Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered simple algebra, trigonometry, and geometry ranging from solving for x to using SOHCAHTOA. I gave him a diagnostic test and went over it with him. He seemed to grasp and recall the material better once we did it together. I left him with eight questions from an ACT prep book that belongs to him. I instructed him to try the problems and we planned to go over them next time we meet. No concerns whatsoever."
"We focused an hour of the session on a set of 35 vocabulary words in an effort to increase the student's ability to infer, look up, and memorize more complex vocabulary words. He spent the last half hour reading a passage from a practice ACT reading section, identifying a dozen words he was not yet familiar with, and researching the words. Next week we'll return to the same section and attempt the questions."
"The student and I went through a bunch of the skills for the ACT, including Using the Answers, Algebra, and Parallel Lines. Practice should help her a lot. I asked her to complete a practice test for Saturday."
"During the session with the student we worked specifically on outlining essays. I worked with her on writing one sentence per paragraph in her outlines, with the goal of getting down to key words instead of full sentences. At the end of the session I had her write out a full essay using one of the outlines we created during the session. She did a great job, the essay showed significant improvement from her first session."
"The student got his scores back today and it looks like he's improved a lot since his practice exam back in September. He had a composite of 21/22 and his strongest section was math with a 24. His weakest was science. We spent some time talking about the test he took last month and what we wanted to do in the coming weeks. His next test is in February. We did some science practice problems and talked about general strategies."
"The student and I spent this session going over a copy of the last SAT he took. For the grammar questions, I showed him which ones are likely to show up again, so he will definitely know how to answer them the next time he takes the SAT. I also had him start a list of all the words he came across that he had either never seen before or had forgotten the meanings of. He already has a set of flashcards for the SAT, although so far unused, but I did tell him that part of the vocabulary learning of flashcards comes from actually writing the word and its definition. To make use of the already paid for cards, however, I did say that he could trace the word and meaning on the card itself if he wanted to. We had a small amount of time left at the end of the session, so I helped him answer two of the math grid-in questions that he had missed on the last SAT he took. He should have an SAT book next time, so we will work from that then."
"In this session, we covered: Quantitative (Number Properties) and Writing (Sentence Correction) by reviewing testing strategies, doing practice problems, and reviewing answers. We took a closer look at questions that were skipped or missed in order to develop techniques to tackle similar problems in the future."
"We worked on Reading, English, and started covering Math as well this session. I had the student do a couple of different time trial runs with the Reading Comprehension sections to see which strategic approach would be best for her. We also reviewed some more English Composition practice problems and started on math review."
"Worked on practice test review: reading comprehension questions, vocabulary questions, and tough sentence error questions. Incorporated lessons into structured flow chart. Reviewed and corrected essay."
"This was our last session. The student had not completed Practice Test #8, so I had him answer the hardest questions on the test in all sections; he did very well and only missed 3. He also completed the timed essay and did very well - he agreed that his timed essay writing skills have improved. I told him that I believe he is very well prepared for his test next Saturday, and I recommended that he complete Practice Tests #9 and #10 in his study guide before then. I also talked to him about his plans to take the ACT later in the summer, and I will email him 5 ACT practice tests to prepare for that if he wishes."
"We started with working on the student's homework covering reading bar graphs, pictographs, and creating frequency charts. After completing his homework packet I reviewed the multiplication flashcards with him. He has improving greatly. Next, I asked him to work on the worksheet that I created to time test him. His ability to work on multiplication problems without mistakes has greatly improved. With the remaining minute and a half that we had left in our session I asked him to answer as many division problems as he could. He completed 13 questions in 1 minute and 14 seconds and he got all of them correct. His skills and his confidence are greatly increasing."
"We covered his mistakes from the first two sections (math and critical reading) from the third practice SAT. The student had improved in both sections and was leaving fewer questions blank. We also covered techniques for the writing section and grammar rules (e.g., participles and subject/verb agreement), more math examples, and the essay."