Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on math today and a bit of writing. We mainly focused on the basics of Algebra 1. We worked through exponents, fractions, multiplying and dividing fractions, isolating variables and simplifying algebraic equations. The student was struggling with solving single variable algebraic equations and simplifying equations. So I assigned him to read through and mark difficult concepts in ch 16 in the study guide (algebra and function review). We will review the topics he has difficulty with in that chapter in our next session. We talked about how we really need to establish a stronger foundation for him before working through harder SAT problems. In the remaining time, we worked through writing problems and reviewed grammar rules."
"Continued our post-test review by practicing the English section, which was slightly below the student's projected performance. Used guided practice with gradually less support to scaffold her ability to first identify the grammar rule/ rhetorical element in question, formulate an answer based on prior knowledge, and reliably eliminate incorrect answers. Implemented a timed prep, on which she paced herself very well. Her work both with me and on her own indicates that the rhetoric/ editorial questions are much more problematic than simple grammar rules, which she internalizes very well. I definitely want to work with the English section more before the test, so that she can be as familiar as possible with these types of questions and what the ACT is looking for in terms of proper composition (which should further support the reading and writing sections as well)."
"The student and I went over the practice essays that I had previously assigned, including one which I had asked her to write twice with a margin of a few days in between. We read through each essay together and analyzed it piece-by-piece, discussing what her writing and thinking process had been. We looked over both versions of the twice-written essay and compared them with the aim of identifying what improved and how those improvements might influence her writing technique going forward. Using practice prompts, we brainstormed possible arguments, examples, and essay structures in order to develop her ability to put together an effective essay in a test environment. Her writing has improved noticeably since our first session and she appears to be getting more confident and calm. I assigned her some more essays to do before our next session."