Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student tells me that he did almost all of the English sections in his test book, but he didn't show much improvement. I checked his answers for a pattern and found one: he doesn't like to pick the last 2 answer choices. He reads only the first 2 answers and then jumps on to the next question. If he can give every answer choice a fair chance, he can score much higher in the English. We covered Math sections up to the last one. We will finish the last Math section on Saturday, so he will have plenty of resources to look over. I went ahead and wrote detailed notes in his book. I can already tell that he has made more improvements in trigonometry and mental math. He is picking up to the pace! He simply needs to memorize the method."
"The student and I focused on the math section of the ACT. Her main issue was that she had forgotten a lot of trig, such as sine, cosine, and tangent, and geometry, such as volume. After we reviewed those topics though, she seemed to understand the questions much more easily. Next week we will focus on the science section."
"We did a good chunk of a diagnostic exam to assess gaps in knowledge. Student is very self-deprecating, so we will be working on positive self-talk in addition to math. A good bit of homework and drills have been assigned. We meet again Friday."
"Today the student and I spent all of our time reviewing math sections. Despite having been getting about 75% of the possible math points when we started meeting, she has progressed terrifically to getting all but one or two wrong/ skipped per section. I expect her math score at this point to be comparable to her scores in other sections. I assigned her some more math for our session tomorrow."
"In this session, we started with questions from the math part of a practice test the student had already done, with explanations of ones she missed. I then had her do some math and science under the same time constraints she would have on the test; then we went over the missed ones. Again, avoiding rushing would be good. Also, we discussed strategies for picking which science questions to do first, especially since science is the last part of the test and done when the test-taker is most "fried." I suggested that she do at least one of the practice tests "complete," as opposed to a practice strategy of doing 15 math questions a day----that is a way of practicing, but doing a set of the length and time of the real test should be done as well."
"For reading comprehension and analysis, the student completed a 40-minute practice ACT test in preparation for his test Saturday. He completed several language exercises online. He also practiced several vocabulary words and homonyms."
"The student worked on her assignment on writing patterns. Afterwards I explained her the proper structure of an email. I also explained her the ethical and emotional intelligence related aspects of an email."
"The student and I covered the math topics he had from school this week. Topics included solving for variables, solving for variables with fractional coefficients, and solving systems of equations. He seemed to understand everything."
"Today, we went over an introduction of the ACT English test, and we went through a handful of practice problems. I left the student with some material to review, as well as a practice test to do before the next session."
"Session Notes: -Reviewed writing essay section completed for homework. -The student should be sure to employ slightly higher vocab that she has been learning and include a historical or political example within the arguments - anything with more weight in an argument. -Completed a writing multiple choice question. -Remember to look for changing passive to active sentence structure. -Remember to look for parallel verbs and articles in sentence structure. -Completed Math section. -Discussed parabolic functions and solutions. -Discussed patterns and missing variables in the form of digits. -Discussed reducing and eliminating variables. Session Assignments: -Complete at least one full practice SAT before the exam on Saturday. -Continue studying vocab. -Review math sections that are sent via email."
"I talked about techniques with the student to help him answer his questions more efficiently. Today, we took a diagnosis in the verbal section."
"The student and I worked on a practice ACT test together this session. We did an hour of the English section and an hour of the reading section. She is doing very well. Her only downfall is occasionally forgetting to read instructions and occasionally misunderstanding the questions. We will continue to work on this in our next session."