Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our last session, the student and I went through the trigonometry section of math, as well as humanities passages from reading. We went through a lot of properties, as well as a lot of graphing. She did very well in reading."
"Today we went over introductory information with the student and talked about her goals for the admissions test. We are going to focus on math in our sessions. Her main issue is timing, so we are building strategy-based learning as well as content-based learning. We also want to make sure she is solving problems independently rather than relying on the guidance of a tutor. I sent her some trigonometry study guides because she has a limited trig background."
"We focused on reading comprehension, vocabulary and English today. There are a few grammar topics we are working on for the ACT. We are trying out strategies like summarizing each paragraph and answering narrow questions first."
"The student had recently taken an ACT practice exam and found she had the hardest time with the reading and science sections. It is clear she is a good student and just needs to work on getting the timing for these sections down. We worked on a few test-taking methods for the reading and science sections, and we practiced using them on a few passages. We then went over a few math problems. She plans to look at other strategies for the reading section before our next session, and I will bring extra practice materials for her."
"The student practiced the math and English sections of the ACT. He did exceptionally well on both sections and missed only a few questions. He has a test in pre-calc this week and wanted to review some concepts. We also talked about trig concepts and went through questions he did not understand."
"The student seems to be making progress in English and reading. We did problem sets in both subjects, and he did very well. He should focus on avoiding simple errors and eliminating answers for questions he is uncertain about. It also would be useful to review any "tricky" math concepts."
"Met with the student for a final session before taking the exam. We went over problems from the practice test workbook that he had worked through. Topics covered included Pythagorean theorem and finding the greatest common factor."
"The student got her practice ACT scores back and her lowest score was writing. For the next time, I asked her to do a timed essay just so she can see how she should plan out the essay and manage her time."
"The student and I debriefed over his latest ACT test which he took last Saturday. He seemed to feel optimistic about it, but does not normally elaborate much on his experiences or confidence levels. We continued doing exercises in reading, English, and math. I am not worried at all about the pacing on English. Reading is improving slowly, but surely. I also think there is some room for improvement on the math section with regards to pacing. Even though he just took a real ACT, I asked him to take a practice ACT this week so that I can gauge our improvement while we wait for official scores."
"This session the student and I did some final preparation for his exam on Saturday. We decided to do some extra work on the math section, focusing on factoring. We went over a variety of factoring problems and how to solve them using different approaches, as well as how to double check answers going backward using the distributive property. We also reviewed graphs and calculating circumference and area of circles."
"The student and I met and went through a practice test of Math after going through questions she had after taking a section on her own. She did relatively well. We continued to work through the reasoning of the math but are turning our attention back to the Science section for future sessions."
"The student completed his homework. He did an excellent job on his vocabulary and a very good job on his math. Reviewed vocabulary and assigned new words. Reviewed and completed math homework/section. I will bring sine and cosine tables and explain them to him. We discussed his exam from last Saturday. He thinks he did well. He will check with his guidance counselor to see if he still qualifies for extended time on the exam. Assigned more math problems for homework."