Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student and I worked on English and reading today. She did a really great job! Very few incorrect answers, and she seemed to understand how to arrive at the correct ones the first time. Well done!"
"The student did a timed reading test as homework. I created a simple grammar sheet for him to review - parts of speech, number, etc. Today, he worked on several worksheets that I prepared by going to several websites on ACT English and reading prep. We worked on reading comprehension, understanding the main idea, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, and grammar. He did very well on the reading comprehension and understanding the main idea. I varied the types of questions throughout the lesson and asked him to review some of the grammar ones. Next, he did a timed writing essay, again using the 10/20 format. We used a writing prompt from a website on ACT prep. I told him it would probably score a 4. He gave several good examples from his own life, but it would be stronger if he used even more. I liked his intro a lot, and I appreciated that he wrote the letter in a letter format. He is going to do a full timed test (except the writing essay) tonight - Test 5. He is going to work on focus throughout the test and try the science and reading tests in the new order that we discussed."
"We worked on a third ACT math practice section, along with a few ACT science passages. The student should be well prepared for her ACT on Saturday."
"Reviewed ACT reading and science parts of practice test #2 and created a tip sheet for how to solve problems on his next practice ACT. Created a game plan for the next two weeks."
"Today, we went over ACT math. We discussed strategies and concepts that the student needs to review for the test. We went over formulas and calculations. We went over equations and short-cuts, and then we discussed the mental strategy of approaching questions from the simplest perspective. We will continue to go over the different parts of the test so that she knows what to expect."
"The student improved quite a bit on his last ACT. His weakest subject was reading, and he jumped from a 15 to a 27! His English and science were the areas holding him back most at this point, so we went through some rules of grammar that he hadn't really learned in classes, as well as ways to apply those to the ACT. We practiced with a new science section after discussing some strategies, and he did really well. I'm excited for him. I think he's only going to keep improving."
"Today was the student's second session. We continued working through the math portion. Prior to our session, she took a practice math test and scored a 34. Although she was pleasantly surprised, I knew she had it in her. She knows all the content. With the more difficult questions toward the end of the exam, she will want to work on spotting the concepts being tested. If she can be cognizant of the fact that the ACT will only test algebra/geometry (content of which she knows intimately), then there is no reason she cannot obtain a perfect score. I have a high hopes for Saturday!"
"As this was the last anticipated session before she is to take her ACT this Saturday, we worked on some issues that she wanted to work on. We worked on punctuation (English), specifically understanding how a semi-colon works, as well as doing questions that ask about the English passage as a whole. After about half an hour of that, we started on problem 36 of a math section and continued to work through the remaining problems in that set (working on the more difficult problems in the math section). She anticipates that math will be her lowest scoring section, but she is more confident now after going through more questions."
"The student and I went over one ACT writing prompt in detail. We discussed strategies for creating a strong argument, looking at examples from the ACT site. I had her write out a thesis, topic sentences for examples, and a conclusive statement for one prompt. We then looked at 10 other prompts, discussing difficulties she'd face with them and strategies to overcome them. I advised her to keep her essays formal and to transform personal experiences into third person. We then went over four reading passages (one of each type). I taught her to look for key words from the questions and to prioritize the order in which she did the questions."
"We did ACT math and science. Another good session. The student really underestimates her potential to be really good with the material."
"This was our last session before the student's test on Saturday. We did a science section and reviewed it and went over the essay."
"Today, the student and I discussed the basic format of the ACT, as well as some test-taking tips. He worked through some English problems and part of a math section."