"In the first part of this session, after the first student and I talked about her experience so far preparing for the ACT, we began by working on the ACT's English section. I talked about how I would work through the English section, and we went over two English passages. We worked on recognizing complete and incomplete sentences, using punctuation correctly, thinking about how to use transitions, and answering questions about idiomatic expression and redundancy. On questions about grammar, she often had a sense of which answer might be right, or which answers she could eliminate, but found it hard to explain her reasoning. We talked about grammatical rules and about identifying the verb, subject, and object in a sentence. In answering questions involving correcting redundancy, she can think about which answer restates a phrase in the most simple way, while keeping its meaning the same. In questions about transitions and improving writing style, she should remember to not only focus on the grammar of a sentence, but on how it fits in logically with its context as well.
In the second part of the session, the other student and I worked on questions from the math section of the ACT. We practiced setting up proportions, understanding word problems, and solving and simplifying expressions. She did a good job in evaluating simple algebraic expressions and in seeing how an expression matched up to a word problem, but she sometimes had more trouble figuring out the right strategy to use in solving a word problem and in simplifying and evaluating more complex expressions. We practiced drawing diagrams to better visualize word problems and looking at the last sentence of a word problem to figure the ultimate goal. For a few problems, we talked about how she could solve the problem in more than one way. I noticed that she sometimes had trouble following the order of operations in evaluating expressions, so we also practiced some problems on this. I recommended that the students continue to practice their algebra and grammar skills."