Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered different problems in the ACT practice book across the board. The student had received a 25 on a practice test in June but improved significantly in his most recent practice test, notching a 33. He did an excellent job, getting nearly every problem right, and doing so in quick order. He said the one thing he had problems with was shapes inscribed in other shapes. We spotted two such problems, and he got both of them right and was able to explain his reasoning, which was correct."
"The student and I focused on math and critical reading today. First we did a timed critical reading section from a practice test and reviewed the incorrect questions, including why answer choices were correct/incorrect. We then did a timed math section and reviewed the incorrect answers. We finished off with an untimed math section, doing the problems one question at a time to pay attention to the more difficult ones."
"The student and I continued reviewing critical reading passage-response questions. His ability to apply strategies and efficiently reach the correct answer is improving. We also went over vocabulary, focusing especially on roots, prefixes, and suffixes so that the student can effectively approach unknown words."
"In this session, we went over each section of the SAT to prepare the student for his SAT. He still has a tendency to rush through a problem, looking for the right answer instead of finding the best answer of the choices given. However, this tendency has certainly decreased over time, especially as I've seen him put more effort into the problems (particularly in the math section). The section he seemed to have the most difficulty with today was the grammar. Again, this was primarily because he was rushing. In almost all of the cases where his initial guess was incorrect, his second guess was correct. I suggest that he read the sentences completely in his head before he makes any decisions regarding what the correct answer is. He has been making some steady improvements in his work ethic with the SAT, and I'm sure these will pay off on the exam."
"The student wants a review in the SAT reading section. We focused today on reading comprehension and attacking passage questions. I explained strategies for a first reading, how to attack questions, how to eliminate wrong answers, the 4 types of passages, the 5 types of wrong answer choices, and the 5 types of critical reading questions. We then practiced all of the principles together with many practice problems. He felt it was very helpful. He wants to focus on sentence completion and paragraph errors tomorrow."
"The student completed a Math section of a practice test with 50% more time. We started going over the questions she missed, and she asked good questions to help refresh her skills. Next session, we will review trigonometry and logarithms, as well as finish going over today's Math problems."
"For this session, I had the student work on analogy questions and using a strategy of working backwards if there were vocabulary words he didn't know. Then, he did some geometry practice problems, and we reviewed the equations."
"Today, the student and I went through a bit of a practice test I had assigned him. We went through Reading and Writing, and some math, and he performed pretty well on them. I think he has the base material to do well on the test. The main way to improve SAT performance is timed practice. I assigned him another practice test to go through before our Sunday lesson."
"Reviewed ACT essay that the student wrote. Did several sets of English drills. Went over answers and explanations. Reviewed ACT Math, pre-algebra, and elementary algebra. Practiced drills. Assigned: practice test."
"We continued to review reading passages. The student particularly has trouble discerning the main idea of a passage and implied ideas, metaphors, etc. We will continue to work on identifying these things in the upcoming sessions. It would be helpful for her to continue practicing in her free time and review these things in different types of stories, etc., with someone."
"I worked with both students today. With Student 1, we worked on a wide variety of topics including, her vocabulary words, various word problems, area problems, and some probability problems. I also worked with Student 2 mostly on probability problems. They are both doing well, and I think they are retaining some of the material."
"Per the student's request, we began with the SAT Writing section, identifying sentence errors. We then worked on SAT Critical Reading, sentence completion questions. She is so smart, and has a good vocabulary. We focused on only looking at answers in sequence; that is, rule #1 in or out, then rule #2 in or out, etc. She knows more words than she thinks. I assigned her an online word game to play until our next session."