Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent this session preparing him for the Math test. We explored and practiced a variety of time-saving techniques and section-specific strategies to help him reduce the amount of extra work he does, especially in the form of unnecessary calculations. We also reviewed a few math skills as needed, including matrix multiplication and some geometry. The student tends to approach math intuitively, and was often able to anticipate and combine the steps needed to solve a problem. Most of the time, this talent worked to his benefit; occasionally, however, he made assumptions about what to do with the information given that didn't match what the question actually asked, and made minor mistakes when his answer either didn't appear among the choices or turned out to be incorrect. We talked about the importance of reading each question carefully and of paying especially close attention to key words like 'not' or 'except' as well as to which variable needs to be found. Throughout the session, the student did good work, and I feel confident that if he continues to practice applying the strategies we discussed, he will be able to reach or exceed his goal score."
"The student had completed a reading passage for homework. She said she had not timed herself, but she thought it took around five minutes for one passage, of which she got 8/10 correct. We reviewed the two missed questions, and she understood them quickly. We did the passages of the science section. The main focus in this area was reducing wordy information down to basic relationships or images. We also practiced logic strategies to eliminate wrong answers when there isn't enough time to actually find the correct answer. We spent about an hour on English. She knows punctuation and homophone rules better than anyone else I have worked with. We practiced eliminating prepositional phrases to identify the subject of the sentence. We also covered parallelism. With dependent clauses and parallelism, she said she understood the concepts well by the end of the day."
"The student and I covered writing during this session. We talked about the scoring system, how to organize an essay, and some general tips about writing on the ACT. Then, we looked at sample essays and talked about what they did well on and what could be improved. Then, we looked at two different prompts and took 7 minutes (for each) to plan the essay. We formulated some good strategies that will help her brainstorm most effectively. Mainly, she will start brainstorming by writing a quick draft of her thesis and then list a number of examples that come to her mind. From the examples she lists, she will organize her thoughts into two (or more) body paragraphs. She will write an essay this weekend, and we will discuss it on Tuesday."