Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued focusing on the Math section of the assessment exam. The student should continue practicing independently as well, especially on word problems, estimation, and problems with fractions/percents."
"We began work on our ACT test prep today. The student completed his first round of college essay edits, focusing on content. We then reviewed reading homework. His homework for tonight is to work on his passage based questions and vocabulary."
"The student and I practiced English and critical reading, then I taught him a lesson about circle geometry, and we reviewed the material on special right triangles from the previous lesson."
"We chatted about the previous ACT and practice ACT that the student took and then went through the 5 sections (4 multiple choice sections and writing) to talk about specific questions, his answering process, and strategies. He did exceedingly well and was very communicative about his concerns, questions, and understanding."
"We had to devote some of the session to administering a full math section. The student did better than previously in respect to time management, reaching question #30 by the halfway point - I know he can exceed this, so I'm still encouraging him to conserve time through process of elimination and other strategies on the first 30-40 questions of the test. He got 41/60 overall, choosing to stop once he ran into some problems he wasn't sure how to solve the right way. However, we saw afterward that he could have earned some more points through clever use of his calculator on some trig and logarithm problems or by simply plugging in variables/comparing answer choices."
"Today was a more general overview of the ACT test so that I could get a feel for the student's thought process/strengths and weaknesses. English does seem to be her challenge area, so I linked her to a practice test and will make sure to dedicate more time in the sessions towards English."
"The student and I reviewed English and math. He completed a full English test under timed conditions and scored a 26. I believe this is the only area he has displayed any weakness in, so it will likely continue to be an area of emphasis. We also reviewed some math -- he is very strong here and likely to score above a 30."
"Today was my last session with the student. In the beginning of the session, we went over work that he had completed on his own prior to the session. After that, we spent the balance of the session reviewing reading sections from the prep book. It's been a pleasure working with him, and I am confident that he will achieve his goals on the assessment exam."
"We finished reviewing the students' math and reading sections from a mock SAT. They are taking the test in a week. They have asked to have an extra session on Friday night."
"The student and I worked through a comparative humanities passage with a focus on understanding the interaction of the author's arguments, evidence, and claims. She was more comfortable with strategies such as process of elimination. We also worked through approximately 40 SAT grammar questions and discussed comma placement, semicolons, active versus passive voice, noun-verb agreement, and unclear antecedents."
"We went over the critical reading diagnostic test together. I gave the student tips and strategies, advised her about common wrong answers and traps, etc. I then had her take a Writing test, and she only got 3 wrong. One of the wrong ones was pronoun-antecedent agreement, and she quickly understood that she got it wrong. The other 2 were stylistic questions about word choice and conciseness in writing. I assigned her a Reading test for homework."
"For this session, the student and I dove into SAT math prep. We covered angles at great length, discussing the difference between complementary and supplementary angles, how to determine congruency ("Z" alternate angles, "F" corresponding angles, vertical angles), and seeing angles that add up to 90 or 180. We did a lot of problems using this reviewed information, solving for angle values, x, etc. After this, we started going over methods of finding triangle side lengths and recognizing common angles in right triangles (30-60-90 versus 45-45-90, Pythagorean triples, etc.) as well as reviewed basic triangle terminology. I was glad we were able to get through so much geometry in this session. We plan to pick back up where we left off tomorrow afternoon."