Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a productive session yesterday. We started off with more solving for x equations, which he continues to become better at. We talked about being careful when simplifying equations versus expressions- equations have an equals sign and whatever you do to one side you have to do to the other. With expressions you just have to combine like terms. We talked about some exponent rules, and when you have a negative exponent you can make it positive by moving the whole term into the denominator. We tackled some tough geometry problems and talked about when finding the area of an irregular object, break the object up into pieces. We went over FOIL and the reverse of it, and how to get a line into y=ax+b form so we can easily figure out the slope and y-intercept. The student did a GREAT job on two tough reading sections. We talked about the value of taking a moment after reading the passage and before turning to the questions just to think about what the passage was about and the important points covered. He wrote a great introductory paragraph for a sample English writing prompt. He will complete an entire English session on his own time over the weekend prior to our session on Monday. Making good progress!"
"The student is very bright and did well on both his reading and science homework. We worked through English. Finally, we talked through an essay and worked to make sure he knows how to brainstorm under pressure."
"Today, in order to completely summarize his aptitude, I proctored three timed sections of the ACT for the student. He scored a 29 in English, a 31 in Reading, and a 30 in Science. We did not have enough time to go over the questions, but you can analyze his results all the same. He averages a 30 overall score when you include his Math score from last time. The student needs to watch out for the Reading because sometimes the scale can be worse: missing only 1 reading question can drop your score by one whole point. He has the ability to score at least 2 points higher on his English and Math. The main idea to take home is to practice often and ask your tutor if there are any questions. Next time, I plan on reviewing any of his timed test results and walking him through a more efficient thought process. He is close to getting a 31, which will give him at least a $1500 scholarship. His English and Math need to be both at least a 33 to make this happen. His Reading and Science would have to remain consistent."