Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, we reviewed all of the student's completed extra practice work from the previous session and focused on Math, Reading, and English. For Math, she and I worked through 10 problems. We reviewed distance and midpoint formulas, circle equations (circumference, area, coordinate plane formula), and shortcuts for perimeter/area of irregular shapes. She generally remembers these equations and strategies after we review them. She has seen the material before, but it may have been a year or two since she has been required to apply it. English this session was a brief review. We worked through 2 passages talking about punctuation rules and different types of questions to be on the look out for. I feel that the Reading section this week is where there was a bit of a breakthrough. She generally struggles with the timing in this section and often only gets through 5-6 or the 10 questions under time (8.5min). After working through one passage, we talked about where she felt she slowed down or got hung up. She has trouble allowing herself to skip questions that are taking too long to answer. Working through a new passage, I allowed her at maximum 30 seconds per questions and told her to move to the next question if she hadn't completed a specific question in that time. Using this method she was able to see how she could be through all 10 questions (answering 8-9 questions with about 90% accuracy). I think it was a bit of a revelation to see that she didn't need to be perfect or answer everything to do well on a passage. She has 1-2 science passages, 2 reading passages, 1 English passage, and 8 math problems for extra practice this week."
"The student and I had a very productive session today. She has midterms this week, so she is quite busy, but she was still engaged and positive during the whole session. We worked through an entire SAT writing prompt, learning how to brainstorm, outline, and structure a solid five-paragraph essay. Her writing is improving every week and I am excited to see her results on the next test."
"We began today with a practice Reading test. We timed it, and although she went barely over, it was not enough to warrant concern or a change in strategy. She'll just have to move slightly more quickly on the test. I will grade it this week. After that, we spent the rest of the hour working out problems from the original practice ACT she had done several months ago."