Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She did an English test for homework and got a 16, but when she went back and guessed on the questions she skipped she scored a 19. I have advised her always to guess when she doesn't know. I asked her to do a math section for homework."
"During today's session we covered 100 vocabulary words frequently highlighted on the ACT. We worked together to break words down into prefixes and suffixes, analyzing the root words and their meanings. After discussing definitions, the student constructed sentences to place the words in context and identified the term's synonyms/antonyms."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the structure of the ACT. More importantly, we covered the various timing strategies for each section/test on the ACT. We will be focusing on science, English, and math, while doing some additional practice for reading and essay writing. By raising her science score through correct pacing and timing, she should be scoring higher very soon. For homework, she should complete the English, math, and science sections on the second sample test."
"We went over ACT English and Reading. The student first did 2 passages in reading, and we went over the passage together. Then, we did ACT English rules and did a passage together. The student is improving in ACT English."
"The student and I got a good start today preparing her for the next round of ACTs. She has a good test and tutoring base. Today I have her some diagnostic tests to see her strengths and weaknesses. On Thursday, we'll move on to English and math teaching."
"We got to work on practice geometry questions (something we both agreed needed a great deal of work based on the scores of the last practice test) and worked through a number of questions, focusing primarily on methodology and how to best use formulas."
"We went over the math section of a practice test that he had completed over the previous week, to assess his strengths with the later questions. We went over math concepts, covering numerous coordinate geometry sample questions as well as ratios and averages and we determined where he could improve. We also went over two sample English passages. For homework, I left him with a sample English section and 20 sample medium difficulty math questions."
"The student and I reviewed the passages that she had completed for homework. She did very well on the math section, scoring a 35. After we went over all answers, she completed a reading section of the test. We discussed her responses after each passage."
"Reviewed homework from last time - outlines and math section. Focused on triangle geometry; did a problem set to identify weaknesses and address them. Looked at reading strategy of paragraph summaries. Went over speed reading techniques for reading section. Practiced on passages and analyzed questions and responses."
"Today, we covered my math overview and a couple of the hardest math questions. The student is a math whiz, so this section isn't going to need a lot of attention, as she only needs to talk through strategies for the hardest problem types, and we've already covered most of them. Then, we talked through the ACT essay in great detail, discussing the rubric and sample essays before brainstorming evidence for three different prompts. She is able to generate ideas beyond what I expect from a high schooler. She's very much on track to hit her goal from what I've seen so far."
"The student and I began the session by discussing her experience on the April test. She indicated that she felt much more comfortable coming out of the ACT than the SAT. She received a 26 composite and 26 in each of the 4 content areas. We discussed essay structure before focusing on Science and Reading, each for approximately 50 minutes. She completed a series of timed science exercises from a practice test. Her timing and accuracy were both very good. She is tough on herself when she misses an answer, but asks good questions and strives to fully understand her mistakes. For homework, she will complete the Science section of another practice test."
"The student and I worked on the English and reading portions today. We covered some test-taking techniques as well as points of knowledge. We also discussed what will be necessary to reach his goals. He was a trooper!"