Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered approximately half of a Math section of a practice ACT exam. The student is having some difficulty with the Math section, due to a combination of not remembering earlier math (e.g., Algebra) skills and the fact that he hasn't ever been taught some of the more advanced math (e.g., he's never been taught any Trigonometry). He will work on finishing the math section before our next session."
"The student and I focused the session on the math portion of the ACT. I have been encouraging her to write more, as she attempts to solve problems. I want her to organize her thoughts on paper, rather than in her head, because I feel she will be more successful at answering problems this way. With practice, she has improved her ability to do this. She is also improving her ability to find her mistakes, and correct them. I keep reminding her to focus her efforts on the first 20 questions."
"The student and I continued our work on ACT Math and Science. She made great progress on her Math practice test, scoring a 31. Most of her mistakes were small errors, so I gave her several tips, to ensure that she's more vigilant on future tests. She over-thought some of the questions, which then overwhelmed her. Once I walked her through the problems, step-by-step however, the answers became quite obvious. I suggested that she try to think a bit more simply on ACT Science; a lot of it is not complicated. I'm confident that with some more practice, she'll see her Science scores improve."
"During this session, we reviewed for the first part of the ACT that the student will be taking. She had not reviewed the English section in a long time, so she had some trouble at first and missed many questions on the first practice passage that we worked on. However, once we went over the first passage together and talked through the problems that she missed (as well as the ones that she got correct and why they were correct), she felt much more confident and did much better on the subsequent passages that we worked on. I think that the English section is one of her strengths, as long as she gets a little more practice and knows what to look for on each one."
"We went over the basics of the ACT and dove into English. The student took a diagnostic test as well as completed some practice questions. I will use the diagnostic test to determine the skills we will practice in upcoming sessions."
"During this session we solved the multiple choice section of a previous exam. This exam material was comprehensive covering almost all the topics we have reviewed including mechanics, electricity, waves, and modern physics. The student was able to solve more than 90 percent of the questions correct on this exam and only had trouble with the most difficult questions, particularly those in mechanics which we took some extra time on to review thoroughly."
"Completed diagnostic ACT for reading, math, and science sections. Student's diagnostic scores were as follows: 12 English, 19 Math, 14 Reading, 19 Science. Composite score would have been 16; target score is 24. The student and I began formulating our approach moving forward in tutoring sessions given his diagnostic results. Reading will be de-emphasized in order to increase growth in the English section and maximize points in math and science, which are already his strongest. We will tackle reading a few sessions down the road. Timing seemed to be an issue only for English and Reading sections. The student also reported "educated guessing" on a fair number of questions, esp. in math. Will work to increase his confidence and review key Algebra/Geometry concepts to decrease guesswork."
"Today I met with the student to work on test prep. We decided to start by working through a science section in a timed setting. This turned out to be a great exercise, as it really tested her ability to answer graph interpretation problems under pressure. After a timed science section we decided to focus on math. The student identified areas that she was not completely sure about and we discussed those - none of the material was new to her, so this went quickly. Then we worked through a practice test in a non-timed setting. In this setting the student is doing very well. This Friday we'll meet to work over the rest of the math section that we're on and possibly do a timed math test."
"Today the student and I continued to go over the reading and science sections of the test. I have certainly seen improvement in science, as he has become more familiar with the types of questions being asked and how to quickly and correctly read the given tables and graphs. For the next session at least we will work exclusively on reading and try to improve his timing on this section."
"We completed a science section together, then discussed some math concepts, including logarithms, imaginary numbers, functions, fractions with variables, and radicals."
"We started doing the science practice test. She needs more practice on how to approach these questions. However, she is still doing much better than before. I think next session will go very well."
"I worked with the student on some basic strategies for the Science and English sections. We talked about how to start with the questions in Science instead of the passage. He has a strong mastery of grammar and so we talked about some of the other things -- like redundancy -- they can test him on during the English section."