Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student 1 and Student 2 both took a full practice test in preparation for this session. Student 1's test was a success: he scored a composite 30. I went over each section of the test with both students and noted many English tips and math problem-solving strategies. We also discussed the Reading and Science passages and noted where support for all the answers was found. We noted that in Reading, when there is not enough time to read a passage fully, proper skimming can give you a good sense of what the passage is about without having to worry about details -- particularly, since one will have to go back to the passage to look up the detail questions anyway. For homework, I assigned both students two full sections from another practice test in an ACT study guide."
"We focused on fundamentals this session (i.e. basic operations, rounding, estimation and number lines). I recommended that she pick up multiplication flash cards and practice. I also left her with some word problems to practice with."
"The student was only concerned about math, so we covered her timed exam and finished up another math section. My only advice left is to study the math notes that we already did. That would make things easier. Also, go with your first answer choice unless you absolutely know that it's wrong. But before that, make sure to give every answer choice a fair chance in all sections. Good luck this Saturday!"
"We began some reading multiple choice practice, mainly working on how to justify answers with the text. We spent the rest of the time going over various issues of grammar and mechanics. We reviewed sentence structure, usage of commas, semicolons and colons, modifiers, subject-verb agreement, and pronoun-antecedent agreement."
"The student and I reviewed ACT math primarily. She performed well in many of the exercises. I believe, with sufficient exposure, she will significantly improve her score as she becomes familiar with the conceptual topography of the math section. We will focus in other areas during our next session on Friday."
"Today, we started with a general overview of the ACT, with an emphasis on time management. We talked about ways to structure his time so that the student can be sure to not run out on each section. We did three mini-quizzes in English, and I left him with some homework in English for Saturday."
"Today, we went over the essay and intro the student had written the day before. Her writing was very good, with few mistakes. I showed her a few places that she could elevate her vocabulary. We then continued with more practice with reading/writing/math questions. I also went over general advice for the day of the test."
"The student is taking the SAT this weekend, and she is now prepared. In the past three weeks, she has taken three practice tests and improved in the writing and the reading sections. In addition, her essay writing has come a long way. She and I reviewed her incorrect answers in both sections and then went over some grammatical concepts in order to prepare her to improve her score to the highest it can be. She's learned to analyze passages and identify themes, as well as expand her already illustrious vocabulary. In terms of the essay, she has refined her skills and added clarity as well as specificity. Her stories are more personal and streamlined, and she is checking all the boxes on things like length, theme, and stance. She is well-prepared for the SAT this weekend."
"The student and I worked on the math and reading portion of the SAT, specifically, test taking tactics. She did extremely well when using the tactics learned during our first session. We will have one final session on Thursday."
"The student and I spent the session going through several sections of a practice test she had taken from the book she has. We went through the critical reading section. She continued to perform well on the critical reading sections- she had most of the questions she got wrong narrowed down to two answers. Between now and next session, she will do two 30-question practice tests for the critical reading and math sections to identify areas that we want to review in detail for our last two sessions."
"We had an intensive session regarding the essay. I also am advising that we begin ACT test prep soon."
"We covered percentages in math and did some reading comprehension practice. The student seemed to understand the math that we covered today well. We will go over some methods to improve his speed on this section."