Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session with the student was very productive. We began by going over the English test he did for homework. He had streaks of several correct answers and seems to be understanding the concepts a lot better. We discussed the "concise" technique involving answer choices which all say essentially the same thing; Choose the shortest one. We also discussed the differences between adjectives and pronouns, how to identify commas that set off unnecessary information, and a little bit of rhetorical skills such as finding the order of sentences in a paragraph. After English we continued our discussion of essay writing. We noted that the longer ACT essays tend to get higher scores because their examples are detailed. We went over the dress code prompts and another prompt about schools blocking internet sites, and he brainstormed examples he could use for each one. I assigned him to write an essay for homework. Finally we worked on math. We went over terminology (such as integers, factors/multiples, rational/irrational numbers) and then went over the plug-in concept for difficult algebra word problems from the prep book. I also assigned him a math drill for homework."
"The student is taking the March ACT. She is also currently taking an ACT class through her school. She is most concerned with the Reading and English sections. For Reading, she worked through one of each passage during our session. She does pretty well pacing herself through the passage, and is working with understanding the reading passages themselves. We talked about different strategies for particular passages. This includes identifying characters, their roles/relationship, the authors voice/perspective, and the type of writing. For both passages that she completed, she did well with the questions after we discussed the content of the passage paragraph by paragraph. We then talked about essay structure and prompt content. She then outlined with some prompting a essay for a given prompt. For English, she worked through an English passage. She did well overall on the grammar based questions. We also reviewed punctuation (colon, semicolon, etc.). She has a couple of passages for extra practice to work through if she has time during the week. Her extra practice will be dependent on how much homework she receives from her school ACT class."
"The student and I wrote a short book about orcas today. She provided the topic, the information, and the wording, and did all of the illustrating; I helped write the actual words. The student was very proud of her creation and was anxious to share it with her classmate and her parents. I hope that creative activities like this will help the student develop a deeper interest in reading!"