Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed homework, covered topics supporting new assignments, and reviewed previous test math sections."
"We are nearly completed with the subjects. The student did really well on his essay. He should study vocab and takes as many practice sections as possible."
"Practiced problems in book. Assigned homework on 1.) approaching a problem 2.) understanding the explanation given on incorrect answers."
"The student and I went over the practice English test from practice test 3 he did for homework. We practiced math from practice test 2."
"Went over specific difficult math problems and reviewed math fundamentals. Began SAT writing examples and strategy."
"In this session, the student and I continued to look at content-based skills and shortcuts for the Math test of the ACT. Specifically, we explored: * recognizing when a question lends itself either to working with longer, more time-consuming numbers or calculations or with shorter numbers or operations that can be done mentally in less time than it would take to use a calculator; * using the properties of factors and multiples to solve equations for 2x, 3x, etc. without doing the extra work of solving for x and then multiplying; * quickly determining whether 2-digit or longer numbers are divisible by 3 (by a choice of 2 different methods); * calculating the area of trapezoids and the volume of non-rectangular 3-dimensional shapes; * using logarithms and their properties; and * reducing the amount of work necessary to calculate the total items involved by the end of a sequence that includes a constant increase or decrease in items across each interval for a given number of intervals, with or without a starting ("base") number of items by working from the two outermost ends of the sequence toward the middle thusly: -- 1. finding the total items for the last entry in the sequence by multiplying the increase per interval by the total number of intervals remaining after the first entry; -- 2. adding the starting base to the total items for the last entry in the sequence; and -- 3. multiplying the resulting sum by the total number of *pairs* of entries in the sequence (i.e. the number of entries divided by 2). Although this last technique seemed time-consuming and counter-intuitive to the student when I first presented it, she was open-minded enough to try it on a fresh problem of the structure described above. Upon using the shortcut, she expressed that it was indeed much faster than the method she had been using to solve problems of this type. We also reviewed the value of solving only for 1 or 2 digits and checking those digits against the corresponding digits of the answer choices, as opposed to solving the entire problem first and comparing the complete solution to the answer choices only afterward."
"Overview of strengths and weaknesses. Dissected previous essay and discussed outlining and other essay techniques. Reviewed math and verbal previous test mistakes."
"The student and I went through a science section I had him take as homework and identified the simple mistakes he was making. Additionally, we spent time reinforcing his understanding of common comma rules."
"Student A is very confident in all sections, aside from the vocabulary portion of reading. He applied the grammar rules to the multiple choice questions of the writing section seamlessly. I also helped him analyze the roots and prefixes of vocabulary words from the sentence fill-ins. I suspect that time management will be crucial for him because he has the ability to answer almost all of the questions, but doing so quickly and accurately will be a challenge. Transitioned to ACT with Student B. His composite score of 25 was a strong starting point, but he definitely wants to improve his English score (20) and science score (23). Some of the charts, tables, and graphs were challenging for him, so I helped him interpret the relevant data and sort out all the extraneous information. In the English section, he did extremely well with all the concepts. I asked him to complete the English section for homework and to definitely time himself. With practice, the test should become second nature for him and his speed will improve."
"Reviewed SAT scores, Worked through some math sections together, Summarized the best study strategies."
"We reviewed numerous difficult level 4 and 5 problems with techniques for solving them. The student is an excellent math student and continues to build confidence."
"Worked through straight math sections in test prep books. The student was especially strong with geometry and coordinate problems. Assigned practice test for weekend homework."