Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I began by working on science. We talked through one passage from the science section, and I then timed the student as she worked on three more passages. She improved on her time compared to our last session - she finished the questions for two out of the three passages in the allotted time. She understood the passages well and did a good job going back to the passage to find her answers. However, she should remember to always pay attention to both the numbers and the axis labels on a graph when reading it. In the second part of the session, the student and I worked on medium- to harder- level problems from a math section. She did well in algebraic manipulation, solving equations, and coordinate geometry. She had more trouble with some problems involving planar geometry and relating word problems or inequalities to their graphs. We practiced choosing a number to substitute in for equations and expressions with more than one variable, solving problems using angle relationships, thinking about how a given situation or relationship related to its graph, and isolating variables in equations with sines, cosines, or tangents. She can continue to practice by checking her timing for the math section, either by timing herself as she works on one complete math section, or using 30 minutes to work on the middle 30 problems of a math section."
"We practiced reading. The student's reading speed was strong, and we're working on having her trust her gut to answer questions and mark ones she's not sure about to return to if there is time."
"In today's session the student and I reviewed a lot of homework. He took a full English ACT session for homework and scored a 26. We discussed a whole lot of punctuation, including commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes, and exhaustively noted when to use each type. We noted the differences between complete and incomplete thoughts (i.e. dependent and independent clauses) and how those relate to the punctuation and conjunctions one can use. We also discussed subjects, verbs, and adjectives. In math, we went over some tricky sequencing and geometry problems, and emphasized the need to read questions carefully. We also discussed reading keywords and the fact that there must be evidence for an answer in a passage, but sometimes it will not be spelled out. We noted that extreme answers, while almost always wrong, can be correct if the extreme word is used verbatim in the passage itself. For homework he will do more English and reading problems -- we will likely finish our English strategies on Friday."