Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was the first session with the student. Prior to our meeting, the student completed test 1 from his ACT practice book. English is his weakest point, and all questions that he missed were usage/mechanic questions. We worked through one English passage together talking through all the grammar rules, and he completed one passage by himself. He is also a little worried about the essay. While he says that he writes quickly, he has trouble coming up with his thesis and supports/counter argument quickly. We worked through the brainstorming process for 2 topics. Moving forward we will continue to cover a bunch of writing prompts to allow him to practice different approaches to the essay. For math we covered all the problems he missed on his test as well as a few problems from the next practice test. Overall we will just continue with a general math review. For extra practice he has 1-2 sections from each subject for next week."
"Today we covered several things. We began with the basics and just talked about the test as a whole, going over what sections were on it and the length and format of each section. After that we covered math, working out basic problems together without going far into any specific subject area (geometry, trig, etc.). Most of the two hours were spent doing that. In our remaining time, we worked on one or two reading passages, and one basic science passage. More than anything, this session was about familiarizing the student with the test."
"We covered the English, Math, Reading and Science practice sections of a ACT Guide. The student will not have issues with English. Her Math needs work: she needs to do lots of memorization about geometry and trigonometry before she can confidently do well on her own Math timed session. I walked her through the Science, and it seemed that over time, she felt overwhelmed by the information. Not a big deal. Familiarity cures all. She does need to keep in mind that stamina is important: Reading and Science are the last two sections that count, and if she runs out of steam, these two sections could be lower than normal. I can see that she has great Reading potential. Her Reading skills might be enough to score better than other people. Tonight, I will be sending my own ACT strategy guide that covers essential techniques to score better. I'm waiting to see how high she scores on her own timed sessions so that we can tackle her weaknesses. Keep up the good work!"