Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the origin, purpose, and usefulness of the GED exam and we spent most of the first session in conversation learning why Nick wanted to take the GED, why he has chosen to pursue motocross racing as his profession, any difficulties he encountered as a younger student with his tutors, how to think about any negative comments from the people in his life about his taking the GED or any difficulties he may encounter in the learning process to avoid frustration and embarrassment or other self-defeating beliefs, what the various subjects covered on the GED are actually useful for. Finally, I asked him to go through the math and science sections of a practice exam I printed out for him and circle all the questions that dealt with material he had never seen before or couldn't remember as ever having seen them so that I can determine his current proficiency levels."
"The student and I went over parts of the Reading section of an ACT test that he had taken and discussed what he missed, why, and strategies for the future. We went over strategies for the Science portion of the ACT."
"We looked over reading comprehension and sentence completion and I had him do practice problems in the section. He improved as the class went on and did better than he had on the SAT from May. Homework is the first practice test -- taken in a test-taking environment -- and critical reading practice questions. Make sure to come to me with any questions or concerns about difficulties with the section."
"In this session, we took two practice Science sections. The student's scores were about the same as his previous Science ACT score. For extra practice, I assigned a practice Math section, to see if the start of the school year has refreshed some Math knowledge."
"Together we practiced the ACT Science and ACT Math sections. We also talked about test taking strategies. If given enough time I believe the student could get every single question correct on the ACT but he needs to work on managing time. We went through a couple practice ACT Science and ACT Math tests practicing test taking strategies."
"Today we focused on the math section, reviewing a practice test that he had completed before our session. We discussed trig problems and problems involving percent change among other topics as well as the strategy of plugging in values for variables. No concerns to report. The plan is for the student to continue to work from the guide book for extra practice. He reports struggling most with the high-level difficulty math questions and the usage and mechanics question in the English test, so we will focus on those areas."
"We first went over the English section in the ACT study book's practice test 3. She got a 28 and understands all of her mistakes. Next we went over the math section. Within time, she finished the first 38 problems but only got 3 wrong. We then finished the section before reviewing reading. For reading, she did very well on the questions she finished within time. For her homework, she should finish the reading section and then the science section. She should also do the English section from practice test 2. We are meeting again on Wednesday at 3:30."
"The student continued her focus on the Critical Reading and some of the Writing MC sections of the SAT. We went through and reviewed several difficult practice questions from multiple practice sessions that she struggled with. We also continued out vocabulary and context clue reading exercises."
"The student and I studied both the Reading section of the ACT and the Science. We also talked general test taking strategies for success. He scored very well on the reading test and seems very sharp, yet has problems focusing for long period of time. I think his weakest area is the mental endurance required for test day. I am going to assign him homework to help him improve this skill over the next few weeks."
"Today the student and I focused mostly on essay-writing. We spent the first part of the session outlining an essay and discussing the major points, and then later she wrote an essay using a different prompt. The essay that she wrote was one of the best that I've seen from her -- it was focused, organized, and used good examples. I would like for the student to be less intimidated by the essays, because she does just fine. We also reviewed a science section, where she showed a three or four point improvement! We ended the session with some math practice. Next session we will review essays, math, and science sections as needed. Her homework is to write an essay and to do the last reading section."
"We studied SAT Math doing a variety of problems. Geometry, functions, distance, physics, end behavior. Student is very bright and excels at math. Some of the problems were very hard. We also spent 30 min covering E/M Bio. The exam is very hard, covering a wide range of topics, many of which are not covered in HS. I lectured a bit on cellular energy and development."
"Today the student and I went over a practice test I had him do for today. He had done both math sections and the synonym section of the verbal. I've asked him to finish the rest of the test (analogies and reading) for Sunday. First we tackled his essay, which was very good, with excellent structure and good clear writing. He needs to include an intro and vary his word choice, but other than that, we do not have to worry about writing the essay. Then, we went over both math sections. His second math section was amazing. He didn't get any wrong and only omitted five. I'm confident that he will do excellent on his math sections. We'll go over the rest of his test Sunday."