Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over practice questions for the SAT math level 2 exam to go over strategies and content for each."
"We went over pacing strategy in math, and determined the problems that gave her the most challenge. We went over essay strategy, and sample English section passages."
"The student and I took a complete dry run of the ACT today. We'll grade it next time, and she's going to send me an image copy of the essay she'll write this weekend so it can be graded."
"Today, we went over sections, just like we've been doing. We spent most of our time going over math. The students are beginning to equalize in terms of scores, and both of them have improved. I assigned some work for them to finish before our next session."
"The student and I worked through two ACT science passages, one reading passage, and fifteen math problems yesterday. She did well with science. We will continue our focus on the other sections. She was engaged with working through the practice test."
"The student's mother sent me his practice tests. I am focusing on the areas that I feel will be most helpful for him mainly in math, with a review of strategies for the other sections to boost his score. We started with strategies for the verbal section and practiced 10 of these. A review of prefixes, suffixes, and roots was held as well, as this is a great way to boost the verbal section. In math, we practiced probability, coordinate geometry with slope, and area/perimeter problems on a coordinate grid. We started probability questions at the end, and will continue more tomorrow."
"Today, I had the students complete two assessment exam sections, one reading section and one quantitative reasoning section. Student 1 did exceptionally well on quantitative reasoning, with only six questions wrong total, and Student 2 did exceptionally well on reading, with only 4 questions wrong. Even more importantly, both boys have become much more efficient with their time management skills, and they were able to complete the majority of the test, even when dealing with subjects that they are less confident in."
"We covered subject/verb agreement, understanding of possessive pronouns, verb tenses, and reading comprehension. The student excelled with understanding when to use commonly confused words. We reviewed all the parts as we went through, and then we finished the session with a cumulative exercise that is similar to the GED itself. We also reviewed reading comprehension -- understanding explicit and implicit main ideas, as well as specific details in the text."
"The student's mother asked that we discuss the state assessment, as he will be taking the test next Monday. We went over the general format of the test before attempting some practice problems. He showed a good understanding of the nonverbal patterns. We discussed some strategies for analogy and antonym questions. We also did some work on timing, as the test allows less time per question than the ISEE. After our work on the state assessment, we went over some sentence completion practice problems. He did very well at plugging in his own answers and eliminating unlikely answer choices. We finished with some brief practice on synonym questions."
"The student is a very bright and attentive student, but like most pre-HS kids can become restless toward the 2-hour mark; still, she had the self-discipline to maintain focus throughout the lesson. We used her Middle Level ISEE prep book, in which she had already begun some practice. Her mom noted that her math classes have followed a different stream from "Common Core," and so while she actually has a very practical approach that allows her to estimate and rule out answer choices with ease, there are certain areas with which she just has a bit less experience (particularly translating word problems into pure math). I've given some support in this respect; otherwise, she is off to a good start with sentence completion and synonyms, and seems to have a good balance in all parts of the test. I gave her some math practice questions for homework; we will most likely focus on critical reading at our next session Friday."
"We reviewed the arithmetic problems which the student had done for homework and also the reading comprehension section. She did well with the arithmetic and only got 8 wrong from the reading comprehension section. We then worked on the math section of the SSAT test, the first 10, and she did great! She will finish the rest for homework. We also discussed the essay prompt "What is your favorite academic subject and why?" We brainstormed ideas to develop her 5 paragraphs and she will complete the essay for homework. She also completed 20 synonyms from the practice test 2 in the book."
"The student took the first practice test in the prep book, and we reviewed the results, including the essay (which was excellent). In general, she was happy with the increase in her Writing score (710, I believe), but not with her Reading and Math scores. She felt she had made simple mistakes on some math questions, and in the real testing situation she would use any extra time to re-check her answers. I suggested that she might want to read the questions a bit more slowly, to make sure she is answering the right question. For next week, she will try to take a few sections from the second practice test, when time permits. She will probably be able to take the complete third practice test after her exams in the second week of January."