Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student and his parents are more interested in a standardized physics test that can help him get into a good engineering school and are less interested in him skipping introductory physics courses, they have decided that he will take the SAT physics subject test and not the AP physics test, so I will be tutoring him in preparation for that instead. We focused on work, energy, and power, specifically the Work-Energy Theorem, the formulas for gravitational energy both near the Earth's surface and any distance from it, and how it is ALWAYS easier to do kinematics problems in terms of the scalar energy than it is to do it in terms of the vectors, displacement, velocity, and acceleration. I asked him to do the problems at the end of the chapter in the SAT physics prep guide for next time."
"We covered ACT Math topics, specifically going over probability and a little bit of geometry. I gave the student one of the practice math tests to go over before our next meeting. Overall, he is a bright student and catches on to all material extremely quickly. Just needs to review basic concepts."
"The student and I began meeting this week. We began with math. We reviewed geometry basics together. I asked her to work through some intermediate problems. She was able to answer most of them and the ones that she struggled with she only needed minimal help from me. I also introduced her to the 2-pass method for math. She understands using Now, Later, Never in the math section. The student and I also covered English. We reviewed basic strategies in the section. I assigned English and math homework."
"In our second-to-last session, the student and I went over the full practice test she took last time. We talked about some issues she had with the Reading section on the test, but overall she did very well. We will continue test-day skills next week for her last session."
"Today, we covered the reading and English sections of the assessment. The student said he wanted to achieve a 35, so we looked at schools he's interested in, and talked about what scores he would actually need to get into such a school. He's doing better on the English section, as he does have a strong grasp on grammar."
"The student is smart with a keen mind to take the assessment, and he needs practice before test day. We had a good session honing in on the English section of the test, as well as overall assessment strategy. I left him with homework to complete before we meet again. I look forward to more work with him."
"During this session, the student and I worked on the English section of the assessment. We reviewed many of the rules we had talked about in previous sessions, paying close attention to homophones this time. After completing a short activity on homophones, we went through the first passage of pretest together, talking through our strategies for each question. After that, the student completed two passages independently, while I kept track of timing. Before our next session, the student will continue trying to complete the midway practice test and send in her results."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the structure of the test, as well as strategies and time management for each section. We then reviewed math formulas and equations. After the review, we drilled several chunks of math sections from his prep book. The student did well on these - he scored 11/11 on the last chunk we did. For the next session, the student should be reviewing his math flashcards, make flashcards of the different strategies and their strategies, as well as outline a writing prompt, writing it if he has time."
"We covered mostly the Mathematics section of the assessment, and talked about a few testing strategies. Also clarified the more complicated questions and I will find a few more of those to practice next time."
"The student did very well on the practice assessment English and Reading sections she did, scoring 32s on each of them; she specifically cited our reading strategy as the source of her increased Reading score."
"The student and I covered the different types of questions on the science section and the best strategies for approaching each. We discussed basic elements of interpreting graphs and charts, such as trends and correlations. Then, we did practice questions for each type of question."
"Today we studied for the math section, discussing geometry and probabilities among other topics. We also studied for the English and science sections for about 20-25 minutes each. No concerns to report. The student plans to complete practice test problems for homework."