Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the science and English practice passages. She struggled a bit with timing on the science section, but felt that close reading helped her understand the passages better and answer questions more accurately. We practiced doing science passages under timed conditions, giving limits like 4 or 5 minutes per passage. She will practice taking science passages under high time constraints and do other passages leisurely, working for understanding and accuracy. Our goal is for these techniques to blend, helping her answer questions correctly but also move through passages more quickly. We went over the writing section. She needs to continue to read the underlined portion, as well as the parts of the sentence preceding and following this portion. She should read carefully and annotate the questions. We then went through a reading passage. I encouraged her to find direct textual evidence for all of her answer choices. She will do a practice math and reading passage before our session tomorrow. We will go over these and do a math concept review tomorrow."
"My main goal for the student was to go through some math concepts broken down in her review book and get some practice problems in. We spent most of the session doing this together. We went concept by concept, talking about main points, formulas, and tips, and then I had her answer practice problems at the end of each section. We cleared up more questions she had about how math problems are phrased, how to take short cuts, and how to remember certain procedures. For next week I asked her to continue with going through these concepts and doing problems, and then to supplement with some problems online, specifically factoring and quadratic a, geometry and triangles, and word problems. She will also complete the English section of practice test 2 in the prep book."
"The student and I had a good session yesterday. He isn't feeling anxious for his exam next weekend, and wants to continue doing what we've been doing. Lately we've been spending about a third to half of each session on math, and the remainder usually split between the other 3 sections, sometimes emphasizing one more than the other then making up the difference next session. Yesterday, we started with science, where the big take-away was to look for patterns in the graphs! This comes in very handy answering questions. Another note was that the figures often reiterate what's written in the passage, so it's very important to really understand what each figure is saying. We then moved on to reading, where there were two main notes. One, to underline important words or phrases (along with writing notes when necessary) while reading; two, to look for easy and quick questions to answer when running out of time. Don't get wrapped up for a long time with one question in a passage, when there are probably 2-3 questions that will only take a few seconds to answer. Every right answer gives you the same amount of points so keep an eye out for those that can be answered with little effort! We ended with math, and I asked him to again take the lead in solving some ACT-math problems. He demonstrates a good instinct for how to solve problems, he just needs to stay confident and read carefully to avoid making minor errors. One more session left- we'll review a little bit of everything and then it's go time!"