Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed the last passage from the reading section of the third practice test, and we talked about ways to improve focus the morning of the ACT. Then, she finished a science section; after each passage, we discussed any incorrect answers. With the remaining time, she completed another passage from the reading section and we reviewed her responses."
"The student's mom decided we should review for the ACT math. She is taking the ACT on September 21st. We spent the session going over different strategies to use on the day of the test."
"The student and I reviewed basic trig for the math section, completed some simple drills, worked on part of a math section, and completed an English section."
"We spent the entire session on math, since this was one of the student's weaker areas. He has a good handle on the concepts, but he just needs to be reminded of some simpler math topics from the past (e.g. circle and triangle properties, averages and ratios, etc.). He is now more keen on using plug-in methods, and he sees how they can be ultimately more useful than doing head-on algebra in particular cases. I will send him some additional practice that he can go through on his own on a consistent basis."
"Today, we finished out our review for word problems. The student worked through about 23 word problems with me. Then, we did a quick review of synonyms and sentence completion. As a whole, he is very strong in these sections, and I would not recommend spending too much time reviewing these sections. We did about 65 synonyms and 20 sentence completion problems today. Next session, we will be completing two ISEE sections, which will have a mix of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and word problems. One section will also have some quantitative comparisons."
"In this session, the student and I went over some of the math questions she had completed for homework. Some of the content we covered included various forms of factoring, circles, Pythagorean Theorem, and rate. We also talked about some general strategies such as when to fill in numbers for variables and which difficult questions to avoid. For next time, she will attempt a full practice test to practice her timing and the skills we've worked on so far."
"We reviewed the student's assignments from over the break. She scored quite well in reading comprehension. We focused on certain areas of math, particularly on fractions, proportions, and decimal/percent conversions, in which she seems less comfortable. I have asked her to memorize the fractions conversion chart in her book and review multiplication tables through 10x10 to save time while solving problems on the exam. I have also given her 2 math sections, 1 verbal section (definitions and analogies), and vocabulary review as homework."
"We began the session by reviewing the Reading section of the practice SSAT. The student successfully answered some of the questions that he had skipped when taking the test. He said that he has a tendency to second-guess himself. I advised that on some of these questions, he should go with his gut instincts. We then worked on verbal questions (analogies and synonyms) and reading comprehension questions. We also worked on some algebra problems that he may be likely to see on the SSAT."
"Today, the student and I reviewed some sections and worked on general strategies. She's already made remarkable improvement on all the sections, and I'm expecting that she'll meet her goal come test time, if not exceed it. I assigned some work for next week."
"Today, the student and I went over a lot of math problems. I'm starting to get a feel for her comfort level with most problems, as well as an idea of how rusty she is with each concept. We also spent time to go over two example sections from a science test. She did very well on those, and we'll continue to focus on math and science moving forward. I gave her a reading section for HW."
"Today, we went over concepts such as word usage errors, idioms, active and passive voice, past perfect and tenses, verb usage, and semicolons. I advised the student to review idioms, semicolons rules, and active/passive voice, as well as verb usage rules. He was very receptive and improved dramatically over our session. I left him with some tips on the ACT and advised him to review the grammar rules he was a little bit shaky on, but otherwise, it was a great session!"
"The student and I started the first of our three session ISEE intensive weeks to prepare for his upcoming ISEE on the 9th. We continued to work on the math section, honing in particularly on scientific notation, linear geometry, and turning word problems into algebraic expressions. Another area of concern for him is time, as he has dragged a bit in his last few practice sessions. That being said, he has shown improvement and should be in a very good place come the 9th."