"Yesterday evening, the student and I continued to work on the science and math sections of the ACT. Her improvement is easy to see, and she has gotten to the point where I think her content knowledge and familiarity is at a good level, so I began implementing strategies for time management. To start, we split each section into single passages, and I gave her a proportionally appropriate amount of time to do that one passage (as for math, I just asked her to try to complete 7 problems in 5 minutes, for example). Not only is this more convenient for actual tutoring sessions since I can quickly give her feedback, but I think this is the best way to attack time management issues. If she can grow accustomed to completing a science passage in 5 minutes, then the full section (which is 7 passages over 40 minutes) should be much easier to complete in the given time. We did several passages with this strategy, and she did very well; I would even go as far as saying that her performance did not drop off as she worked more quickly through the problems. This is an extremely positive sign, and she still has a month to improve until her test date.
She still gets tripped up at times on what exactly some questions are asking for, but she has definitely improved. A few math problems still throw her off, but I can see that she has found ways to deal with tough problems, whether it is re-reading the problem and finding her mistake or making a best guess and saving time for the rest of the problems.
I left her with timed sessions for each section, which broke down each section into passages. I told her 8 minutes per reading passage, 9 minutes per English passage, 5 minutes per science passage, and about 5 minutes for 6 math problems. This can also be more convenient because a decent practice session could be accomplished in as little as 20 minutes."