Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As a last-minute review, since the student is taking the SAT on Saturday, we went over her least-understood SAT Math concepts, notably algebra and linear functions. Using the prep book, I refreshed her memory on solving algebraic expressions, factoring equations, absolute value, finding "x" in a quadratic formula, exponents and roots on variables, direct and indirect proportions, problems with two variables (including solving "in terms of"), graphing equations and solving a variety of word problems - including distance/rate/time, averages and percentages/ratios. For each topic I walked her through a practice problem and encouraged her to talk me through her thought process for each question."
"This session with the student was definitely an improvement. He seemed open to my constructive criticism regarding the essay that he wrote for homework. I have assigned him another essay for homework and I'm hopeful that he will continue to improve his writing!"
"I had the student do a "word hockey" review of missed vocabulary, he seemed to enjoy a different kind of review. We reviewed the types of questions for verbal sections and some of the strategies for each. Then he did the test yourself for the synonyms section pg 96-97, he missed all but two. Then we went through some of the test yourself questions in the math section (#22, #26, #28, #29, #30). We have five more meetings and we will focus on the verbal sections."
"During this session, the student and I focused for the entire time on Reading Comprehension. We went through every practice example that we could in the book, and I gave her test strategies for this section. Next time, we will start to focus on the math section of the test."
"I had the student take a practice test in an environment that was as close to the test as it would be. I watched how she went through the test and noted areas where she could gain time, making the test easier, and allowing her to go over questions and check her answers."
"We covered the English and reading sections of the ACT. She is stronger in the English section than the reading section. There is a lot of room for improvement in the reading section, and I advised her to practice a reading passage each day and use time management techniques. She was able to quickly understand new concepts and the reasoning behind questions she had gotten wrong. With more review and practice, she will be able to make significant progress."
"We went over the science, English, and math sections in this session. The student did AMAZINGLY on the chemistry passage. She was able to read the tables and understand the design and purpose of the experiment very easily, which is great! For English, we worked on various agreement error questions (i.e., subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, etc.). We want to practice figuring out when to use "his or her" vs "them," and review the purposes of reflexive pronouns, but I think she got the hang of it as we went along. For math, we worked on various concepts, including trig and geometry. We discussed the special right triangle properties; if she can memorize them, she can save SO much time on the exam. Overall, great session. Keep up the great work, and see you next week!!"
"We reviewed the test from last week. First I analyzed the type of questions that the student had the most trouble with, then gave a lesson on these topics, and then had him re-answer the questions he got wrong, and he improved significantly. His biggest weakness on the writing section is grammar, particularly semicolons/ colons, syntax, and transitional words. His biggest weakness on the reading section is humanities and literary fiction passages. He excels at social science and natural science passages."
"We reviewed the student's homework. We talked about her PSAT score. We did a lot of work on the Reading section. I am having her write down all the new words and meanings."
"The student and I worked on kites, quadrilaterals, parallelograms, rhombi, trapezoids, triangles, the law of sines, and the law of cosines today. After reviewing the topics for 1-2 practice problems he seems to be solving problems effectively and efficiently on his own. I will be assigning some additional practice for him to do by Sunday."
"The student got a 28(!!) on her first attempt at the ACT. We're working to push her up into the 30s. Her area that needs the most improvement is Math, where her performance was below what she can do in all subjects. We worked on Math strategies intensively today."
"We went over the Math section of the ACT test. I went over about how the student should approach the problems. I suggested that he should logically think through the questions in order to do well on ACT. He improved quite a bit."