Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our ACT prep by looking over the Math section. Her first reaction to the math was a wrinkled nose and a scowl, but as we worked through the practice material, I explained several techniques, and she figured out several problems on her own, the wrinkled nose gave way to a more accepting expression."
"We began working on writing from a prompt. We edited together to have the student understand how to think about additions, corrections, and necessary deletions. Then we took a subject which was important to her; she wrote in detail why it was of such importance."
"During today's session, we continued Model Test One. We began with reading comprehension and did three passages, with six questions apiece. We worked on identifying and avoiding pitfalls."
"We focused our last session on graphical algebra and angles. We also went over study strategies for the final week before the test. The student said that taking notes and creating a "cheat sheet" seemed to help. This week she will focus on problem areas and review her notes before the exam Saturday morning."
"We went over the exam from last time and continued working through more problems. He's taking the exam on Saturday, so I told him to relax this week and work a few problems the morning of the test to get his brain warmed up."
"The student brought over her old tests from her test prep course and we proceeded to look over her essays. I made a worksheet emphasizing how to craft concise, meaningful thesis statements and we talked about how to effectively analyze evidence and use conclusions. We also went over paired passages and types of reading questions (global, detail, etc.). I gave her two sections to do, and I will print out examples of good essays for next time."
"For this lesson, the student and I first went over the problems she had completed for homework in each of the sections. I saw great improvement in the reading comprehension and she got most of the math and writing right as well. When practicing more afterwards, she struggles most with more abstract passages and still needs to work on some grammar rules."
"The student and I decided to begin today's session with English. We talked about how to carefully consider every last word and detail of the problems and answers and how to decide which is best. We talked about who and whom as well as how to pay attention to certain phrases to make it easier to solve for proper tense. We spent the second half of the session on Math. The student had a few review questions from last time (geometry, trig) so we started with those. We tried a few practice problems and some general trig . With one more session left I think the student has made a lot of progress already."
"This was the first session with the student, and we covered some basic concepts in math and critical reading. I told the student to get the study guide for the assessment, so hopefully by the next session she will have that, and can use that to study."
"Today, we covered Critical Reading questions in depth. Then, we talked about sentence completion, and how best to absorb vocabulary. The student was going through 100 words a week, which seemed impressive, and by focusing on certain words, he'll pick them up for the actual test day."
"The student has done really, really well our last couple of sessions. I can see that he's taking to the assessment very well. He is an excellent reader and has a pretty high-level vocabulary and also good at match. I've been working with him on viewing the problems as more logic-based instead of math skills-based, and that seems to work with him. He's expressed how easy some of the problems seem now, which is a good sign."
"Student wished to work an entire assessment math section straight through for 60 minutes. We worked through the other questions and she expressed confidence. For the rest of the session we worked through a social studies reading passage and she scored 9/10."