Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Because we only met for an hour, we did not continue on to a new subject but focused on reading and math, the two subjects the student has been working on. She said that she struggled to complete her reading passages in less than 10 minutes, which is her current goal, and went a little over. She missed two questions on one passage and four on another. She will do more reading passages for next week, using the same goal time of 10 minutes or less so she can get more comfortable with the amount of time before we have her do the passages more quickly. With those two practice passages, she completed another reading section. She missed 14 questions overall, for a section score of 26. After she gets her timing where she wants it to be, I want to give her some reading to do in a stricter and more pressured situation to ensure she can repeat those results. We also looked at her math work. She missed 12 questions in the first 30. If she misses 12 in the second 30 questions, then she is on track. However, because the first 30 questions in the math section tend to be easier, I'd like her goal to be to miss as few as possible in the first 30 questions. We talked about tackling one little bit of the word problems at a time rather than reading it and giving up for solving for the first part and moving on. She is going to do the second half of the math section for next time, but in the future, I'd like to have her work on some of those easier problems she definitely knows how to solve and get better at recognizing what she can solve and take a little more time on and what questions are going to be difficult and maybe impossible for her and skipping those. At the moment, I think she is on track, but I might recommend we meet twice a week when it gets closer to the test date."
"The student was unable to make her last tutoring session due to a tennis match but was able to complete some practice material in the interim. We went over 2 math sections and 1 critical reading section. We reiterated making sure that she is answering the question vs what she thinks the question is asking. She has improved overall in terms of finishing the problems. With regards to critical reading, she has definitely improved in her vocabulary and the critical reading questions. She has completed all 245 high yield vocab words over the last week as well, so once she memorizes them, I suspect she will show further improvement. She is also improving in the critical reading questions now that she is underlining the passages. We are meeting next Tuesday at 7 p.m. She will complete 1 essay, 1 math, 1 critical reading, 1 writing section and will try to memorize the vocab words. I will quiz her on them at that time."
"In this session, we covered grammar. I provided a variety of grammar practice, and the student worked on some examples of common grammatical problems. Afterwards, we went through the practice English section that he had taken for homework. We saw that most of the questions he missed, he could now solve due to the grammar help. We also reviewed his reading practice section, because there was some confusion about why he scored lower on the actual test than in the practice last week. I now think that his reading comprehension is generally high, but he is not taking enough time on the harder questions (he runs out of time and cannot come back to them). I suggested a new reading strategy for him to try and assigned him some work on this. I asked him to bring a writing sample so we could review the writing and work on improving that score, but he was not able to get one yet, so we will aim for that next session. For his homework, I asked him to find, print and read two science articles of his choice, because we want to ensure that he is exposed to this field of writing more. I also asked him to procure a writing sample of some sort, whether from his classwork or by taking a practice ACT writing section. Lastly, I asked that he try two more ACT reading passages and follow the strategy that I suggested to him of reading the passage and focusing on the organizational structure and author's perspective."