Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed his additional assessment exam practice test that I assigned last week. He correctly answered 10/12 questions. We reviewed the problems he missed or had a question about, which included understanding probability with spinners, calculating length from inches to feet, and identifying fractions with pictured ice cream bars. We then moved on to our lesson on number lines and telling time. I selected these topics since he had some difficulty with these concepts on the released assessment exam test we completed. We practiced completing number lines using missing whole number values and discussed the following concepts: directionality (i.e., increasing values from left to right, decreasing values from right to left), infinite starting points (i.e., number lines do not always have to start with 0/1), fractional values (i.e., fraction bars can be drawn on top of number lines), and mixed numbers (i.e., typically lie between whole numbers). He seemed to understand the extensions of this part of the lesson, so we moved on to reviewing how to tell time using clocks. We reviewed how to correctly draw clock times and how to determine the correct hour between numbers (i.e., if the hour hand is between 2 and 3, then the time will be two something). He also was able to use process of elimination to determine the incorrect answer choices by writing their clock times also. Towards the end of the session, he worked on some challenge test prep problems since we had some time remaining. I assigned him homework covering ordering whole numbers on number lines and word problems with elapsed time. He was very engaged and asked questions throughout the session."
"Today was my last session with the student, since she takes the ACT tomorrow. We studied for 2 and a half hours instead of our usual two. She says she is more confident in the Reading section of the test, but still wanted additional help with the Science portion. We briefly identified some of her strengths and challenges in the Reading section: she almost always answers correctly those questions which ask her to identify answers that are NOT present in the text, or a point that the author is NOT making. Her weakest area involves overall analysis of general topics and messages. We determined that the most efficient way for her to answer her "easy" questions and still have time to focus on the more difficult ones is to go through the text a paragraph at a time answering only those questions that ask for attention to detail, and then rereading the text as a whole and answering the broader questions. We quickly went over some tips for a strong essay in the ACT Writing section, and also discussed her preparation for the test tomorrow morning, such as comfortable clothes to wear and a healthy breakfast. We spent the bulk of our session today going over the Science section of the test. We went through two separate practice sets individually, determining that her strengths are in answering questions that deal with concrete numbers but she has more difficulty answering questions that need her to extrapolate or deduce information. I monitored her as she took a practice Science test under test conditions. I am confident that she has the intelligence and the tools to score well on the ACT tomorrow."
"The student did the 4 sections I assigned him and seems eager to improve. After looking over his errors, we once again saw him moving too quickly in his Writing section that led to a few incorrect answers. We will continue to work on his pace in future sessions. When I told him to slow down and follow the sentence structure in another section, he only missed a few difficult level ones. His reading has definitely improved and is his strongest section, although I feel that he could be more efficient if he broke the passage down further. We finished with some math problems, and he did very well in his logic. When I gave him the concept, he immediately answered the question, so the goal is to keep him doing math problems so that he is exposed to the many types of math problems he might face. I assigned him some reading and math sections to do for more practice, with emphasis in breaking down the passages in the critical reading section. He knows the sections that are affecting him the most, and I feel that with continued focus and practice he can improve to where he wants to be."