Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was possibly our final session before the student takes the ACT for the first time. We spent time on math -- I was able to give her crash courses on pre-calc topics (unit circle, logarithms, circle formula). For the most part she is doing well in math. We also covered the science section, which is still new to her, but she is grasping the strategies."
"It has been about three weeks since our last session, so we were mainly catching up today since the student is taking the ACT in two weeks. She completed a timed science section and missed 6 questions. They were missed because of small details in the questions that she did not notice when completing the test on her own, but quickly picked up on when we discussed the question. We started a math section next."
"Today, we went over a practice examination. The scores show two stories. He is understanding a greater portion of the story, and he is doing extremely well in reading comprehension. However, he is overthinking the grammar and is jumping to conclusions on vocabulary, which will essentially just take daily repetition."
"This was our last session together as the student will be taking the ACT again in two weeks. He has done a great job improving his scores, is making fewer mistakes, and seems more confident than ever. We focused on a math section in order to review any final material that he may not be sure of. He scored well on it and after reviewing his mistakes and talking about some of the material he seemed very confident."
"Began work on Science section, specifically graph and table reading. Also reviewed relating concepts from different figures. The student has trouble with comparing different figures and extrapolating, but showed improvement throughout the day and will improve much more over time."
"We reviewed a number of important grammatical issues that are tested on the SAT: sentence structure, subject and object, pronoun-antecedent agreement, the relationships between clauses, conjunctions, colons, commas, semicolons, possession, and comparison."
"Student 1 did well on the actual test, but is struggling a bit to consistently answer questions correctly due to reading errors or not solving the problem being asked. We will continue to work on these issues. I would also like him to complete the English and Reading homework that I previously assigned. Student 2 is doing remarkably well in the math review packets. She also did exceptionally well in the Science packet that I had assigned. I would like to assign her a full practice test soon."
"Per the student's request, we spent the first hour on SAT Math, covering decimals and percentages. Then, we moved on to Algebra, focusing on the distributive property. We devoted the second hour to the SAT Writing section, covering Improving Paragraphs and Improving Sentences. She is one of very few people to fully understand comma and semicolon use. With practice, she has been able to see the errors and correct them with ease. The questions that she answered incorrectly were due to self-doubt. We worked on sticking with the rules and trusting our instinct, and we were able to see a marked improvement within our time together. Because we are meeting again tomorrow night, I only assigned her some word games on the online dictionary website. She has been using them and having fun while she learns."
"We talked about our long-term plan leading up to the student's test and some general testing strategies. We then spent half of the remaining time starting to review critical reading concepts and the other half reviewing math concepts. I assigned him a number of concepts in all three SAT sections to review on his own for next week using the online resources. He was focused for the whole session and has a very solid grasp of mathematical concepts. We will prioritize the reading and writing sections while brushing up on as much of the math as we can."
"Today, we worked on ACT Reading. We discussed general strategies for the ACT Reading section, such as how to eliminate typical false answers and how to identify "hinge" words such as therefore, consequently, in conclusion, etc., that can signal key concepts. The student's main challenge at this point is the pacing. We will continue to work on pacing for the Reading section. I have left him with ACT Reading Test 2 and 3 from the test prep book. We also very briefly touched on punctuation rules."
"At this session, we began with our usual routine of math problems. The student is much better with word problems and geometry than when we started. I'm very happy with her progress. For the next few sessions, my plan is to turn away from math a bit and look at grammar and vocabulary. This close to the test date, most of our work is going to be based around refining her skills to maximize points."
"Today, the student and I spent time doing English and math, as we've done before. She was able to guess a few answers that would've gotten past her in previous sessions, so I feel like progress is happening. I'll look into the online tools and be sure to get that set up so she'll have a chance to practice during the week as the test nears. I will be focusing on grammar and math review moving forward, as I think those two topics will most improve her scores."