Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed general tips for the ACT. We then focused on strategies for the English section and did a practice passage together. We thoroughly discussed the answers. Afterwards, we focused on the Reading section. We discussed strategies to speed up reading and to make it more efficient (underlining, summarizing, pacing)."
"We covered trigonometry, probability/statistics, matrices and polar coordinates to prepare for the student's Subject Math II test. I explained the basic concepts to her for the topics, and we solved practice problems given in her studying material. She seemed to understand the basic concepts and how to apply them."
"Today the student and I reviewed some more math concepts. We briefly went over some material that we talked about last time (interior and exterior angles) as well as covered how to solve questions pertaining to other shapes (kite, pentagon, parallelograms). We then went over trigonometry identities for the remainder of the session."
"We worked on math, reading, and verbal. We again worked on finding the value of x, which the student has improved on. We worked on probability and practiced many problems with these concepts. We also did some practice reading questions, where she did a great job of finding the main idea of a passage. We worked on some analogies and worked on using the strategy of using suffixes and prefixes to help find the meaning of words. We went over lots of examples with this, and she is going to practice working on these."
"The student and I focused on the math portion of her practice test. She likes to have a straightforward, formulaic approach to problems, so we worked on thinking about simple formulas like finding averages as equations that can be used for finding a missing variable and applying the rules of algebra. We covered new material and also went over concepts that she hasn't seen since elementary math and wanted to revisit. She was totally engaged throughout the session and fun to work with."
"The student and I focused on math today since that was his lowest score on his practice test. We spent an hour going over concepts from the number concepts/ operations section of the test and then I gave him 3 sets of practice problems, on which he did well, getting 11/36 wrong. We went over each of the questions he had trouble with. I think he should review all the notes he has and he'll be in good shape for the test."
"Today, we started with a geometry problem set. The student struggled a bit with ratios and completing the square, so we talked through how best to approach those problems. We then worked specifically on those problems for the remainder of the session."
"We covered earth and space in ACT science and triangles, percentages, and fractions in ACT math. The student struggled with comprehending the passages in the science portions, but excelled in all of the mathematics topics that we've covered. She was, as always, ready to learn and prepared for all of the explanations and reviewing that we usually do. The strategies I included were shortcuts in solving Pythagorean triples. I noticed that she is getting progressively faster and more independent at answering the mathematics and science questions. She even declined to work on reading because of how effectively she has mastered that topic."
"The student and I worked on reading comprehension during today's session. We began the session with a relatively low level reading selection. He did well with this. I am beginning to think he may be having difficulties with his reading comprehension. After this selection, we moved onto The Gift of the Magi. For this selection, there are no questions that came with the reading. I asked him questions about the reading and it took approximately 3 minutes for him to find the answer. I am not sure if it is because he is reading too fast or he isn't reading at all. I am thinking we may have to work intensely on reading comprehension for him to perform better on his tests."
"We worked today on ACT English. We went over what she missed on the English section of her practice test and using that I had her do questions that specifically targeted what she didn't understand. We talked about strategies for ACT English because the ACT wants a very specific answer for each question. The ACT wants active voice, not passive, and they hate redundancy, etc. We also went over different forms of punctuation, misplaced modifiers, subject/ verb agreement questions and first vs second vs third person. There are clear patterns in this section I wanted her to see and she is picking up on them so she won't miss them again."
"In today's session, the student and I primarily covered the science section of an ACT practice exam, going through each question and making note of important concepts that may appear in future exams. He demonstrated an understanding of the majority of the material we dealt with, but could improve on the thoroughness and efficiency with which he analyzes questions. We also completed a few questions from the math section, in which he was generally proficient, but could benefit from brushing up on the basics (greatest/least common factors/multiples, ratios, etc.). We'll continue to work on these concepts."
"The student had taken a full length practice test. She did well on the reading comprehension and well on the verbal reasoning. The lowest scores were in the math areas. Part of this is due to the fact that she has not been exposed to complex numbers, trig, etc., in her math career. We then reviewed all of the incorrect answers on the verbal reasoning and the math portions. I suggested that she also review the words in the back of the book, specifically those that she had not known in the verbal part and the 100 math concepts. I also suggested that she take the verbal reasoning and math components of the two practice tests in the book. She can self-check the answers and look at the explanations if she does not understand the given answer. She can also review the strategies that we went over. She is a great young lady, and I have enjoyed working with her."