Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued our walk-through of the assessment by scoring the English section I had assigned him as homework over the weekend before turning to the Math section of the exam."
"The student and I did a practice assessment of each section today. The point was to gauge our progress and see what areas still need more attention. On the whole, she has improved in math and reading. The practice test took up our entire session today, so the rest of this week will be spent on writing strategies and tips."
"The student is continuing to make great strides. She only answered two problems incorrectly on the math section, and her writing score has gone up 40 points since last section. I will continue to facilitate her practice so that she can stay consistently above the 600 level."
"The student and I used the first part of this session for guided practice to reinforce his progress and ensure the most reliable assessment. Results were consistent with the previous week, so we continued to our survey of the writing section. We discussed how to maximize one's content score and properly organize a general persuasive essay, then applied the lesson to a sample prompt from the updated ACT. Before adjourning, he was able to evaluate each perspective and create a (guided) outline of a coherent response argument. I agreed to send a style guide and sample prompt as study resources; he should finish the reading prep for the next session, when we will wrap that section and transition to English."
"Due to the fact that these three sessions immediately preceded the student's first attempt at the SSAT, we mainly conducted a final general run through of all relevant information, and then discussed test day preparations. She had a strong grasp of verbal and reading, but was struggling somewhat with math and quantitative skills. I believe that she was fairly confident entering into the exam despite the fact that this was her first tough standardized test."
"We covered adverb synonyms and finished going over simplifying radicals. The student demonstrated an understanding of simplifying radicals. I've also suggested the student keep a vocab diary and enter into it all new words we go over."
"For our session today, we worked on plugging in numbers in place of variables. The student seemed to understand the idea and used it a lot to solve problems. We also worked on working backwards through problems using the multiple choice answers, which came pretty naturally to him."
"Today, we finished up discussing eukaryotic animal cell parts and functions, and we moved on to plants. I also gave her a mini quiz of information that we have covered to this point, and she got most of them correct."
"Today we covered mostly reading sections. We went through the passages and talked about trying to understand the flow of events and information. We also talked about identifying the major characters or subjects brought up in the passage. Afterwards we did a writing section just to get a little more practice with sentence error ID. The student got his SAT scores back and he got 510 reading, 620 math, and 580 writing. We will be meeting a few more times before his test on the 21st in hopes of increasing his reading score the most."
"Today we briefly went through each section the student will see on the text next weekend, we talked about specific strategies for each section as well as the time she'll have per question for each section. She seems comfortable with the test and the guessing strategy. We've been working on timing and she has definitely improved in the math. She should be able to finish each section entirely. I had her work on a practice essay section just so she would feel comfortable with the time. She was able to write a well thought out, well planned essay in the time allotted, so she should have no issues with that on test day. Then we went through some questions from each section that I thought were fairly difficult so she could see a little bit of everything. Next session we'll just go over a couple places she is a little bit weak, such as percentages and maybe probability. I think she's going to do great!"
"We covered general ACT test taking strategies for Reading and Science. We talked about how the student should read the question and skim over the answers first before reading the passage. We talked about how to make a decision between two answers by choosing the less extreme version. She struggled the most with "None of the Above" answer choices to which she must learn to stay away from assumptions of the passage and look for specific evidence. Scores are highest in Math with lower scores in Reading and Writing. She will be completing a practice test for Sunday's session."
"We went over logarithms and the ACT science section. The student did well with logarithms, and on Sunday we will continue to work on logarithm rules and converting logs for the calculator. For the ACT science, she seemed to struggle the most with complicated, multifaceted graphs. She does well with the written passages, so she should focus mostly on interpreting graphs and reviewing the different types of graphs she may encounter (e.g. ecology, meteorology, physics, chemistry, etc.)."