Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on the writing section of ACT, working through the basics of constructing a strong ACT essay (using a specific checklist), then we moved to editing his own Practice Test 1 essay. We looked at ways to create context and make the argument stronger. Then, we worked through his answers to the science section of Practice Test 1. He seems to be having trouble with the science passage that's only reading (no graphs), and we decided it was very similar to reading comprehension. Finally, we continued to work through missed problems on the math diagnostic. The math section will be our priority for our next session."
"We talked about how she felt after taking her first ACT. She said that the reading and English sections were what she had expected them to be, but that she felt that the math section was difficult and that she had trouble with time on the math and the science sections. We started by working on more math practice questions and went over logarithms, trigonometry, solving equations by substituting in a point, and solving word problems. She had some difficulty with the more complex math questions we worked on at the end of a section - for example, she had trouble interpreting the wording of some problems and converting them into mathematical operations. We practiced working on this and also talked about knowing when to skip a question instead of spending more time on it. We started on another math section, and she did well on problems on it, which involved simplifying ans solving equations and geometry. During the second half of the session, we moved on to work on science. We talked through the questions for one science section, and I timed her as she worked through three more passages. She has definitely made improvement on her time - she worked through the three passages each in the allotted time. She did well on problems involving science knowledge and reading from graphs and charts, but she had more problems comparing the results from two or more experiments and drawing inferences from them. At the end of the session, I suggested that she continue to practice her timing in math by giving herself thirty minutes to work on 15 hard and 15 easy math problems."
"Focused more on the English section of the ACT, reviewing practice test questions, and working on grammar knowledge - specifically, punctuation and sentence structure."