Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student focused on two Critical Reading practice tests and reviews. We also identified a specific approach that troubles her as she works through and deals with this very particular test. Her challenge is to isolate this aggravation, which is more difficult than it sounds. We are also continuing her vocabulary and context clue exercise."
"Practiced SAT Math, Reading, m-c writing and outlined a response to a sample SAT writing prompt. The student continues to gain confidence, and is becoming more successful at picking the correct choice in the sentence improvements after identifying the error in the sentence."
"We continued our accelerated survey of the ACT by turning to the Math section, which incorporates largely the same concepts and processes of which the student demonstrated mastery while studying for the SAT. Quickly examined sample problems from each tested subject (pre-algebra, algebra, linear/planar geometry, basic trig) before moving on to guided practice with high-tier ACT word problems. He has proved himself able to consistently solve any problem type offered by ACT Math. This section should require no further review, though we will likely do some more practice just before the test in the interest of keeping sharp."
"We covered Astronomy (moons, planets, the Oort Cloud, stars, galaxies, the mechanism by which stars produce heat and light, etc.) and Arithmetic (the properties of even and odd integers, how to combine like terms, and how to translate phrases into algebraic equations). I asked the student to begin reading the Astronomy book and the young adult book I procured for him for next time."
"Since last time, the student timed herself completing an entire practice test, and graded it. Today, we focused on the questions that she got wrong. She saw an improvement in the writing section, and we went through and talked about strategies for noticing writing mistakes, such as looking for subject-verb agreement, article agreement, redundancy, etc. We spent most of our time looking at math. We talked a lot about how to improve her test-taking mindset. Conceptually, everything seems to be clicking and only requiring minimal explanation for her to understand, so I think we can expect to see some real improvement on her math scores."
"The student and I finished the revising and editing the portion of the English test. We also went over the questions/answers from the last reading section she completed as homework last weekend. She was to tell me why the answer she chose was wrong or why the correct answer was correct. I am also going to look through the lessons to increase the student's understanding of punctuation. We are going to start working on the assessment tomorrow."
"The student and I did practice questions (taken from a website) in critical reading today--9 vocab questions and 8 reading comprehension questions. I encouraged the student to study a list of commonly seen vocab words on the assessment that she can find via the Internet. The student did fairly well in the reading comprehension section; as long as she takes notes and eliminates choices in this portion of the assessment, she will do just fine. We also spent the remainder of our tutoring session discussing how to obtain teacher recommendations for college applications."
"Today we covered some of the student's Alg2 homework that is similar to topics covered on the assessment. We then did Algebra/order of operations review practice and some trig practice problems from my assessment book."
"We worked on specific problems from a sample problem set. I think that the student has a lot of the basics down: she knows the formulas and how to solve problems once she sees how to. I worked on visualizing that process-oriented strategy with her, organizing it into 3 categories: what we know, what we can figure out from this information, and what we want to find out. I left her to finish the problem set and we'll work on any questions she may have the next session."
"We first worked on a 20 minute critical reading section that had vocabulary and a passage with excerpts from two authors. We recognized key elements that she needed to cover such as preposition phrases, subject-verb agreement, punctuation marks, etc. She did well on this section. And lastly, we worked on a 25-minute math section. She did well, only asking for my assistance a few times."
"The student and I discussed many questions from the math section of the assessment, including concepts such as algebraic expressions, Pythagorean theorem, solving algebraic equations, and using number sentence techniques to solve sequences and other math problems. We also discussed some ideas for writing prompts and went over sentence improvement and passage based questions."
"The student and I spent most of the session analyzing his most recent assessment practice test. He scored the following: 680 in Critical Reading, 680 on Math, and 620 on Writing. Later, we covered 25 new vocabulary words."