Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the math section that the student had done on his own. He had done well, answering most questions correctly. We examined the questions that he didn't get, and reviewed those topics, which included one problem that involved picking numbers. Then, we started to cover tactics for the Writing section. We spent most of the rest of our time examining common mistakes in grammar and usage, which often appear in the writing multiple choice questions. The student learned a great deal about subject-verb agreement, pronoun agreement, modifiers, and dangling participles. He is just about ready to tackle Writing multiple choice questions on his own."
"ACT English -> Score 30 Struggles: Redundancy, choosing the least wordy option, gerunds, choosing the "best" answer ACT Science -> incomplete Struggles: Interpreting the question, reading more complicated graphs, connecting data from one graph to the next"
"The student and I focused on the math sections of Test 2 (as assigned at the end of our last session). There is a clear pattern in the student's score: she omits a fair number of the math questions but makes few errors. Our goal will be to increase her confidence level so that she may feel comfortable attempting a greater variety of problems. This session, we identified several key math areas to address and focused on angles (in triangles and parallel lines), special operations (created solely for the test), and even-odd number rules."
"Today, the student began by working through the second half of the math section we began on Monday. She did pretty well on the questions she knew how to work, only missing a few. I went over those with her, as well as some question types she had forgotten how to answer. After that, I had her work through a social science reading passage, on which she missed just a couple of questions. Finally, she wrapped up by working through a couple of science passages on which she did very well."
"The student and I reviewed his homework from Monday which involved completing a full science section and finishing the last third of the first math section. After reviewing both and evaluating how he could have picked up points I graded the sections to get a score. His science section was a 22, a 3 point increase from his latest test and his math score was a 24, a 4 point increase from his latest test. These two scores paired with the scores he got on the English and reading section we completed Monday gave him a 25 composite, only two points below his target of a 27 and 4 points above the 21 he started with. The student and I have decided to work on timing of full sections during our last two sessions. His confidence seems to be much higher than when we started and I think he will prepared for his exam next Saturday."
"The student and I reviewed SAT grammar rules, math problems, and her essay techniques in anticipation of her second SAT exam."
"We started out covering Critical Reading. She has a very high reading accuracy, and tends to get most of the comprehension questions. We're covering as much vocab as we can, but realistically, there's only so much cramming that can be done on this front. We also covered the SAT essay, going over the rubric and example essays before brainstorming through a couple of prompts together until she felt comfortable generating ideas from different categories quickly. She's going to do an essay for homework tonight. In addition, I covered the five most common grammar pitfalls I see students miss."
"We went over the student's practice SAT essay and then scored and reviewed her practice Reading Comprehension section. Then we reviewed specific test-taking strategies for each type of test question, since the student will be sitting for the test on Saturday. Next week we will review the ACT strategies since she will be taking that test next Saturday!"
"Go over questions that student has form the book, and started model test 1 in the book to go over problems that student has questions on. Asked student to study more for the test and try to finish all six test."
"The student had worked on an ACT practice English and part of a practice science section prior to the session, so we went over those in great detail. She's getting a little nervous since the test is getting closer and is worried about not reaching her score goal this time around. I think that the nerves are kind of getting to her and making her second-guess herself and miss questions that she would otherwise easily get. I spent most of this session trying to reassure her that she was doing well and get her confidence up for the test."
"The student lost a few points on the Math and Science sections of her practice ACT. We went over the missed questions and talked about ways to bring the Math and Science back up; the student will do another practice test for Sunday."
"We covered conjugate acids and bases, periodic trends, allotropes, isotopes, types of bonds, types of compounds, polyatomic ions, and balancing chemical equations. He was able to work through the worksheets on his own and was confident with the material. He will work on completing the SAT chemistry practice exam before our next session and we will address any questions he may have."