Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student took two reading practice tests in preparation for this session. Per my suggestion, she used a different strategy for each. On the first test, she read the questions before reading the passages; on the second, she went straight into the passages. Based on this information, we decided that her new strategy of reading the questions first would really help her. Plus, her time management was excellent! I felt that she had vastly improved over her previous reading score. Then, we shifted to math. Taking it a few problems at a time, I made sure she understood all the concepts behind all the practice questions."
"The student and I went over the math problems that she completed for homework. Then, I gave her some tips for the reading section of the ACT, and she completed three reading passages. After each passage, we discussed her responses. Lastly, after an overview of the science section, she finished two passages and I explained any incorrect responses or confusing questions."
"The student and I had our first meeting today for her ACT preparation. I spent a little time getting to know her and then had her run through a few practice problems from the English, Math, and Reading sections so I could get a barometer for where she is at."
"I am very pleased with the student's progress. He took a practice ACT and scored it for this session- his overall score rose to a 24 (and just a question away from a 25) and his science score rose to a stellar 27. We went over his practice test, focusing on the math and English sections. We refined our discussion of problem-solving strategies in math, as well as how to approach the cornucopia of comma options that appear on the English section."
"The student and I began by discussing the school-administered ACT she had just completed the previous day. We talked about where she felt strong and where she faced some challenges, honing in on the Math and Reading sections in particular. We first reviewed Reading, using a section out of her ACT book. We worked through the passage together, discussing the trickier questions in terms of context and finding the answer in the material. We then brainstormed a response to a writing prompt to help the student practice getting in the mindset to thoroughly answer a question. We finished by going over Math and she shows general improvement in how she begins to answer a question, assigning variables and writing down what she can. Her homework next time is to take a Reading section from a practice test provided by an outside resource."
"We went over the general strategies and format for the ACT. Then, I went over what are some ways to practice and improve the score. Next, we went over the ACT English and the punctuation rules."
"Today, we went over an ACT Reading section to improve reading comprehension skills, whether a question asks for detail-specific information or a broader generalization. We also worked on an ACT Math section as well, focusing on how to attack the last third (Q41-60) of the section when the questions get much tougher."
"The student did well on his ACT but wants to improve his English and Math scores. He's going to be reviewing grammar and basic math this week."
"We did more of the same thing that we had done the day before, working on timing small chunks of the Reading and Science sections. We switched it up a little bit so they didn't have to do one subject the entire time. Around half way through, their scores improved. This was a good sign. We continued to talk about strategies, such as using process of elimination on the Reading questions, and sketching out or visualizing experiments in the Science section. We also talked a bit about taking notes on the Reading and Science passages."
"Worked on the science section of the ACT. The student did much better on timing than the last time we went through one of these sections, so that's very promising. Her score went up by a little bit. She is getting better at eliminating incorrect answers."
"The student received a 26 on her first practice test! She definitely has the potential to score at least a 28, and a good chance to score a 30. She will be completing a simulation test tomorrow. On Monday, she will review the first and second test, and analyze the questions she missed. On the following days, she should be completing an English section every two days, and finishing the final practice tests by the next time we meet, which will be in two weeks."
"Today, we went through section by section to discuss strategies for increasing speed while working. The student reported that she feels like she has a good understanding of the content, but wants to get faster. I suggested she focus future studying on practicing math basics to get more automatic at solving equations, simplifying radicals, applying area/volume/midpoint/distance formulas, so that she needs to spend less time thinking about what to do on the test. For English, I suggested increasing her explicit knowledge of grammar rules by reading the answer explanations for all the questions whether she gets them right or wrong. For reading, she is completing about 3/4 of the test while getting all the answers right, so I suggested reading more outside of class to increase her reading speed."