Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on outlining his essay, his thesis statement, and his conclusions. He wrote two practice essays to prepare."
"We reviewed math concepts/strategy heavily, going through several problems of various types step by step. The student had a little difficulty working through some fundamentals (e.g. percentages, probability) but was able to understand them after some practice. She saw that it can be useful to keep variables grouped together rather than viewed separately. We also practiced through a vocabulary section. She did well here and should continue to brush up on the list that I sent her. In the next couple of days, she should practice through some early-level SAT math problems online, as well as go through the content review I sent her. If she goes through these with at least some level of comfort, she should be able to improve her math score from last time."
"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 she 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!"
"Today the student and I went through a few math, reading, and writing sections. Her scores have improved dramatically in the relatively short time we've been working together. It seems that she's nearing her potential ability in reading and writing. I'm confident that she's geared up to be in a great place for the test."
"We spent about half of the session working on listening and the other half working on speaking. We went over listening strategies and note taking for the listening sections. When using the skills, her listening accuracy improved greatly, and I think with a little more practice she'll do really well on the listening section on the test. We also worked on strategies for the listening section. We talked about organizing ideas and the importance of having an introduction, two or three examples and a strong conclusion. She needs to work some on planning quickly and using well structured sentences and appropriate vocabulary. She will work on reading strategies and vocabulary at home and we will go over her answers during our next session."
"Today we covered strategies and practice problems from all sections of the ACT. The student is a motivated student who benefits from one-on-one practice. He needs the most practice with the reading and English sections, but has room to improve on all sections. He needs review for all sections of the test, and also needs to practice on his own to work on completing the test on time. He should be taking practice tests for at least the reading section every week."
"The student completed two critical reading sections, half of a math section, and one page of vocabulary while on vacation. If she sticks the techniques we use when we work on passages together, I think she can do much better. I assigned her another critical reading section to do before our next meeting, and hope to see how she does on her own when she applies the techniques we discussed."
"The student and I reviewed material during her last session before her exam on Saturday, focusing on subjects mainly in math. We reviewed proportions (fractions, decimals, percentages). She reviewed the proportions chart prior to this lesson and she clearly felt more comfortable doing conversions. I had her do several extra problem sets on the website, in addition to a practice test from a review book her mother purchased. We also reviewed analogies and definitions. I'm confident she did well on Saturday!"
"The student has a test tomorrow on translations, rotations and reflections. I went through a couple practice tests with her to help cement her understanding of the subject matter. Additionally, we spent about 45 minutes looking at sample questions from the placement exam. She still has trouble converting word problems into equations, so for next week my plan is to double down on the subject matter."
"We began with a review of a question that required connecting concepts from plane and solid geometry. It was the only question the student had missed out of the 20 questions on his homework. It was a sign of marked progress. In the math section, we also discussed pacing and reviewed functions. For the reading section, we discussed pacing, as well as strategies for finding the meaning of a word or excerpt in context."
"I worked with each student on reading and writing skills. With Student 1 we applied these skills to Science, his lowest tested session, and with Student 2 we applied these skills to Reading. We also practiced ACT/ SAT vocab."
"We covered the basic techniques for the Reading and Writing sections of the SAT. We went through several practice questions in her book so she could see the practical application of how each of those rules work. I instructed her to take a few practice tests to see how using those techniques felt and see if it improved her performance."