Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the ACT math, writing, and English sections. The student's attitude was positive. I talked exclusively about strategy."
"First, we reviewed the math and writing homework I had assigned the student. Then, she did two critical reading sections where she showed marked improvement in both the implementation of strategy and the avoidance of answer traps with the passage-based reading. I asked her to do half a practice test (sections 1 through 5) in one sitting in her blue book for next time."
"First session - we did some practice drills to determine what areas to concentrate most on. The student is adept at easy and medium difficulty math, but gets a little tripped up with the hard stuff. We are working on breaking word problems down into bite sized pieces."
"For our first session I got to know the student and what she wanted out of tutoring. She feels like she needs the most help with math, so we spent much of the section working through the no-calculator section on a practice exam. She is still learning certain algebra concepts in school, so she is having difficulty in knowing how to approach some of the math problems. Math content we will review throughout tutoring includes exponents, radicals, fractions, systems of equations, and some geometry."
"The student and I reviewed all areas of the test, with the exception of reading (as she has spent considerable time in this area prior). I believe there is some low hanging fruit in the science and English sections that we can obtain through a few sessions of practice. Her math skills seem fairly strong, but we'll continue to work in this area as well."
"We covered ACT Reading and Mathematics. The student struggled the most with the Reading because he was unable to discern what the questions were asking him and find evidence in the passage that supported the claims he was trying to make. He was very receptive and insightful to his mistakes and also was able to walk me through his thought processes when he got a problem correct."
"The student and I talked about the test and which sections she felt she needed the most help with. She mainly wants help with math, especially geometry and algebra. Today we reviewed the properties of triangles, right, equilateral, and acute in terms of angles and side-length relationships. I also taught her about the Pythagorean theorem, and we practiced a number of triangle questions. We will meet again tomorrow and continue our lesson on triangles. I will also provided her with a full ISEE math formula list tomorrow."
"The student completed drills with the ACT Math test. She needs more practice with ratio problems, arc angle, arc length, trig, and geometry type questions. She also needs more practice translating complex word problems into algebra. These are the things we will work on in our sessions."
"The student and I reviewed reaction kinetics, both for her upcoming test, and how it will appear on the SAT II. She's definitely got the basics down, and just has to be careful of getting ahead of herself with the mental math. She also just started redox reactions, so I led her through the main components that are tested on the subject exam. We looked at standard potentials, identifying half reactions, and balancing in acid/base conditions. We'll return to galvanic and electrolytic cells when she's had a chance to see them in class, just so she's not overwhelmed with information. I also looked through the list of topics for the exam to make sure there weren't any big gaps we needed to cover between now and test day. She definitely has her bases covered, and at this point just needs to work on some memorization of straightforward topics and test taking. I look forward to seeing how the timed tests go next class."
"The student did a great job today! Since math was her weakest subject on her last ACT exam, we spent the entire time working on a lot of math problems to improve her understanding/ approach of them. I believe she took a lot out of the practice, and we will continue more math practice next session!"
"We reviewed the topics from the list the student sent me - prime factorization, solving multi-step inequalities, and the laws of exponents. She was quick to ask questions and understand the explanations. I think she has a much firmer grasp of these topics now. After we finished reviewing those topics, we did a few of the problems from her homework together."
"We spent the first half hour discussing the format of the exam and other logistics. We then did some practice problems in from the English and Math sections. For English, we focused on punctuation errors. We want to get a better understanding of what independent vs dependent clauses are, as that will really help with the punctuation questions, but the student has a pretty good grasp on this section. For the math section, we did some algebra problems and a standard trig problem. We will continue working on these types of problems going forward, as well as working on different math concepts. I am going to sending him a grammar sheet, a math formula sheet, and a practice exam that he should take under timed conditions (at least each section timed). I am also going to sending him some prep book recommendations, as I highly recommend having a physical book to use for practice question and be able to mark up."