Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the ACT English section, so we talked about basic grammar such as sentence construction, clauses, punctuation, and verb agreement. The student is getting better at intuiting answers. I am leaving him with practice on pronouns, verbs, and clauses. Strategies included avoiding the "sounds good" method and reading the answers for what the question was asking about. I saw the student's diagnostic for the English section."
"The student and I reviewed the two writing sections that I assigned for him in our last tutoring session. We then did some practice critical reading sections together. He is showing improvement in critical reading, and writing as well but he still needs to put in more work. I told him to take an online vocab quiz every day to try to improve his vocab selection."
"Yesterday, the student produced a new ISEE workbook to study from. He completed several verbal reasoning and quantitative reasoning pages already. So I reviewed his answers, and we discussed the ones he answered incorrectly. He answered about 75% of the synonyms correctly, 84% of the sentence completions correctly, and 94% of the math correctly. I showed him the Greek or Latin roots or prefixes that could help him decode words better. Then, we read through the first column of "words to know." I asked him to place a check mark by words he absolutely knew, a 1/2 next to words he maybe knew, and a question mark next to words he didn't know at all. He absolutely knew about half the words and a quarter each of the maybe and unknown words. We went through and defined the maybe and unknown words. Today, he tested on synonyms and then sentence completion. He was unsure of some of the words listed. However, he used his knowledge of Greek and Latin roots and process of elimination to answer correctly. Next, he completed two sentence completion drills with proficiency. Then, we focused on the quantitative reasoning questions. He also completed these with proficiency. Lastly, he worked on timed writing with the prompt "If you could change one thing in your school, what would it be? Why?" He wanted to monitor the timing of his writing, so he used the guide I gave him to spread out prewriting, writing, revising, and editing. He completed the whole process with 7 minutes left. His structure has improved, though the voice of his essays has suffered a bit as a result. I discussed the importance of voice in addition to his excellent use of transitions. We will continue working on essays."