Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began our session by discussing his problem areas with the ACT and talking about the ways that we might go about studying to improve them. We spent much of the session on the English portion of the exam. We discussed appositives and correct comma and dash use to express them. .We spent the last half-hour on reading, where he answered perhaps 2/3 of questions correctly. We talked about pacing in the reading section. We also discussed the importance of summarizing the content of the passage to himself after every few paragraphs, in order to avoid his becoming lost in the story. Lastly, I emphasized the relative difficulty of reading questions before the reading itself in a work of prose fiction (as opposed to natural sciences writing) and the importance of skimming details (and going back for them if necessary) and honing in on action and quotations."
"The student and I reviewed her work on the essay section preparation, and then began focusing on the science test. She had written another sample essay; this writing sample showed great progress over her last practice essay in its degree of concrete, specific detail, and in its examination of the complexities and limitations of her stance. Moreover, she was able to do her brainstorming and planning much more quickly and efficiently than last time; with the result that she had much more written in the essay itself. With the student feeling more confident in her idea planning and time management techniques for the essay test, we moved on to science. We talked about the 3 passage types, the similarities and differences between the most efficient approaches to each type, as well as the value of using reasoning and basic chart/graph reading skills rather than her memory of content knowledge in answering the questions. We also went over some tips for avoiding getting lost or distracted by amount of data (be it images or text) on a page, particularly the potential usefulness of skipping straight from the introductory paragraph to the questions for all but the contrasting viewpoints passages."
"Covered English/grammar subject-verb agreement categories in depth, and delved into the science in its entirety."