Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I did a review of all of the sections of the assessment so that I could get a feel for his level with the various subjects. As expected from his mom's initial email and from what he told me, it looks like he will need the most focus on the reading section of the test. I went over strategies for using process of elimination on the reading questions. This helped him with the section, but he will still need to practice going between the questions and the passage. I encouraged him to try reading the passage, then read the questions, and to skim the pertinent part of the passage when he gets to each question. His math and science seemed good overall. He will need review in a couple of areas, but what he will need to focus most on is doing practice sections to get his timing down. His English also looked good, though I encouraged him to begin using the POE strategies we went over for the English section. I told him that the next step was for him to complete a whole practice test in one sitting. For next week I told him to finish working on the practice test we began, timing himself on the passages if possible."
"The student and I worked mostly on science during our session. We discussed ways that she can use on this Saturday's exam."
"The student and I reviewed the Math and Science sections she completed for homework. We started with Math, going through each question from scratch to discuss how best to tackle the problems. Some of her errors were minor mistakes, and I recommended that she slow down a little and always double check the question to see what it is asking. I also recommended that whenever she came up to a lengthier question, she start to automatically assign variables so that she might have an idea of how to create an equation to solve the problems. We also reviewed the formulas for a parallelogram and sequences. We moved on to Science and here she showed improvement from last time. She did a good job underlining different parts of the passages to help her get a better grasp on each question. Again, I recommended that she slow down to double check what the questions are asking, since sometimes she missed just one small part that ended up affecting her answer. We finished by going over Math questions from her current Math class, assigned as ACT practice. These questions targeted the medium to complex questions on the Math section, as well as factoring. We went over each problem together, since the student has indicated that repetition is one of the best tools that helps her get better. Her homework for next time is to complete the Writing Section from Practice Test 1 and to just brainstorm a prompt response for the Writing from Practice Test 2."