Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since this was the student's final session before her test, I had her go through two full sections. She felt that reading and English would be the most useful in terms of pacing. In English, she finished nine minutes early but missed several questions that she knew when we looked over them afterward. She ended up getting the same score as she did the last time she took the ACT. With this in mind, I recommended that she just take more time on each question rather than going quickly and then going back to check it all. We went over the questions she missed and talked through some of the academic concepts behind them. In science, she answered everything in time but guessed in the Experimental Design and reading-intensive sections. She actually got a slightly lower score than she had on the test previously. I asked how she felt about it, and she said she just felt drained from the week in general and from coming directly from math tutoring. I encouraged her to get rest before the test and go in confidently since she has prepared quite well for it. I left her with a pacing sheet and a checklist for the day of the test."
"The student and I had a great first session yesterday. As she hasn't taken a full diagnostic yet and has a lot of school work coming up, we are biding our time with some intro strategies and practice problems. We worked on math, reading, and English yesterday, going over general strategies for saving time and focusing on easier problems first. She has a strong grasp of basic math concepts but often gets confused about what problems are asking. She definitely tends toward English and reading more, but can get bogged down by the passages that are more technical and science related. I had her practice skimming passages and then summarizing the main points, tone, and narration of each piece. We also discussed the writing section, which is optional, and which I strongly encouraged her to do because she is a great writer. We looked through the samples in her book and talked about the skills she needs to demonstrate. I asked her to look at the ACT problems and do at least two math problem sets and a couple other subject sets if possible by next week. Over the winter break she will complete a full practice test."
"This was the student's second session. She is taking the ACT and needs a cumulative 22 to pass. For this session, we covered all sections of the ACT. She is strong in the English section and has little difficulty with timing or accuracy. She struggles some with reading, but mostly due to over analyzing a passage. She tends to look too deep into a question. She struggles some with time, but is usually able to completely finish a passage in 9 min. Science is going better for her. In this section time is her biggest issue. She struggles with analyzing graphs, but does better with tables. Math is the weakest section. We reviewed basic trig and geometry equations today (Pythagorean theorem, SOH/CAH/TOA, area/circumference of a circle, distance formula, midpoint equation, etc. ). Finally, we briefly discussed the Essay. She received a good grade on her previous ACT, and therefore should do fine with the essay on the next one."