Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We had a great session! The student did English work. Then we moved to math. She had a much improved session. She gets better by the week."
"The student and I had our first session today. We worked on ACT English. I had her take a practice English section from the workbook. Then, we went over it together. For the most part, it seemed that she had a good grasp of grammar rules, but seemed to struggle a bit with comma and modifier rules. I will bring her a sheet of comma rules/ typical ACT grammar rules for our next session. She also struggled a little on the main idea questions, probably because she was going too quickly on these questions. I told her to slow down her thought process a little in order to fully absorb the questions and to also underline and circle the question, answers, and paragraph so that she can focus on the specifics of the question at hand. She seemed to understand when I explained the answers to her, so hopefully she will be able to improve her score the next time. This time, she got a 26-7 on her English test, which she says is the best she has ever done."
"The student did two Reading passages for last time and while her times are now within the range where they are supposed to be she is sacrificing some accuracy. On one of the passages she completed it in a little more than six minutes but missed five of the questions. We talked about having time left over and using it to pinpoint questions and slow down to ensure better accuracy. She did better on the other passage - she took a little less than nine minutes and missed 3 questions. She will be doing well if she can miss 3 questions per reading passage consistently, and I think the best way to do this is simply drill her on more passages. She also completed an English section, missing 17 questions for the entire section to give her a score of 23. She is right on time with her English passages and I think she is very capable of a 23 score on the actual test. She enjoys the English and because it's the first section, if she can fight down her nerves, I think she'll do well. She did the first thirty questions of a Math section and missed 11, only one less than last time. When we review questions, she understands what she did, so rather than have her do the second harder half, we are going to focus on the first half for the next week, trying to get her miss fewer questions on the first half. For the second half, she will go through and do any questions she knows she can answer and only then go back and do the hard ones to best maximize her time. We talked about Science - she enjoys reading the graphs and does a good job pinpointing which graph she is supposed to look at and the categories on it. However, she struggles some with the questions that are not as direct - for example, if the question suggests she looks for protein but not which chart or graph to find it on, she might have a difficult time understanding how to answer it. We'll focus on Science primarily for the next week and focus on this. Because she likes graphs, I think she could increase her Science score just by better understanding what the test is asking. She, as always, is eager to get better, which I appreciate."