Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over vocabulary, essay writing skills, the student's math homework, and the pacing plan going forwards. VOCABULARY - He has continued to increase vocabulary by 3-7 words per day. While being quizzed on the words he acquired over the last week, he was able to define and make sentences for about 2/3 of them. Between now and the next session in 2 days, he will not learn any new words but will continue reviewing all the words he has already learned. ESSAY - We went over outlining skills and did some exercises together on that. We looked at examples of graded essays out of the test prep book and discussed their merits. He says that the essay is one of his strengths, and we will continue brainstorming on multiple prompts to help him be prepared for whatever may come. For homework, he is going to write two SAT essays (one as part of a complete SAT). MATH - He completed math problems for homework and had gone over his answers with the test prep explanations. Out of these, he highlighted a handful to go over together, which we did until we reached clarity on the concepts. PACING PLAN - We discussed what the next few weeks would look like. We agreed that it would be best to do a few complete practice tests a week. HOMEWORK - He will complete 1) Writing Skills Questions; 2) his own response to the Thomas Paine quote essay we looked at; 3) review vocabulary; and 4) complete an entire practice SAT test, Test #1 from the test prep book. Our next session is Sunday 3:30-6pm."
"We covered commas, colons, semicolons, dashes and parentheses. Specifically, usage and tips on how to answer tricky ACT problems about them. I gave the student several handouts with what we went over today and he can use them as review this week as he does the practice problems. I handed him my own printed out sheets of our lesson from today and plan on doing that pretty much every week. I also provided my own practice problems and a copy of a practice test. For homework I left him with some practice problems and a practice test."
"He was clearly committed and focused on improving and went into his work with a great attitude! He took a full practice ACT Reading section, and I observed his strategies and timed how long it took him to both read and answer the questions for each passage. We then discussed his preferences for certain genres and how he can use that to his advantage to strategically plan the order in which he takes the test. We also developed and practiced some strategies such as eliminating incorrect answer choices, underlining key words in the questions, and answering vocabulary and line numbered questions for passages he doesn't get to read fully because of limited time. He missed very few questions in the Natural Science, Social Science, and Fiction passages. I am confident with more practice and self reflection about which strategies maximize his potential, he will continue to improve! At our next session we will be reviewing some answers from this session and practice tackling an entire Reading test again using the strategies we came up with together today."