Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our work on the mathematics section of the assessment test, an endeavor which was aided by the fact that he was able to pick up another test prep book that I feel does a better job of reviewing the specific concepts that will appear on the test. The student was able to pick up unfamiliar concepts fairly easily, and his performance was good."
"We are continuing to focus on the math and science sections of the ACT. The student has shown remarkable improvements in her mathematics skills; she retains everything we cover from session to session. The science is always harder to crack, but the student's problem-solving strategies are becoming practiced and automatic, which will help her move through the test quickly and ultimately improve her score. Next week, we will take a quick look at the English and reading sections of the ACT to see if they need any improvement, and we will run through some timed math and science practice exams."
"Did critical reading, sentence completion, and math problems from the test prep's book - diagnostic test. Discussed preparation for her next SAT; the student just got her results from her first SAT. She would like to do better when she takes it again."
"The student and I met today to work on SAT chemistry. After a bit of effort I was able to print out a practice test from a digital SAT book I have, so we had material to work on that was specifically related to SAT chemistry. We worked through practice test problems, which always provide a solid breadth of material. I'm expecting that during our next session we will finish up that test and cover any specific material that's still problematic. The following session we will run through a timed test. After that we will have one more session before the exam to reinforce any material and perhaps run through another timed test."
"The student and I worked on English, math and reading comprehension today. We also started reviewing the incorrect answers from her April test. We've identified a couple of areas of improvement and will focus on them more next session. Good job!!"
"The student scored the same on this weeks practice test in reading and math. His writing score decreased this week and as such we focused primarily on this section. Reviewed all the MC questions he got wrong (biggest focus area is sentence improvement). I then had the student grade all the essays he had done up until this point. The student identified the weaknesses in his essays (poor examples, not thought out enough) then planned and rewrote one of the essays in an un-timed setting. Homework is to grade said essay and go through the math and reading sections to identify the errors he made during the test."
"Today, we started by going over portions of a practice test. The student is doing well generally, but needs to do a little more vocab work, and needs to practice speed on the essay section and get more comfortable on intimidating math. Working with the test prep book we did an essay topic brainstorming exercise and also talked about some shortcuts that may be helpful on the math section. For next time, the student will do a full diagnostic under the test like conditions to give us a little more of a targeted snapshot of her strengths and weaknesses."
"Very good first session. We were able to spend some time on English, math, and science, after doing an overview of what to expect from the test. The student is in a good spot right now -- we'll focus our work on some of the more difficult math sections, commas (in English), and getting used to the structure and material of the science section. For next time, she will complete approximately half of a practice test (plus an essay), and we will go over these."
"The student and I covered his mistakes from the critical reading and math section of the second practice SAT in the guide and additional vocabulary/passage-based reading examples. I did not see any scores/grades to note progress. I left the student with the first two sections of the third practice SAT in the guide, and have no concerns from this session."
"Began meeting by reviewing study guide of SAT literature terms compiled from formative assessment in our last session. The student's memory of literature vocabulary has already improved from the last 2 hours spent reviewing, so no concerns here. Reviewed elements of narrative, prose terminology, and elements of author's voice. The student felt confident about analyzing prose fiction and non-fiction works, so we skipped this portion of the general review and went back to guided practice, followed by some timed prep. Test-taking and time management strategies remain strong, which will support overall performance."
"Today, the student and I covered the science portion of the ACT. I started by showing him the different types of science questions that would be asked and gave him various strategies to tackle each one. Next he practiced applying what I taught him. I asked him to buy an ACT prep book with lots of practice tests, since practicing these strategies is the best way to improve. An important focus for the student as he works through practice tests is timing. Each time he does a practice science section he should note his time and try to recognize which questions and parts cost him the most time. Next session, we will review strategies and look at the math portion of the ACT. For next Sunday, I asked the student to do at least one math section and one science section, but more if he has time."
"We went over the different grammatical rules covered in the assessment and then went over how to set up complicated math problems to make them easier to solve and understand."