Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, our primary focus was math. She's strong in many concept areas. She needs help decoding the format of the test and developing strategies to help when she is stuck."
"The first half of the session we went over the English section of the ACT. We talked about the use of semicolons, colons, and em dashes for a little while since these are the most misunderstood forms of punctuation and sure to show up on the ACT. I talked about the general structure of the test and some strategies that apply the whole section like focusing just on the charts and graphs rather than the text. We then went through some problems and learned some more specific strategies and skills, like using two different figures together and isolating what each figure alone says and what the two have in common in order to draw a conclusion about data in one figure from another figure."
"We began today's session by covering the essay portion of the test. We outlined one practice prompt together, and we then wrote one full essay. After completing this we ran through several reading and science sections together."
"For this session, I had asked the student to complete two reading passages from the prep book. She did so, and did well, with the exception of managing her time well. We reviewed the passages and the questions, discussing the different types of questions, along with strategies that enable her to read efficiently. Afterwards, we reviewed the writing section and briefly outlined the different types of essay prompts. For our next session, I asked her to write a detailed outline of a prompt so that we can discuss it. Also, she worked on a science section that dealt with gene transfer. I plan on doing more practice passages/questions on our next session to continue practicing the material."
"The student and I spent the majority of the session working on reading and science sections that I believe can help him on the test. He did some vocabulary work, did a couple of practice tests (which heavily features inference questions), and worked through the grammar section, at which he excelled. We wrapped up the section with some reading section practice. His timing continues to be fine."
"The student and I worked on the writing section mostly. He started to pick up on the tricks used by the test."
"The student and I finished correcting the Math and English portions of his most recent test today. He took some good notes in both sections. We'll continue to work on them and the other two sections. He has some homework for the next session. Good job!"
"The student and I spent time working on Reading, Math, and English. I'm pleased with his progress in reading, I'm seeing some consistently higher scores. He took a practice section and scored a 30, which is a big improvement from the practices we'd be doing in our sections. I hope that he keeps this performance up! We also spent time working on the pacing of the math section. I'm also pleased with his progress with that respect. We talked about tricks to cut down on time for easier questions so that he has more time left over for more complex questions. I think English is going to need more of our focus next week. I want to ensure that he is able to explain his choices so that he won't be lead astray by intentionally misleading alternate responses."
"The student took the first ACT a couple weeks ago and felt good about it. This was just a practice round for her as she did not get extra time, but felt she was able to answer almost all the questions, and didn't feel badly about any section. She expressed that math was still harder than others, as well as science, though probably just because that was at the end of the test. During our session we focused on revisiting some math concepts like factoring, word problems, geometry, and simplifying, using both problems I made up and some from her second practice book. We will meet again this Thursday and then twice next week as well to prepare for her extended time test on March 3rd. We will focus primarily on math and science during this time."
"Excellent review of Science diagnostics and core elements of physics, quantum mechanics, and mathematics. Will resume next week after his exam this coming Saturday."
"Today we finished up going over tips for the science section, and then we started working on helpful tips for approaching the critical reading section. We also spent a little bit of time discussing the college application process, and how his scores and academic standing at school would affect it."
"Today I helped the student to take a practice ACT under conditions as close to actual test conditions as possible, because I thought she was making good progress but needed to experience the pressure and tiredness that comes from taking the entire test as a whole rather than short sections individually. We will review the Reading section at our next session. She scored higher on the English section, but we will go over that next week as well. Overall I do think we made good progress today. We got a good idea of what to focus on going forward, and the student has a clearer idea of the challenges that taking the ACT brings."