Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through the practice SAT book the student had, going through problems and then specific sections such as Probability. She had most of her concerns with trigonometry, probability, and inverses, so we went over those in depth. She said that she would go through all the lessons and email me things that she was specifically wanting to focus on for next time."
"Continued working with the student on timed drills of practice ISEE problems. I helped her prepare note cards to study units of measure, and we reviewed percent and proportion problem types."
"For our first meeting, the student and I made very brief introductions and then got right into the test. We jumped around a fair bit between subjects. At the beginning, I gave her my standard ACT assignment, which is a daily regimen of reading with annotation and some grammatical analysis, in conjunction with a rotating review of ACT practice questions. We spent the most time reviewing the English section, during which time I found opportunity to give a brief overview of the English verb system. We also started her on the habit of clearly articulating the reason for her grammatical choices, regardless of whether they were right or wrong, which I believe to be of great benefit. After that, we turned to Math problems, where it became apparent that she hasn't yet had the chance to learn any geometrical concepts. Throughout the meeting, I peppered in elements of general testing strategy, which I hope to be helpful to her when she takes the test. We'll be meeting again next week."
"The student and I completed the reading, science, and grammar sections from the ACT review book. We also began working on the math section. For reading and science, we worked on strategies for timing and finding the correct answer, and we practiced those skills on several passages and questions. For grammar, we covered punctuation rules, misplaced modifiers, reordering sentences, commonly confused words, and other common grammar concepts. We started working on the math section and completed several word problems. He did excellently in all sections."
"The student is scoring 100% on the flashcards for her Citizenship Exam. She is sure to pass the test with flying colors! We have turned our focus to the next goal: passing the TOEFL. To begin, we reviewed several different types of questions (i.e. inference, author's purpose, author's method) as well as key words for each one. We then looked at examples in the TOEFL practice book."
"We worked on reading and writing for this session. Although it is slow going, the student is gradually getting increasingly better at analyzing a sentence or passage in order to extract the meaning and tone. She does very well on writing already, and she shows improvement every time she attempts a reading section. Once she starts doing more preparation on her own time, she will really start to notice major results, especially when it comes to vocabulary."
"Today the student and I began reviewing the basics of geometry after going over the algebra practice problems and English section he did at home. He seems to be much more confident in algebra, and is getting the hang of geometry concepts. I asked him to review the rules of circles at home and do some practice problems on circles, and also to do some reading practice problems for one passage. During our next session, we will begin reviewing geometry and continue more practice with the English section. I think it's important that he does a little practice each day in preparation for the test."
"Sunday was a reading day for the student and I, and his hard work is gradually showing returns. He routinely averages two questions wrong per reading passage, but on Sunday he averaged only one. On test day, this alone could account for a 3 point increase in his reading score and a 1 point jump in composite. We're going to keep plugging away and getting him closer and closer to his goal score."
"We decided to work on math since that's one of the student's strengths. I pulled out specific problems related to exponents and systems of equations that were similar to problems he struggled with last week. He was making improvement and only needed a little bit of my guidance. We then worked through the rest of the math section from our last session. Overall, he did very well only making a few mistakes. I re-taught any concepts that he had forgotten or never learned."
"We continued to go over problems in the SAT Math section that the student had trouble answering. She understands the basics, but sometimes gets tripped up on the minor details of the problems. She just needs to keep practicing to help build her confidence in answering the questions."
"During today's session, the student and I covered matrices, logarithms, exponents, and trigonometry from the ACT Math section. We then solved ACT Reading questions from humanities, natural science, prose fiction, and social studies passages."
"The student did practice tests and I went over them step by step with her. We discussed the best strategies to use during testing. I taught her some math that she did not know, such as percent of increase and decrease, how to find the percent of a number and formulas for finding area and perimeter. She did well on the non-algebraic math, but needed reminders of which step to take next on the algebraic math."