Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did a lot of reading today, and then we played a math game about identifying higher and lower numbers."
"We covered a vast amount of territory in a small amount of time as a review, ranging from World War II to the Vietnam War."
"The student and I began by reviewing the practice test he completed for homework. He seems to be getting very comfortable with the strategies he learned for sentence completion and grammar multiple choice. After this, we discussed the list of examples he made for the essay. Next, we discussed the timed essay he wrote for homework. We identified what he did well and also discussed how he could write a better essay next time. Finally, we brainstormed and outlined a new essay using his list. We agreed that this would be a very strong essay. For homework, he will revise, add to, and research the examples on his list. After that, he will write two timed practice essays using the prompts in Practice Tests #4 and #5. He should make sure to handwrite his responses. He will also use examples from his revised list, and send me copies of these essays at least a day before our next session."
"The student had a little bit of trouble on the percentages section of her math homework; I clarified some of the formulas given in her book and adjusted a few of them to better fit her style of thinking. She's usually at an advantage when dealing with percentages that translate easily to fractions and even some that are a bit tougher. Following this, she actually picked up quite quickly on the concept of percent increase/percent decrease (or "discount" or "off") based on adding or subtracting the number from 100. She much prefers the verbal side of things but continues to be open to reviewing her work in math if she doesn't find an answer choice that matches her result. I rewarded her a bit at the end with some new vocabulary, where we followed our strategy from before of supplementing the textbook's word roots with some of our own. She'll be taking a crack at some new algebra practice for Sunday's session."
"Today, we worked on whole and part fractions and percentages, fractional percentages, proportion problems, and rate problems. I left her with extra practice outside of tutoring on the apps I had her download."
"Today, the student and I worked on the English and Reading sections of a practice ACT. In our session, we were able to finish the English section and three out of four passages of the Reading section. His baseline for these sections is very good, especially the Reading section, where he only missed a handful of questions. He had more difficulty with the English section, and that is something that we will focus more on in future sessions. He was a great student to work with, and I look forward to working with him further."
"The student and I focused on her homework for the first part of our session. We reviewed her answers to her timed English section (she only got 3 wrong, which would have got her a score of a 34!! Good job!) and her Math section (she had 8 wrong, which is great). We are going to come back to Math and English during next week's homework. We then worked on the Prose Fiction Reading passage on page 466. She did well! We than turned to our test prep book and worked on some medium to hard Math problems. I had a great session with the student today."
"We continued our work on vocabulary and reading comprehension. The student did better today on his vocabulary, remembering the words and their antonyms/synonyms much easier."
"We continued where we'd left off with the TOEFL by answering the first block of reading comprehension questions. The level of difficulty was about an 8, so we slowed down and used some of our test-taking strategies, such as eliminating obvious wrong answers. We also practiced for the listening part of the exam by playing a short recording, taking notes, and answering comp questions. Last, the student and I looked at web sites that can help her prepare for the TOEFL, including a blog by fellow ESL students."
"We covered the English and writing sections of the ACT. For the writing section, we reviewed sample essays to see how they compare with each other and how they were scored. Then, we worked on writing an essay in response to a sample prompt. The student improved in her ability to support her thesis by learning how to draw together points and explain the significance of her examples and conclusions. To continue improving, I think she should practice writing timed essays in response to ACT prompts and focus on developing and analyzing ideas. She should also review the sample essays on the ACT website that we briefly looked at and read the feedback for those essays so that she understands the expectations for each score."
"Today, the student and I had our last session together before his SAT this Saturday! First, we went over and summarized all the tips and tricks I've mentioned to him throughout our time together. He will mostly need to focus on his timing and determining whether or not to answer a question. After we went over these tips, we completed a Reading section and worked on vocabulary and grammar. I saw a large improvement in his work since the first time we met. He answered most of the questions correctly and efficiently. I recommend he practice with a timed SAT exam sometime this week, as well as work on the parts of the test that are hardest and most unfamiliar to him. I believe this practice will instill more confidence and reduce unnecessary stress during the SAT itself. I wish him the best of luck on the SAT and in the future!"
"We worked on the student's ACT reading and science homework, and we worked on a general approach to math problems. I've assigned more homework, and we plan to meet again next week."