Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered problems the student answered incorrectly on a practice SAT. We then covered problems involving fractions, algebra, and areas with full solutions. He struggled with the process of starting and completing several problems. I left him to complete a few problems from his book that we would go over next session. He also plans (per father's advice) to complete another practice SAT to go over next session."
"The student and I completed the math section yesterday and then re-focused on reading. He did very well on math! He scored a 28 overall. Granted, the exam was spaced over two sessions allowing time to relax and re-focus, but I hope the score increases his confidence and shows him that he is more than capable. After going over his math questions, we reviewed his scores from all of the sections and noticed that reading was his lowest. We opened the reading section of the second practice test and went through the first two passages together. He finds it easier to comprehend when we read it out loud together and have stopping points to review what we have read. I hope that this will teach him what to look for in his reading and get him in the habit of assessing his own comprehension as he reads. Next session we will continue our focus on reading."
"Went over the homework. Created targets/goals. Went over personal weakness/analysis of scores from diagnostics. Pinpointed/explained why they scored what they did. Highlighted areas in need of improvement. Formed a strategy on how to improve score/how to prepare going forward. Reading passages: How the reading materials are chosen How to read these types of passages Big idea vs. details Importance of the big picture Eliminating wrong answers Traps and pitfalls"
"We reviewed the student's homework. We picked apart sentence structure, even noting how it was used in the science sections as a means for her to clarify some questions. She also did a reading section. Then we worked on science together, and overall, she's making progress, and she's doing a full test this week to see exactly how much."
"Today in my final session with the student we worked on Math and Science. He did very well in Math and improved upon his previous score. He showed he was more comfortable with the various graphs and charts. I am very happy I got the opportunity to work with him and I am confident he will do well in September."
"We went through a full ACT Reading test today, introducing strategies for the different passage types to try to help the student get through the section faster. We also discussed a strategy for the Science test and completed several passages. He had very little difficulty with the science so we moved on to English. He completed three English passages and had no trouble with the grammar."
"Today was our first meeting for ACT practice. The student feels pretty comfortable in most of the subjects except math, so we started with that. I wrote him several problems encompassing quadratics including factoring, the quadratic formula, and completing the square. We then moved on to parabolas in vertex and standard form. Last, we worked on circumference, circle area, arc length, and sector area. Every meeting from here on out is planned to be 2 hours."
"We covered the structure of the SATs today along with strategy and how it is scored. We also covered numbers and operations, specifically, how to do division problems in the abstract. I assigned the student the last few pages in the packet, the first 5 pages of the Sentence Completion packet (just to gauge her current proficiency level before going over the strategy next time), and I asked her to complete a practice test she had started to get a better sense of her current overall proficiency level."
"We reviewed the second entry exam practice test and the student did extremely well in English with a scaled score of 31 (raw score 69/75). Obviously, there was very little to discuss there, so the focus remained on math. She was once again aware of which questions she was getting correct and which ones she was likely getting wrong. The majority of the questions she missed stemmed from not knowing the formulas, so I reviewed the circle equation, logarithm properties, parallelogram area formula, trigonometric ratios, and summation formula for arithmetic sequences. By studying those formulas alone, she can improve her scaled math score by 4 or 5 points. I am very pleased with her continued dedication to learning and improving her understanding of the material."
"Today we covered the sciences section. As we move closer to the test date its important that we master his timing for each section. Therefore he took a full science section in which he had to triage the sections in terms of which ones he felt comfortable doing first. After scoring, his test he has improved 4 points from his original test and he will continue to improve with the different techniques that I taught him today on how to read graphs. Reading certain graphs and knowing where to pull information from is what he struggles with the most in the science sections. The passages in which there is a lot of text he excels on."
"The student and I worked on a math section. I had him do the math section by himself while I worked through the problems at the same time. He got most of the problems correct. He struggled a bit with remembering some of the geometry formulas for areas and volume as well as lengths. He is showing greater accuracy in his work, but we needs to work on his pacing."
"Today the student and I spent almost the entire time on the math section. Over the weekend, she did the final math and reading sections in the book. As per usual, she cruised through the reading section and easily corrected the few questions that she missed. She did have a hard time with the math, though to her credit, this test seemed particularly difficult. We also discussed the essay briefly. Her homework is to do the final practice test (a handout that I gave her) and to do two essays."