Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This first session with the students was pretty successful in my opinion. I am currently tutoring both of them simultaneously; I've discussed this with their mom and she thinks we can do them together unless one progresses much faster than the other; we may then have to give them different assignments and go back and forth between them. They have never taken the ACT. We therefore had to do a big refresher on ACT basics. We discussed how it is different from the SAT, what the pacing and sections are like, and general test-taking tips. We then spent the majority of the session on English (grammar). We discussed the four C's: complete, consistent, clear, and concise, and did some practice problems in the prep book. We covered common pronoun errors, adjectives/adverbs, a little bit of punctuation, and verb tenses. They also did a practice passage in the prep book, where both scored fairly high. We finished the session by doing some math review. We reviewed basic arithmetic/algebra terminology (integer, rational vs. irrational numbers, factors/multiples), and did some exponents review. We also did a couple of word problems. For homework they will do about half a section of math and half a section of English. I think they both have a good shot at achieving their score goals if they put in the work outside of the tutoring sessions."
"We had an excellent session today. We covered 50 new vocabulary words and reading passage strategies. Science sections were reviewed. For Math, midpoint and distance formulas, slope, y-intercept, and right triangle proportions were covered."
"Today the student and I went through a lot of the reading section. I explained some test taking strategies with different types of questions. I encouraged him to find specific lines, clauses, and words that supported each of his selected answers in the text. When answering questions that asked him to imply or infer something, I showed him how to use the context of paragraphs to help him understand the argument and select the best answer. We used two passages to practice these concepts and then I gave him a third to attempt on his own as a timed exercise. He didn't finish, but seemed to be understanding the concepts well. So, like his sister, I think our big focus will be the pacing. I gave him some hints on how to synthesize the information for himself, but all those things take practice. We ended the session by going over some basic English rules that would show up a lot on the test, e.g. plural v. possessive, word choice, etc. Great session over all!"