Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over problems from some practice SAT math sections from the study book. By the end of the session, the student demonstrated that she was able to solve the problems correctly."
"I met the student and his mother for the first time today. They are both welcoming and warm people. I took the first few minutes to let them know a bit about me and then asked the student a bit about himself. I then asked him about his previous tutoring experiences, and we talked about his practice tests. I had thought about how to schedule our tutoring sessions in preparation for the ACT. I asked Alex which schedule he would be most comfortable with. We decided to tackle a different ACT subject each week and run through it for 2 cycles (giving us 10 weeks of scheduled sessions). At the end of each week I suggest that he take a practice on the subject we studied that week. At the end of each 5 week cycle I also suggest he take a full practice test. After those two cycles we will have 3 weeks to review anything he's uncomfortable with and polish up any rough spots. Having sorted that out, we set in on some ACT English questions. As we moved through, the student didn't have much trouble with the grammar and mechanical questions. I suggested that if he knows that he cannot answer a question in 30 seconds or less, he should circle it and come back to it later. It is best to get the easier questions (and, therefore, easier points) done first and then come back to the trickier, more time-consuming questions. We made great use of the ACT Prep Guide as well as the free flashcards provided by the website. In my tutor training, I learned that a student should take at least a 5-10 minute break every 45 minutes to an hour to allow the brain to process the information and make room for new information. Therefore, we took a ten minute break in the middle of our session. After that, we kept moving through questions. I think the student got more comfortable with the questions as time went on, and that, overall, we had a great session."
"We scored the practice SAT that the student took. She did very well--630 CR, 580 M, 570 W. We read about the tips and techniques the SAT guide offers for the math section, and then went over the questions she missed in math sections in the practice test. She got a lot of them the second time around, and understood the trickier questions by the time we worked through them."