Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is picking up speed as well as accuracy. He needs to read as many lines around the selected line in a passage as is necessary. In other words, he must read in context until he has predicted an answer for himself."
"The student and I worked on all four sections today. At this point, it's a matter of filling in the few information gaps and tweaking the strategies. He did a great job!"
"We worked problems from the student's practice test. He is basically good with vocabulary and usage, as well as reading comprehension, and just needs more practice to learn SAT math "tricks." He is still working on Practice test 1 from the practice book."
"As this was our first meeting, I started off getting to know the student and asking her what she thought were her strengths and weaknesses. I then gave her a truncated diagnostic test covering all sections of the SAT. She completed it, and I quickly corrected it while she reviewed some vocab. I gave her a quick summary of her strengths/weaknesses that stuck out and I asked her to make flashcards with a vocab list I provided."
"The student and I took another look at the math section of the ACT during this session. We focused on applying the strategies we'd talked about last time we looked at math to the more difficult second half of the problems. We were able to get through about 30 practice problems and saw multiple ways of solving many of them. She has the basic skills to answer almost all of the problems in the math section!"
"We spent the entire time working on math today. We first reviewed topics I taught her last time. In particular we worked on combinatorics and ratios. I'm glad to work with her on the section because there are quite a few concepts that are hard. We spent some time reviewing geometry and I taught her strategies to tackle those problems."
"We worked on the student's ACT math tonight with a focus on coordinate and analytical geometry, particularly circles. Her June ACT scores revealed this as her only real area of ACT math weakness. Since she also wants to take the SAT again in the fall, next week we are going to switch to doing some SAT-style math since the questions take a more oblique approach to what are essentially the same math skills as that tested on the ACT"
"We finished up one practice test in the student's practice SAT book. She showed significant improvement with reading comprehension. Then we discussed her need to practice essays and I assigned her some homework to speak more with her parents about their stories and to write a practice essay."
"For the first hour of the lesson, the student and I went through the homework on sentence completion that was assigned from the previous class. For the second of the class, we continued our study of Geometry, which the student seemed to grasp fairly well."
"I gave her a couple practice passages in English, science, and math. We reviewed the difference concepts of each question and focused on certain sections. I went over the different testing techniques that will help when going about each question. The big concept is making sure she practices in order to get a score she desires."
"Today the student and I worked on the Science portion of the ACT. I continued to show him the different types of charts and graphs he might see. I also pointed out the types of questions that are frequently asked and how he should approach them. I have noticed he is answering questions more efficiently and with more accuracy than his first practice test. In our next session we will continue with Science and then get started on Reading."
"I had the student answer questions from the English, reading, math, and science sections so I could get a sense of where he stood. His levels were strong for each. He did well on the English and science sections."