Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent this session working on the Math portion of the test. We were able to cover the first two review areas: Numbers and Operations and Algebra. Her basic math knowledge is very strong--she was already familiar with almost all the concepts we were reviewing. I assigned a practice section for homework."
"Today we began a general review of high school math. We covered linear equations, systems of linear equations, substitution and addition, factoring, inequalities, matrices, and logarithms. The area of most challenge was solving systems of equations using substitution and addition. I left him with math practice from an ACT Prep book."
"Today, we focused on hard math problems going over as many concepts as possible. He's doing well on the writing but occasionally reading passages throw him. He seemed a bit nervous about the work he did, and some of it was really rushed and inaccurate compared to normal. If he relaxes and gives his best on test day, he should do fine."
"The student and I worked on math concepts today to ensure he has a solid foundation for this part of the exam. We covered what an integer is, positive and negative numbers and how they change depending on operations, exponents of positive or negative integers and fractions, and how to add/subtract and multiply/divide fractions. This is a lot of material, but he seemed to grasp it well. I am sending him a set of problems to work on to reinforce these lessons for our lesson next week."
"I worked with the student on her last session before the SAT. She has struggled most with the Critical Reading but scores really well on the Writing sections, so I reminded her about some basic strategies on how to eliminate answer choices and how to choose between very similar answers (look directly in the passage for word/context clues). I also briefly reviewed some geometry with her including right triangles."
"Today the student and I went over the Math and Science portions of the ACT. On math, we did the last 20 questions of a section together, and they were more challenging than the first 40. I wrote down a few notes to help him on this section in the future. In our next session we will continue to cover Math, and I will add more to his review sheet. I also gave him some strategy tips on Science. On the practice test we did together he did very well and only missed one question. He suspects the practice test we did was easier than the one he had on the actual test. We will continue to do Science questions in our next session. I also asked him to complete a practice test in English before our next session so we could go over his mistakes."
"The student and I worked on her essay. We started by breaking down the composition of an introductory paragraph and a conclusion paragraph. We also looked at sample essays to get a sense of what is required in a 4 or a 5, then we looked at sample prompts to practice mapping out answers to different questions. She is going to have another practice essay done for our next session."
"The student and I went over her Science homework and practiced Reading passages as well. She got most of the Reading questions right, so I think if she applies the same strategy to Science, it will help boost her score there as well."
"We worked on a very challenging problem set focusing on inferences from social science and prose passages. We then reviewed etymology flashcards for common prefixes and suffixes and worked on a brief, targeted science review aimed at comparing conflicting viewpoints."
"In this session, the student and I discussed and reviewed the practice test he completed for homework. He did an excellent job on this test. His math and writing scores were exceptional, and he is already showing considerable improvement on the reading comprehension, especially since we only just recently began working on passage-based reading together. In our next session, we will finish going over the exam and continue to practice active reading for the passage-based reading section. For homework, he will complete all of the passage-based reading in Practice Tests #1 and #2."
"We covered advanced Reading and Science excerpts from the assessment. It was probably advisable to start from a similar assessment book rather than a mini-book. More practice and familiarity with reading passages will help with a higher score. To stimulate critical thinking, we practiced math on the assessment, which is basically math at a slightly higher level. Taking time to memorize key concepts such as the slope-intercept equation, triangular relationships, and square roots will help. Next time, we will do a similar routine with a different assessment textbook and finalize the lesson."
"The student and I had our last session in advance of his assessment on Saturday. We completed a reading practice test, going over the steps to passage-based reading questions very thoroughly, and we also looked at a practice science passage. He did very well with a little step-by-step support, and ultimately got 9 out of 10 questions correct on his final, self-guided reading passage. He does well on science passages."