Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started this session by reviewing her practice ACT. She was very happy with the results, as her predicted composite score was a 31 (her goal is at least a 30). We talked about how the test went and what areas she felt most comfortable in and what she needed the most practice in. We spent the rest of the session discussing science passages, as this section was her lowest. We worked through several passages and practiced how she can draw out what she's reading as a way to make sense of the passages as she goes through them. I left her with seven passages that test skills she is still developing as homework."
"Began session with the students working through vocabulary again. In this session and the ones that followed, both students have spent a fair amount of time learning to use the dictionary to help them with words they may not know, whether as part of a definition of another word or simply something they might have read during the day but didn't understand. This is really helpful for them to see not only the immediate word, but recognize similar words surrounding it and parts of speech, practice alphabetizing, and in general promote greater independence in expanding their vocabularies."
"Today we hashed out more of the math areas that have been proving difficult. We strengthened the student's skills in trig problems and coordinate geometry, covered conic sections, revisiting permutations and combinations, as well as other varieties of counting problems, and touched briefly on some of the matrix work we had covered in the recent past. The permutations/ combinations stuff will need to be revisited, as it marks a particularly rough area of math, but it seems the student has not yet lost that knowledge from the SAT."
"We had an extensive introduction to the ACT, looking at each section, explaining the format of the test, and going through the basic tips for each section. Areas of strengths and weaknesses were established, and the student has a sound plan for her next two weeks: to do regular practice on Math and English, and more in-depth work on Reading, Science, and the Essay, with a full practice exam next weekend."
"The student wants to improve her SAT Math score from 640 to 700 or above, so we have decided to focus on the Math section during our sessions. We went over what she thinks her weak areas are (sequences, sets probability, algebra, numbers & operations, logic & data analysis) and started doing practice problems on sets, data analysis, and logic."
"During this session, the student wrote a practice essay and we discussed useful strategies to take her score over the edge. We the transitioned to the math section and worked on a variety of problems."
"The student and I had a very productive first session. We did about an hour of math, going over plugging-in strategies and fundamental concepts. Then we did about an hour of sentence completions, and he was definitely getting a hang of the method. The student and I will also work on vocabulary in our next sessions. I had him pick up a review book with 1,600 vocab words, and we had a very good talk about how he can effectively study vocab."
"The student and I reviewed some practice tests she did over the break. She and I will review the topics a bit more in future sessions."
"The student completed his final practice full college entrance test on Saturday, so we moved our session to Sunday. He did very well on the vast majority of the test. We talked about how adrenaline and "game day" focus will help him the day of the test, particularly if he uses breathing exercises and visualization to remain calm throughout the test. We set off to review the test and this was a good chance to also review his strategy for finding evidence in the passages, which he is now quite adept at. The writing section was a chance for us to review writing rules that we have gone over before, particularly agreement of terms of comparison and agreement in pronoun and verb tense. I believe he knows all of the rules and his performance on Saturday will depend on his ability to have confidence in his own knowledge and accuracy. We also reviewed two math sections and his essay. Our last session before the test on Wednesday will feature a review of rules for math, writing, and critical reading and a significant period of time reviewing essay technique. I am confident in his and I believe he is more than capable of a score over 2000 on Saturday."
"We covered a sample set of college entrance exam math problems. The student and I will review word problems and we will discuss how to figure out what the first step is to solving math problems. I left her with practice sections for critical reading and math, as well as an additional math practice problem I created."
"During this session, we reviewed more arithmetic, especially fractions and powers. We also went over math homework from last time. I told him to review and check answers and explanations for old homework rather than assign new homework."
"We began with a short discussion of the SAT: what it tests, what it doesn't, its format, and how it will change. We then turned to a math practice section, reviewing several important subjects: rates, the representation of inequalities, ratios, medians, the analysis of data, the equation of a circle, graphing functions, and systems of equations. We talked about strategies for solving difficult and/or confusing questions step by step. The student came ready to learn. I assigned him some math and reading homework."