Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was the student's first session. We began with the math portion of the exam. He took the exam prior to our session and scored a 28, which is consistent with his previous score. After working with the student in this session, I am confident he will see an increase in his Math score. We plan to meet again next Sunday."
"This was my first session with the student, so at first we discussed his approach to the reading section and how he felt about managing his time and getting through the test. I gave him a few notes about the best approach to the reading section, and how best to handle which passages and which questions to tackle first. We then went through a passage and questions together, following the guidelines I wrote out for him. We then went through several passages of his choice with the student leading. We will continue next session with practice passages together, but this time under a time constraint. We will work on quickly applying the methods for reading that we established during this session."
"Our session yesterday consisted mostly of practice problems and explanations about the different ways of doing every problem. We went over the practice they did in their books and used some flash cards I have. Now that we have done a lot of math work together, I am having them do the three math sections of a full length practice SAT so that we can see what their scores are next time, and use that to decide what we should continue to focus on."
"The student and I finished reviewing the ACT rhetoric and style skills that are necessary for the English section of the exam. We focused on a writer's "strategies" (i.e. how one develops a topic different ways) and we talked about concision and clarity with regard to redundancy, wordiness and cliche. I assessed his absorption of the material with several sample passages."
"Today we went over his mistakes on the critical and writing sections from the first practice SAT test from the Official Guide and reviewed vocabulary. His scores improved compared to when he took the test in January. The student was still struggling the most with vocabulary. I left him with the critical and writing sections from the second practice SAT. I have no concerns from this session."
"Good first lesson with the student. She had not taken a practice test yet, so today we started with the test's structure, some basic poetry/prose strategies and then moved on to basic literary terms, types of poetry, etc. After she takes a practice test we will know a bit more about where to focus our time and attention. For homework she is to finish up the question set associated with our last poem and do a timed practice test."
"Today, we focused on general strategies to improve accuracy and efficiency on each section of the SAT. We are focusing on the Critical Reading section, so we spent the first hour doing practice exams and explaining the correct answers. We spent thirty minutes doing the same for the Mathematics section, and we spent the last thirty minutes reviewing strategies for the SAT Essay."
"First ACT session. We began by discussing the ways in which the students SAT training will lend itself to the ACT, then discussed the major differences between the tests. I showed her the types of essay prompts the ACT gives and discussed with her the different expectations of ACT essay graders (i.e., more discursive treatment of the topic because of more space in which to write, more even-handed treatment of the different arguments on the topic). Then we went through some math problems which I thought were representative of "ACT knowledge." We didn't have time to get through any of the science reasoning portion, but I'm not too worried because the student scored 28 on her pre-ACT as a sophomore and only needs a 30 for automatic admission to her target school. I assigned her a timed essay and a timed science reasoning section."
"The student thinks she is really weak in the Reading Comprehension sections of standardized tests, so she wants to focus on that for the ACT. We went through two reading sections of a practice test, and focused on strategies such as underlining questions/relevant passage sections and crossing out obviously wrong answers. Assigned some Reading practice problems/strategy material for this Tuesday and a diagnostic test to complete before next Sunday."
"Worked on an ACT science practice session, and also on one for reading. We went over some strategies and I did a few passages with her, talking her through the data/experiments and the questions. I then had her do a practice reading section, which went well."
"The student completed a practice English section; she scored a 26, which was a huge improvement from her first practice test. We went over the questions she missed, and she had a few questions about vocabulary and comma rules. Then, we finished discussing the math section. We went over algebra, geometry, and trig, focusing on topics that are likely to come up on the ACT. She did a few practice questions; we have been focusing on using percentages and doing word problems, so we talked through a few problems together. For next time, I asked her to complete a full math practice section."
"We got acquainted with the ACT format and scoring, and then we did a little practice in each of the 4 sections. The student found the English and reading easy, and she did very well. The science was all new for her, but she got the hang of it by the second passage. She thought the math at the beginning of the practice test we reviewed was very easy and wanted to try some of the questions at the end of the section, so we did a few of those as well."