Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started off by covering the English test the student took last time. We took a practice Reading test in staggered passages, and he scored a 35 at the other side, which he was ecstatic about. We also covered a few of the types of Science passages which give him trouble, and worked on building up time surpluses at the start of a test rather than at the finish."
"We reviewed the various types of Sentence Completion and Passage-Based questions that might appear on the SAT and strategies for approaching each. After that, we completed practice questions for each type of question. We also did some vocab review and reviewed a practice reading section that the student had completed prior to our lesson. For next week, she plans to complete 1-2 more practice sections that we will review together and during our session, we will do more intensive vocab review using flashcards."
"We reviewed the student's vocabulary flash cards, did some word root and word building worksheets, and worked on vocabulary-in-context and reading comprehension using the book I've provided him. We then reviewed his practice math and math worksheets."
"The student and I finished another math test today. She only missed 4 problems, but with the way the test is scored that drops her down from an 800 to a 700. Most of her mistakes came from not copying down the problem correctly instead of a lack of understanding, which is good. I think she will be successful on the test to be sure."
"Began with reviewing last week Science strategies. Took half of a science test. Went over problems and the student came up with some additional strategies for herself. Reviewed Geometry (area, perimeter of circles, parallelograms and triangles) and various mixed applications."
"We worked on solving for x again, which is what the student identifies as what she is struggling with the most and what she wants to master. She has definitely made significant progress in this area, but struggles with some of the steps at times, still. She did a great job with area questions and simplifying expressions. We also worked on synonyms and built upon her vocabulary list. I asked her to use each vocabulary word in a sentence before we meet again."
"Today the student and I met for the first time and made it all the way through a practice English section for the ACT. She did very well on these problems, but there are a couple areas of focus (commas, for example) that I'll work towards with her next week. It was great to meet her."
"Today, the student and I focused on the writing and English sections. We did practice problems in both of these areas, and I attempted to highlight the high yield grammatical errors again. We then shifted to vocabulary fill-in questions, and I gave her some strategies to answer questions when she does not know the words. For our next session, she will complete the next test in the SAT book."
"In this session, the student and I went over the full practice SAT she had completed for homework. She made gains in her writing and math sections. Overall, she increased her score around 60 points. We went through the questions she answered incorrectly in the math section and also spoke about how she can more efficiently use her time on this section. I took a look at her essay, and we talked about some ways she can make her body paragraphs stronger. For homework, she will complete a timed reading and math section, which we will review in our next session."
"The student had told me that he felt confident about the math section on his December SAT. However, it turned out that he skipped many questions, and he needed help on many concepts. Good news is, he improved since his December test for sure. Today, we focused heavily on algebra and functions. The subtopics were functions, algebraic expressions, radicals, and exponents. We will go over all of algebra, and then, I think the best strategy afterwards is to take a lot of full-length tests and review concepts he gets wrong. Until the test date in January, he needs to seriously devote a lot of time to studying and importantly, reviewing. He seems to have forgotten many of the concepts we learned earlier. It comes back after a quick refresher, however, it is important that those concepts stick permanently into his head--and constant reviewing during his free time will help."
"Today, we focused on Verbal and Math. In the Verbal section, we focused on synonym questions, specifically verbs relating to communicating, arguing, or understanding. The student seems to be improving, and I can tell he's starting to get the hang of these types of questions. In the Math section, we focused on whole/part questions, often in the form of word problems. For the most part, these questions seemed to come easily to him, and he was often successful at them."
"We worked on the following concepts today: finding f(x), FOIL, quadratic equations, polynomials, inequality equations, averages and mean, circles in terms of their diameters, area, and sector areas. I advised the student to review the quadratic equations and degrees of polynomials. She was very receptive to the material that was reviewed. I gave her a couple of extra tips on the actual ACT, such allocating time on easier questions where she can get more points. She definitely seemed more confident on the ACT math portion!"