Once she was exposed to the correct method for solving these types of problems, she did well solving similar questions on her own. We still need more practice with the advanced solving for x questions, but she has already made progress in that area. Next time, we are going to continue working on mostly Quantitative problems and also add a few reading and verbal. I left the student with notes on what we had gone over to review for our next session."
"The student and I began by working on ratios. She understood ratios well. Her biggest struggle in the ratio problems tends to be reading comprehension in the word problems, where she looks for the wrong things. We followed math with reading, where we went meticulously through a sample passage. We integrated vocabulary into the reading practice by defining any words she did not know."
"Today, the student and I went through the three-section practice test I assigned her. Her scores for each section ranged from 24 to 26. There were quite a number of questions she got correct instantly today that she got wrong yesterday, which points toward her taking the test and answering the questions too quickly. It is worth the extra couple of seconds to think about the answer, to make sure you get it right. In our discussions of the questions she missed, she was very knowledgeable and had a good attitude. The main thing she needs right now is practice, because she knows most of the material. I ran through some math questions with her at the end of the lesson, and she got them all right. I assigned her a full test (minus the essay) for next week, and we will see if she has progressed or not."
"The student and I worked on the practice test I assigned for homework. She answered 24 out of 35 correctly on the verbal and 22 out of 42 on the math. Many of the math questions that she had a tough time with were simply concepts that she hasn't seen in several years such as combinations and number line inequalities. We will cover all the areas in which she needs review. She's attentive, writes notes without my having to suggest it, and is focused. A pleasure to work with!"
"I covered another question the student had problems with when working on his own. We went over difficult practice questions from the practice set (including geometry, probability, word problems, and exponents)."