Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After performing well in the unit assessment for English, the student felt ready to begin our comprehensive survey of the Reading section. We began by discussing the different question types and what the ACT expects in terms of reading comprehension, then practiced using short paragraphs and direct questioning. She was able to demonstrate essential reading comprehension for each, so we moved on to long passages, practicing specific skills tested by the ACT (locating significant details, understanding cause-effect relationships, deriving vocabulary from context, making inferences/generalizations, and identifying author's voice/purpose). She has traditionally approached Reading passages by skimming first, but she felt good about the results of trying a strategy of pre-reading question stems, so we kept that approach in place during guided practice. The student was able to accurately answer all questions in two sample sections, as well as indicate the specific text to justify her answers. Good work."
"In this session, the student and I began by looking at more word roots and their derivations. Following this, we talked about the nonfiction passage that she read for this session. She understood the main idea of the passage, and did a good job interpreting most specific sections and phrases. We looked at unfamiliar words to try to understand their meaning. I encouraged her to not only rely on word roots, but also think about the context in which a word appears when interpreting it. We also looked at two poems. She did a very good job finding the extended metaphor in the first poem we looked at, and was able to cite specific lines from the poem to support her interpretation. She had more trouble interpreting the second, more difficult poem by herself, so we talked through the poem line by line to visualize what was happening in it. We also talked about the secondary meanings of certain words that she knew already and how these meanings were used in a poem or passage. In the last part of the session, she and I talked through a fictional passage. Overall, she did well in inferring information about characters' feelings and their relationships. For our next session, she will read another longer passage and complete three passages of reading-based questions in her packet."
"The student and I spent this last session reviewing the concepts behind the writing section. We poured over one section of a practice test and had him identify the various grammatical errors in each question in order for him to learn the recurrent error patterns tested on the exam in various contexts. We discussed how parallelism, dangling modifiers, wrong conjunction use, subject-verb agreement, wrong preposition use, and pronoun usage errors were the most common errors to be tested. We first covered these a while ago, so I made sure they were well-known to him during this session (which is why we spent the entirety of the session on this material). In order to practice for Saturday, I also provided him access to several math practice exams. All in all, he is bright and capable. If he goes in remembering all we covered, he should be looking at a score between the 1800-2000 range (hopefully the higher end of that). He is the type of person who can easily break 2000 with practice, and so if it does not happen this go around, if he keeps working at it, he should be able to do so by the fall."