Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed one practice test, went over answers, talked about functions, completed another practice section and then talked about what to do over the break. He finished the first section on time but he missed 5. Many of the problems had to do with the Pythagorean theorem and how to manipulate functions. Since we're only working with math I have to say he's going to be fine in that section. Each time we take the test we go over new stuff and it seems like the old stuff is sticking. I told him to complete practice test 1 before Wednesday so that the English tutor can grade the essay and we can send the results off to get analyzed."
"The student is getting better at determining the correct answers on the tests. We need to start improving the speed with which she approaches the tests. On the English section she is pretty quick, but her reading speed has room for improvement. She is getting better overall and I have given her homework that she needs to time herself completing and that should help her practice her reading comprehension and speed."
"The student and I discussed general expectations and goals for the test, then focused on verbal studying and test-taking strategies (including sentence completion, multiple-multiple choice, and reading comprehension)."
"First we reviewed concepts from last session and made sure the student was up to date with his studying. We then covered two more sections of math and reviewed two he did on his own. We wrote down notes for new concepts and things for him to go over for next time. I assigned homework and look forward to him making more progress; he is averaging around 63% correct responses, which is an improvement from his first SAT. "
"In preparation for the student's upcoming genetics final, we reviewed questions at the end of chapters 1-3 in the textbook. Review questions tested knowledge of genotype v. phenotype, genetic transmission, basics of biotechnology, genetic diseases, Mendelian inheritance, cell structure and organelles, aging and cancer, mechanisms for cancer development, meiosis and mitosis, fetal development, multifactorial disease, and other topics relevant to chapters 1-3. "
"The student continued to work on sequences and ordering 3 digit numbers. She is able to verbally explain how to order numbers using place-value terms. We also worked on identifying patterns in sequences and she is able to do that and complete sequences."
"I was very impressed with the preparation that the student had done prior to our meeting! He took the writing process that I taught him during our last group of sessions and applied it. He had gone through each part of the prompt and collected materials needed to support his ideas. It saved us a lot of time during the session. We went through the materials and I assisted the student in putting together an outline. He was much more confident this time and was able to do much of it on his own. I was impressed with how much he had improved since the last time he did an outline. I think his improvement is due to the way I explained the reasoning behind each of the steps. I hope that I will see as much improvement in his writing as I did in his outlining."
"We went over ACT English, which he did very well on, and ACT Science, which we are going to start next session with. He is a very bright kid. I'm sure he will do better on the test this time."
"This was the first time I've seen the student since before the holidays. She told me she'd done well on her test and final exam. Today we worked on the Pythagorean Theorem, special triangles, and finding angle measurements using trigonometry. She really had a good grasp on the concepts already - her struggles mainly came out of working with radicals. We put in some extra practice working with Pythagorean problems, special triangle problems. We did lots of samples of problems involving working with radicals to get her really comfortable. I feel she should have little issues coming to the correct answers the better she gets working with radicals."
"I received the student's paper over email on Monday night, read it and spoke with him by phone that night about changes he should make while writing the second draft. He emailed me the second draft last night and I spent about 45 minutes today making detailed notes on it before sending it back to him."
"Today the student wanted to study for the placement test. I showed him the resources available on our website and suggested that he use the diagnostic tests before our next session. We used the online practice English test and took it one passage at a time. I set a 9 minute timer, but he only needed the full time for the first section. He missed few questions and we reviewed the grammar rules necessary to correct those errors."
"Since the student inquired about possibly taking the ACT exam, I reviewed the pros and cons of that exam and the pros and cons of the SAT exam, in contrast. I then spent the remainder of the session showing her how to utilize online learning tools in relation to preparing to take the ACT and we did one of the online ACT Practice English Tests together."