Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student has a test over Huck Finn on Thursday and Friday, we began by reviewing any questions she had over the book, and talked a little bit about the time period. We then moved onto a "Laws of Life" personal essay that her teacher had assigned her, and worked on polishing that up. It was an outstanding essay, and needed almost no reorganizing or grammatical corrections! Finally, since she had expressed an interest in taking the ACT over the SAT, I asked her to complete 15 questions from an ACT study guide English section. I was able to give her a few tips, and we both agreed that she could use some small grammar lessons over lesser-used punctuation, such as dashes and apostrophes. It was a very good session!"
"The student and I worked on summarizing difficult passages in his own words. We used the chunking strategy to break down dense texts. We also reviewed the test taking strategies for the SAT reading section. We worked on more advanced passages today and the student was able to summarize and answer the questions. He said the advanced material was good practice and the session was helping him with the types of questions he sees on the SAT."
"We worked on some practice reading materials. The student is scoring at about 75% on practice tests taken at home. During our session, he was scoring about 80% on practice exams. His reasoning abilities are top-notch. I sent him home with an SAT manual, which has a much-abridged root words section that should be more manageable than other materials. He will definitely be quizzed on the material during our next meeting."