Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We accomplished quite a bit in writing, reading, and math. The student had written an essay for homework, so we started by discussing that. She had a pretty good thesis and two main supporting ideas. I decided to focus some more in-depth pre-writing with her to include supporting evidence for each point and delineate the differences between points. We practiced an example of such pre-writing based on the same prompt, and I gave her homework of pre-writing this way for another prompt and writing an essay based on that. We went through one reading passage today. The student is getting through the passages quickly, and she does a good job getting the main points. She is also doing well in math. Our work today centered around proportions and "translation" exercises. She understood proportions well and translated words into equations well."
"The student and I finished the math practice section we began working on a couple of weeks ago and completed a full science practice section. These are the areas of the test that concern him the most, but he actually showed a great deal of facility with the science section. He performed especially well on problems that involved interpreting data from graphs. He answered nearly every science question correctly without guidance or prompting, though the passage-based questions took him a little longer because the information was more difficult to find. I suggested reading actively and making notes about the key points and areas of agreement and disagreement between passages. The student is working on the more difficult trigonometry problems that appear on the ACT, so we did a bit of review of trigonometric functions and talked about the trick questions that might appear toward the end of a math section. We will meet again on Tuesday, so the student will not worry about doing extra work in advance of that session."
"This was the first session back with the student. He said the substitute tutor worked with him on a large variety of topics. Today we covered English, science, and math. For English, we worked through one passage together, and he complete 2 timed passages solo. We also discussed semi-colon, hyphen, and dependent clause rules. For the science section, we started by reviewing how to approach each passage based on passage content (graphs, tables, diagrams, text). He then worked through 3 timed passages. He struggled with timing on the longer passages (6-7 questions) but did well with the 5-question passage. Lastly, we worked through 15 moderate-difficult math problems questions. Finally, we quickly talked about the essay and strategies for outlining as well as brainstorming. For extra practice, he has 2 English passages, 2 science passages, 2 reading passages, and some reading about essay scoring."