Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She took a full-length timed practice test in preparation for our session today. Her scores in Math and science remain strong (34 and 30 respectively), and her reading score increased to 31. English remains her most difficult section, and she scored a 22. We began by going over the English section. Her errors fell into two primary categories: comma usage and sentence/paragraph improvement. We reviewed the comma rules and discussed a few additional comma uses, including placing commas before the word "which."ù For sentence improvement, we discussed connecting words and what words are used in which contexts. We also went over paragraph flow. In reading, she was able to correct many of her own errors as we went through the passages. Her mistakes were sometimes from reading the question or passage too quickly. In math, we discussed special right triangles and the importance of memorizing the side lengths. The only other question she missed was probability. We discussed permutations, combinations, and when to use each skill. Next week, we will go over the science section and another practice exam."
"Today we went over the basics of the ACT including structure and content. We then started working on the English section. We identified our four major points of the English section- the Four C's (complete, consistent, clear, and concise). First we talked about verbs and common errors such as subject-verb agreement, as well as passive vs. active voice. We also reviewed verb tenses (simple tense, perfect tense) and went over irregular past participle verbs (something happened in the past, and still happens now). We then discussed pronouns-- what they are, the different cases of pronouns (subjective, objective, possessive), and pronoun agreement. We defined what a preposition is and what a prepositional phrase is. Finally, we discussed modifiers such as adjectives and adverbs. She did well today. She didn't have strong familiarity with the specific grammatical rules or terminology, but she was able to use her ear pretty well to identify if there was an error in the sentence or not. We will postpone the rest of our lessons until after the break. During this time, I will have her complete a full length diagnostic test from the Learning Tools as well as send her grammar review packets to work on."
"We covered the ACT reading section. We went over it, and I helped him focus his thinking and prioritize sections."