Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first meeting. After a brief introduction, the student pulled out his ACT booklet and answer sheet. He felt confident about his abilities in every subject except Math, so we marked which questions he got wrong and what the answers should have been and then went through each mistake and addressed how it could have been avoided. He mentioned at the outset that he was very comfortable with Algebra, but less so with Geometry and Trigonometry, which matched the answer patterns on his previous ACT test - the only Algebra questions he missed were at the end, when he was rushing for time. With that in mind, we went over some basic test-taking strategies (solve the Math problems on your own before looking at the choices, know when drawing the problems out will be faster or otherwise more time-efficient than working the numbers) and identified some places that his knowledge-base could use a little bolstering (mostly issues of angles and the way that parallel lines work). I also began to administer a practice ACT Math test. To wrap up, we traded assignments: he was to find some problem sets concerning parallel lines and complete them, finish the practice ACT Math test, and then go through it again and see where a visual approach to the problems would be helpful. Likewise, I am to assemble a study guide on how angles work, and find additional practice tests for the ACT Math."
"Today we reviewed properties of lines and angles and went over the more difficult problems I had signed to the student. Then we moved on to properties of triangles, reviewing the geometric principles that are most often tested. I then assisted her to complete some exercises in the properties of triangles section. Finally, we started working on common grammar errors such as sentence fragments, run-on sentences, noun-verb and pronoun verb agreement, and nominative versus objective cases."
"First the student and I went over the general format of the ACT and talked a little about how it is different from the SAT. She has a test prep book so we went through the first 5 questions for each section, just to get an idea about how comfortable she felt with each section. She feels comfortable with the English and feels reading and math were the most difficult. We will need to focus on the reading passages and fractions (she expressed concern with both areas)."