Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went through the math reference page seen on the exam, specifically the relationships between the sides and angles of special right triangles, the Pythagorean theorem, the formulas for the area and volume of polygons, and the measurement of circles using degrees and radians. We did practice math problems as well as writing. As before, he struggles more with the math than the English/writing, as he has had minimal exposure to the content covered in the math sections."
"For the majority of the session today we covered the writing and science portions of the ACT. The student had written a practice essay based on a prompt in her practice book, and we went over different ways to improve her writing, which included: catering more to the prompt, using less cliches and informal language, and including more non-personal examples. We went deep into how the new essay portion of the test differs from the old, and discussed different strategies to employ according to new standards, which include more analysis than before. Next we practiced science questions, the majority of which came relatively easy for her, once she became accustomed to their sheer length and complicated jargon. We touched upon some sample reading questions, 12 of which she answered correctly of 13! I'm confident her reading score will increase dramatically this time around. We also briefly practiced sample math questions, this time from the app. I strongly suggested that she practice the math questions on the app as well as write one practice essay in the new format. I'm confident that the next two sessions will be enough to improve her score as well as her own confidence and comfortability."
"I discussed ACT material with the student. We went over a little bit of each section and some concepts to focus on in future tests."
"Today, we started by reviewing the practice questions the student got wrong in his practice Math and Verbal sections. For the end of the session, we focused on Verbal practice questions, specifically analogy ones that were challenging not because of their vocabulary but because of the relationships between the words. I would encourage him to really take his time to think through the analogy questions--by slowing down just a bit he seems to noticeably improve his accuracy."
"In our first session, we focused on math. We reviewed averages, algebraic substitution, plane geometry (most notably circles inscribed inside of squares), number lines, and remainders. We also spoke more generally about how the math questions on the SAT differ from the questions on a typical high school math test. The student came to the session ready to learn. I worked to break things down into smaller steps to show her how seemingly intimidating questions could become more manageable. I left her with math homework."
"Today I helped the student prepare for the ACT. We began with the reading comprehension, in which he did well and only missed 2 problems. He then had me go over a few math problems that had caused him confusion. Finally, we worked on the reading portion of the exam which seemed to be the most confusing for him. Overall, he did very well and has a good grasp on the materials."
"We focused on the overall structure of the ISEE exam. The family had a lot of questions about the structure, how much time for each section, etc. We reviewed these ideas for a while, and then we moved on to reading comprehension. We focused on the main idea of passages, as this is where the student struggles the most. We reviewed strategies such as writing in the margins and underlining ideas. He is working on an essay before the next time we meet."
"Today, we reviewed strategies for ACT math. The student is strong in algebra and geometry, but she needs to practice pacing herself. I have told her that she needs to start taking a practice test for 1-2 sections at least 2-3 times a week. She should also take a diagnostic test for each ACT section so we can practice more efficiently."
"The student and I covered SAT Math, specifically circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles. A lot of these problems, though seemingly complex and difficult according to him, were broken down into simple steps, which he got with a little prodding and explanation. For example, we had a PEMDAS problem that asked to simplify 5 + 1.5 (2x). He thought that it was necessary to distribute the 5 here, and I explained why it was not. Afterwards, it wasn't a problem. We devoted several minutes to special right triangles and how to derive the sines and cosines for all quadrants. Overall, I like the student's enthusiasm and how he's fully engaged in the lesson. I am definitely looking forward to working with him."
"The student practiced writing an essay today using the new prompts released as part of the official ACT guide. He was very adept at constructing an argument and choosing salient examples to support his position. Hopefully more practice prompts will be released soon so he can continue to practice the new format."
"I worked with the student on the math and quantitative reasoning portions of the ISEE test. I advised her on strategies for the test as well. I left her with things she can practice and look over in preparation of the exam."
"Today, we met and went through the remainder of the English practice section and math. I will bring some select English practice for next week based on our work today."