Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday, the student and I covered mathematics and reading, in addition to the science section. She's making steady progress; we learned the equation of a circle and several other formulas which will be instrumental in her improvement over the next few weeks."
"The student and I got started by reviewing her past ACT scores and discussing what aspects of the past tests caused her trouble. We also went over basic ACT prep and discussed the format and content of each of the four multiple-choice sections before looking more specifically at her recent practice math section and some skimming strategies for the reading section."
"Today the student and I went over the Reading, Writing, and Math portions of a practice test that she had taken. We discussed the questions that she missed and talked about ways to avoid those mistakes. She thought that reading the questions first helped her during the Reading section so she is going to try that again on the next practice test. In Math, she struggles the most with geometry, but a brush-up should help a lot. She will complete the practice test she started and may do the next Reading section for next time."
"We looked at the student's incorrect answers from his PSAT since that section was the weakest. We talked about different context clues for answering questions with a lot of new vocab. The last half we spent doing practice science passages and strategies for that section. He will do practice science sections and collect new vocab."
"Today we focused on the ACT Reading test and completed two practice passages. The student was very successful on the practice passages, prose and social science. We talked about referring back to the passage to look for specific details and support to her answers. We will focus on Science when we meet for another session on Thursday."
"Today I continued to help the student prepare for his ACT. We went through a section of math and about half a section of English. We went over each question and talked about what themes were appearing throughout the test. We checked the answers."
"We discussed the organization of the test and the concepts covered (e.g., English covers writing skills, and the math covers some more advanced topics such as trigonometry, logarithms, and matrices). He started with identifying complete vs incomplete ideas and learning the appropriate punctuation. Then we reviewed grammar rules before practicing several passages in the test guide. He did well with these, only getting caught on some more subtle uses of commas. We then reviewed through some general math topics (plane geometry, algebra) before he practiced a handful of problems in the test guide. I will send the student some additional practice for English and Math."
"The student and I reviewed the sections she completed for homework. For the science section, we focused on interpreting the graphs and using the information provided to answer questions. Then, she worked on the English section from her new prep book, and we reviewed her responses after each section. Then, she completed passages from the reading section; we discussed each passage afterward."
"The student and I covered questions in the math and science portions of the test. For math, we discussed questions relating to slope/intercept of linear equations, writing and simplifying algebraic expressions, number theory, word problems with algebra, solving systems of equations using substitution or elimination, calculating fractional parts of numbers, geometry (properties of triangles, area, perimeter), and probability. For science, we discussed questions that involved interpreting information from tables/charts, making predictions from data, and drawing conclusions from results. We also went over some general test taking strategies, such as eliminating incorrect answers and skimming the information given to answer the science questions. She seemed to have a good grasp on the concepts we reviewed. We will focus more on the reading/English sections in the next session after she has had some practice with example questions in the test prep book."
"We worked on ACT reading. She is able to figure out where the answers to questions. She improved on every section so the more practice the better."
"Worked on math and reading, and reviewed her essay assigned for this session. Her math is excellent, her reading made great strides during the session, and her essay was a good place to start. A very productive two hours."
"The student completed her math and reading sections, on which she scored an 11 and a 19. We worked on reading and science, and we did some English exercises with commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, parentheses, and dashes. I asked her to complete a science section and an essay for next time."