Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I conducted a diagnostic assessment of the English and math tests and practiced for the English section. She answered 14 of the 15 questions correctly in the English passage she completed individually after we reviewed the most commonly tested grammar rules. No concerns to report. I left extra math and English practice."
"We went over a math practice section in the practice ACT book that the student had. He is overall doing much better and says he feels better about the exam. We went over test day strategies since this was the last session."
"The student is a sharp guy and I'm confident he will do well on his assessment test. He had a stellar performance on the practice science test we worked through, which adds further weight in my mind that he has what it takes to make an exemplary score."
"We are continuing to focus on Science prep. Just in the few times we have met, the student's confidence in his skills have improved (not that they were bad), and he is catching errors that he previously missed."
"The student is taking the assessment test tomorrow morning, so we spent our session reviewing those questions and sections that had caused him the most trouble over the past couple of weeks. We went over a full science section as well as some English questions he answered incorrectly on a previous practice test, and we talked over the writing section in a bit more detail. He is feeling more comfortable with the way the content is presented, and this was his main concern since he actually has a very strong grasp of the underlying knowledge required for each section of the exam."
"Today, we did a timed writing in which we evaluated the student's thesis statements, her outline, and how she used her time to write her essay. She did much better than when we first began. Since it was the final day before her exam, she decided that she would like to review some math and science since we focused so much on reading and writing the last several sessions. So, we looked at functions, equations, slopes, quadrants, and word problems. In science, we focused on a range of data interpretation. We decided that for her final 2 hours, we'll spend the time looking at her college application essays and we'll be coordinating a good time next week to work on that!"
"The student and I worked on developing a new strategy for her; reading the first and last sentence of each paragraph and reading all of the answer choices before returning to the passage. I know this will help speed her up and focus her attention on the passage."
"Today the student and I discussed a variety of assessment test topics. We went over several questions from each of the four sections. I recommended that he purchase the prep guide for studying the English and reading sections."
"We covered various test taking strategies for the assessment test that the student will take on Saturday. We talked about his past two assessment test scores and what his goals are. His lowest scores have been in the reading sections so we discussed how he could bump up those scores. We covered other sections and just talked about testing stamina. This was a single session so there is no extra work assigned, but I will be sending him some extra test strategies that I have from one of my own books."
"I started off the session by asking how the assessment test went and any comments or concerns regarding that. The student said overall that he felt a lot better taking the test this time and there were a lot of things he remembered from our sessions that helped. We then worked on science for an hour, since the English, math, and reading sections are very similar to the assessment test. We did a science diagnostic test, and I went over a lot of key concepts regarding that portion. We then looked at the other parts of the test for the next hour, highlighting the differences and similarities."
"The student and I had a great last session. We went through two full, timed sections in critical reading and science. She did very well and applied all of the strategies we have been talking about well. We finished by walking through all of the tactics she will be using on her test on Saturday."
"Today the student wanted to focus on practicing the math section, as he hadn't worked on that in a while. I gave him several timed tests, with the amount of time he had per question based on the general difficulty level of the questions. He completed 50 of the test questions this way, with periodic breaks where I would grade what he had done so far and going over questions he had missed. He missed about 5 questions out of the 50 he attempted."