Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed one hour of US History, again going over the major points from the Revolutionary War to the current time. I went decade to decade, major war to major war, and emphasized the Presidents during these eras and the major themes of each time period (decade to decade). He continues to improve in history. Then, he took two reading English practice tests. and got 18 out of 20 questions correct...a job well done. Again, he keeps getting better and better."
"We covered more practice analogies in today's session. For the quantitative reasoning section, we practiced a variety of math problems and practice problems online (geometry, simple arithmetic, and word problems). We also reviewed the definitions of words that she did not know."
"My first session with the student went very well. We went over the sections of the test and started going over problems in the initial diagnostic test. We went over how to summarize individual sections of a passage versus trying to process the entire passage at once. This was the first time the student has started studying, so I asked him to learn more details about each section of the test (duration, content, types of questions). I also want him to have gone over most of the material before April so that he can start practicing tests during the month of April. A lofty goal, but I can tell he really wants to do well on the exam, so I think he's up to the challenge!"
"Today we covered reading comprehension -- specifically of literary and informational passages. We discussed author tone, how to identify the main idea of a text, comparing and contrasting details, and figurative language. The student was more confident with her work. She was given homework to read several passages and answer questions about them. We also discussed taking a practice test, which she will take next week."
"We finished covering the math section, focusing on trigonometry, and began more in-depth work on the English and Science sections, going over specific question types. The student had taken trig before, but he needed to review almost everything covered by the test. The student had a good attitude, as usual. He is also bringing up strategies we discussed without prompting, a good sign. In the next session, we will continue to work on the English and Science sections. The student will take an English diagnostic test, and we will cover anything he misses. For Science, we will finish our overview of the different question types."
"Had another wonderful session with the student. She is such a sweet, intelligent young lady, and is a pleasure to work with. She did the practice problems in and did very well. I was able to extrapolate from her results on the practices that she SHOULD be scoring approx. 23-24 in both English and Math now (a HUGE leap from the previous practice test)! Today we went over the questions that she had from the problems she worked and she will do the English and Math from practice test 1 this week. We will grade it on Friday. I'm impressed by her progress thus far and am excited to see how she continues to progress!"
"During today's session, the student and I reviewed over concepts from the ACT English section and studied complex numbers, circles, geometric formulas, arithmetic & geometric sequences and series, and matrices from the ACT Math section."
"The student and I met from 430-6pm CST. We briefly reviewed some of the concepts we discussed yesterday and some general points about how the math sections work and differ from one another. We mainly focused on algebra today. As we went along it became apparent that she has encountered very little to any algebra in school and there is a fair amount of it on the ISEE. With that in mind I gave her a lesson on basic algebra, one step equations, linear functions, and slope. I gave her plenty of opportunities to ask questions and I explained some concepts in more detail and in different ways per her request. I also tried to present everything visually as she says she retains information better that way. We worked though some practice algebra problems and will continue the lesson tomorrow."
"Today we reviewed the 2 critical reading sections that were assigned and went over mistakes. We began math today and worked on the more demanding questions towards the end of the 20 minute sections. We will be focusing on the free response portion of the test on Wednesday."
"We covered the same concepts that we have covered in each session - the Critical Reading section of the SAT. While I am seeing solid progress in the student's ability to tackle the reading passages, she is still struggling with the sentence completion questions. These questions are basically vocabulary based, and we have taken a proactive approach to improve her vocabulary for the upcoming test. I gave her extra sentence completion exercises, and we will be concentrating on these and her vocabulary during our final sessions. Her attitude is good; her dedication is strong; her confidence is improving. These are all positive factors that I believe will help her reach her goals."
"The student and I spent the first part of our meeting getting to know a bit about one another. We talked about what she wanted out of tutoring and what her goals and aspirations were for the future. Following our introductions, we spent the remaining time reviewing English foundations. She is very strong in English and after the review I am confident she will perform well on that section. We will focus on math (primarily geometry) in upcoming sessions as she's identified that as one of her weaknesses. I suggested checking out the prep book from her library to work on outside of sessions, but I will be bringing my own to our sessions."
"Today, we worked on whole and part fractions and percentages, fractional percentages, proportion and rate, absolute value, sequences, circle radius, circle area and angles, chord length, clock math, and parallel lines. The student was attentive and receptive! I went over some guessing strategies on the ACT, with plugging in middle values and then going up or down based on what answers didn't work. I left him with an assignment of doing the science diagnostic."