Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"My first session with the student went very well. She did not have the chance to take a practice math section before we met. To begin, I corrected some old practice problems while she completed 1 timed section. Her overall time management skills seemed good at first glance - she finished the section and had time to go back and reconsider the harder problems, which seemed good. The more we work through these logic-based math problems together, the more comfortable she will get. This session really helped me understand where Emily's insecurities and gaps are. Frankly, I think practice will give Emily the confidence and extra boost she needs to be well prepared for the October 5th SAT."
"The student and I discussed the reading passage she completed for homework. Then, she finished a science section; after each passage, we reviewed her responses and went over any incorrect answers. For homework, she will be working on problems from the math section of the ACT."
"We went over the English and part of the Math sections of the client's previous practice test. We discussed how the client could improve on his English section. The client then worked on several difficult math problems and we went over the answers together. We then quickly discussed the essay section (will go over in more detail in the next session)."
"The student completed another essay. She needs to work on her conclusions and using examples from the feature articles she's been reading. We also worked through some more reading problems, finding concrete details."
"Today we started off by practicing sample math problems. We worked through them together, though the student had a solid handle on how to solve most, if not all, of them. Her main task will be picking up her pacing by becoming more familiar with number patterns and formulas. Then we switched over to logical reasoning and focused on deciphering between what "must be true" vs what "might be true.""
"Today I met with the students for our first session. They are preparing for SSAT Middle Level, and their test date is this coming Saturday. We covered Math concepts today, such as converting a decimal to a fraction, probability word problems (i.e. rolling dice) and dealing with percentages. Both kids are quite bright and very eager to learn! Student A had some trouble with percentages but after working through the problem was able to arrive at the correct answer. Both are overall very good with probability but needed some clarification with the dice problems (i.e. that there are 36 possible outcomes, not 12). For extra practice I assigned the SSAT Middle Level Math Diagnostic Test 1, and both kids will email their results so I can have a look before our next session."
"We covered reading by first going over the diagnostic test, and then practicing quickly answering the passage questions. We also talked about the importance of context in all critical reading questions, in particular the fill-in-the-blank questions. Finally, we looked at agreement errors in the writing section."
"We continued to cover COMPASS math concepts, reviewing algebra and geometry. We did a tiny bit of trig, too. The student's homework is to review the basic trig concepts of sine, cosine, and tangent so he can answer at least a few of those questions on the test Wednesday. He's doing well. Most of what we are covering is a review of previously-learned material. However, there are some holes in his learning that he attributes to movement between high schools. We will continue to locate and fix these."
"Today, we finished the student's first practice test. Then, we started working on a practice test from a different school and found the test was much more challenging. We reviewed L'Hopital's rule, linearization, and the quotient rule. The student needs to keep practicing the material to cement the topics we cover in our sessions."
"It was great meeting the student today! She's a sweet girl, with a strong drive to do well on the exam. She and I spent the first part of our session discussing her experience with the ACT, past Math and Science classes, and how sessions will work. We went through some Reading strategy and practiced a passage together; she did very well! She had almost all of the questions correct. We then moved onto Science and walked through 3 practice passages together and talked about strategy. I think she will see the greatest increase in Science; she did really well with our strategy! She is going to work on some easy/medium Math problems for homework. We will review them next time, work on some hard problems together, and work on the Prose Fiction passage in Reading. She understands I will assign her a little more than double homework to complete between our Wednesday and Monday sessions, but only a little on Monday's."
"We spent the first 40 minutes on the Natural Science Passages. The student seems very interested in the context and can see the vocabulary pretty well. She is doing consistently well in this section. We then spent 40 minutes on the Literary Fiction Passages. These proved to be harder for her, as she has not read any of the books, nor heard of the authors. A lot of concepts like 'divine design' and 'Utopia' were new to her. We finished with 40 minutes spent on the Humanities Passages. She is gaining vocabulary and confidence and is using the techniques we have been practicing. I think she will be more and more confident as we continue to study, and she'll be ready for the test on the 23rd. She is a pleasure to teach. I encouraged her to work on puzzles (crossword, word searches, Sudoku) and to participate in games (Jeopardy! on television) to help stimulate outside and interactive learning. I was very happy to see that she completed the homework assignment I gave to her."
"We reviewed basic test-taking strategies, including guessing and multiple passes. We went over the basics of the reading, math, and science sections, mostly working through practice problems. The student wanted to concentrate mostly on math, so we spent about half our time on that section, reviewing quadratic equations, graphs of functions, polynomials, and other algebra concepts. For the reading and science sections, we covered general question types and how to approach them, using specific examples. To improve the effectiveness of the next session, I advised the student to take a practice math test so I can help him where he's struggling. Also, I advised him to take a practice version of the test as a whole so he can get an idea of the pacing he needs."