Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I opened by giving the student a basic overview of what to expect on the ACT, some basic strategies, and some general test taking tips. I emphasized what makes the ACT different from the SAT and worked through a few problems with him. He worked through two science passages and did very well on those. He also got 9/10 of the prose fiction passage correct. He missed about 20% of an English passage. I had him work through about 7 math problems as well. I think we will mostly need to focus on math if we meet again."
"Today the student and I went over the Reading portion of the ACT. I showed her various strategies she could use to complete this section more quickly and efficiently. I asked her to do some practice Reading problems before our next session."
"We covered a template format for the ACT essay, key points in the grading rubric, and did an example outline. We went through the Math, English, and Science section questions to assess where the student stands at currently. I assigned practice test 1 to go through (untimed) so that I can assess any weak areas and give him an indicator of whether his other scores will remain steady."
"The student is doing very well in math and science reasoning, so at this point our main focus is on reading strategies and grammar rules. The student is a fast learner and picking up grammar rules isn't hard for him. However, the reading is still giving him a bit of trouble. I'm going to continue working with him on reading strategies. We also talked about the essay, and will work on that more after he writes an essay for me."
"The student has progressed considerably on the mathematics and science sections, increasing his understanding of trigonometry and algebra II. There was no assignment today and I look forward to our next session on Monday."
"During this session, the student and I discussed her past ACT. She was very happy with her score, as she had improved in every subsection and raised her composite score to a 28 (her goal had been 27)! Since it looks like we will not have time to do another session before her June ACT, the student and I looked at all the sections except math, first reviewing the strategies and skills for that section and then doing several practice sets. We completed two English passages, three reading passages, and five science passages during our session."
"The student continued her hard work on SAT prep today. We worked on more math questions, and developed strategies for tough questions. We then worked on the writing sections of the test, and strategized many essay topics. Good luck!"
"We finished the sixth exam in the SAT book. Then we graded the full exam. The student continues to struggle with math problems. Her true struggle is with interpreting the question and determining how to solve it. Once she knows what the question is asking, she correctly completes the problem. One way of improving her performance is for her to slowly read the problem. If the procedures are not clear, she gets flustered and guesses. I have recommended that she spend this week before the exam reviewing vocabulary words. She performs well on questions based on readings but she loses a lot of points on the vocabulary section. This area can increase her score significantly with only a couple of hours studying."
"His AP test is this weekend and I wanted to spend the time going through some of the topics that I knew he was struggling with. We went over human physiology (gas exchange, circulation, nervous system, neurons, endocrine system, eyes, ears, and excretion) we also did a review of anaerobic and aerobic respiration. I told him to make sure he does another practice test before Saturday and to finish the questions his teacher gave him."
"Today we went through the student's practice tests for the SAT II in physics, specifically covering the problems that she got wrong or omitted. We spent some extra time on concepts that she felt she was more confused on, such as Doppler Shifts, standing waves, torque, atomic energy levels and transitions, and frequency/wavelength/energy relationships of light."
"In our final session before the student takes her test, we reviewed general strategies for preparation and taking the test. We also did practice problems from all three sections, primarily focusing on math and writing."
"We looked at the problems she got wrong on the Math ACT. We also went through a Science test, and I taught her a little about Cell Biology."