Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued our walk-through of the admissions test by finishing up with Science and turning to the Reading section of the test. He had some difficulty with the first passage and its corresponding questions, but I would like to see how he fares on his own. I have assigned him two additional reading passages for homework, which we will review and correct at our next session."
"For this session, we went through all different types of humanities questions in the reading section. We went through all different types of questions as well as discussed general strategies for the reading test, such as looking in the introduction and conclusion in order to find the main theme of the paper, or how to mark the passage while reading."
"We worked through some Math problems in real time. We mainly reviewed some concepts involving trigonometry and looked at some strategies along the way, like inserting concrete examples for cases using theoretical ideas, using process of elimination, and drawing out diagrams and finding the useful information there within. Next session we will go over a full Math test."
"Today, I prepared a PPT presentation on SAT Critical Reading Sentence Completion. We worked through some basic steps to take in approaching these questions. We then completed examples and discussed the meta-cognition to get the correct answer. Following this activity, we worked through other types of completion questions and how to identify key words that connect to the word bank. The student then completed a timed practice of 15 questions. He was trying to get his time to 10 minutes for these questions. We then reviewed his correct and incorrect responses."
"The session went very well. The student and I went over primarily mathematics and reading, working on 25 problems for each. He has demonstrated a consistent understanding of all the concepts presented, so I assigned him one full practice test to be completed by next session."
"We went over problems the student had done on her own at home. She is very strong with grammar and equally strong with critical reading and math. She doesn't struggle with concepts, mostly just with trusting herself and remembering that the questions are, in fact, solvable. We spent a good amount of time on how to write an essay. This is probably her most difficult area but she gets the gist of it really quickly. We worked on how to make thesis and topic sentences arguments instead of opinions."
"We went over critical reading and writing, mainly focusing on reading. His writing has seen a good improvement, and he recognizes his mistakes pretty well and can make even more progress. We didn't work on math because he had already shown the most progress there and is naturally better in that section. He will be retaking the test so I want to help him get in a good study mode for all the sections so he can improve on his own time if he chooses to continue tutoring or not."
"Today was our first session! The student and I discussed her raw scores from the diagnostics. We then began by reviewing all of the pertinent math formulas she will need to know for the ACT. We also touched on some tips and techniques for her to help improve her math score. We then worked on some math problems together from an actual ACT exam. She wants to get at least a 25 on the ACT. While math is her greatest weakness on the test, she evenly scores in the other sections. I have assigned work for her between now and our next session. This includes reviewing the list of formulas 2-3 times, completing math practice sets to be assigned, and reading from her English textbook at least one random excerpt per day (to help with her attention span for the reading section). I have also asked that she get a copy of the ACT book so that she may have several practice tests at her fingertips for future assignments."
"The student and I had a productive session where we working on all three sections of the SAT. Because he takes the test this coming Saturday, our focus was on more general review of methods of approach and question types. He is strongest on the writing section, and although he does well on the other sections, he is more inconsistent on them. However, there is no question that he has improved by leaps and bounds over where he was when we started."
"The student and I worked through the questions she missed on her practice ACT. She did very well and often times was able to independently think her way through to the answer. I am confident we can elevate her score to at least the high twenties and possibly low thirties. I have asked her to get an ACT guide test book for next week's session."
"We started today with critical reading, passage based questions. She mentioned that she feels she often picks the second best answer. We talked about how to use the lines mentioned in the question to direct us toward the answer and then combine that info with what we know about the passage in general. On math, we went over some numerical/operational rules. We talked about least common multiples, common factors, and prime factorization. The student does a good job with algebra and calculations, but questions relying on definitions are still a bit new to her. For the writing section, we covered correction and error detection problems. She does very well with these types of problems. Occasionally, she makes a decision before reading every choice in the error ID questions. We talked about how important it is to read all of the choices because some "errors" are just awkward; occasionally there will be an obvious error further along in the sentence."
"This was the student's final session before he takes the SATs. He wanted to focus on grammar, so we spent the majority of this session working through several grammar practice tests together. Grammar review from the previous sessions has clearly paid off as he was able to pick up on certain patterns which he had missed previously."