Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we reviewed working with systems of equations and practiced flipping exponents and fractions. We also started to work on the rhetoric portion of the English section. Particularly, we talked about recognizing rhetoric questions and which strategies to use. We reviewed the new strategies for the Reading section that we discussed previously, and practiced a few English and Reading passages."
"Today, we looked at math, based on the student's diagnostic test. She needed a general geometry and percentage review, so we looked at basic formulae and how to apply them. She is very good at math."
"He did very well on Reading and English on the ACT. And there was still some room for improvement on Science and Math, so we studied those sections for his upcoming second test in March. We talked about ways to speed up on the Math questions. He will do Math practice on his own and time himself, making sure he doesn't spend more than a minute on each question and skipping steps when he can."
"Today, we did a timed reading section in full. She did great on accuracy and time! Then, we reviewed hard math problems, which she also did great on. Finally, we brainstormed a few ACT essays to make sure she's comfortable with generating lots of ideas under pressure."
"The student completed a Math and Reading section since our last meeting. Today we practiced finding efficient ways of eliminating answers on later questions. Before our next meeting, he will look through the second half of some old tests to practice identifying which questions to solve when low on time and which to eliminate and guess. For reading, we did some exercises to practice identifying main ideas while quickly skimming. We finished by introducing the science section. We discussed how the questions are formatted and how he can use the given information to identify where to look and what to look for. He'll complete a practice reading and science passage before our next meeting."
"The student received a score of 29 on a recent practice test. We reviewed the test, looking for places to improve her score. We discussed her reluctance to choose 'no change' as an answer on the English section. We spent most of the time reviewing math, as that is a section that causes difficulty for her. She plans to take the test at school the first week in March. She is hoping to get a 30. If she can do well on math she should be able to reach her goals."
"This tutoring session we went over ACT English rules: mainly subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecedent agreement, word usage, verb mood, verb tense, and some other stylistically related questions. The student did really well for the most part. I gave him some homework: 1 ACT English section timed and 1 ACT Math section timed. I want to see whether he makes any consistent mistakes so I can pinpoint his weaknesses."
"The student and I focused on the science section of the ACT section, working through practice questions and tests that were chart-heavy and required some mathematical calculations. His timing continues to be consistently solid."
"We went over a reading problem set very thoroughly and they showed improved comprehension as we reviewed the questions. I stressed the importance of determining specifically what the question is asking for and eliminating/choosing answers based on this. We also covered a couple of trig questions, which they did well on. As always, I would urge additional practice before the official exam."
"Today was our last session before the student's ACT at school on Tuesday. We covered some longer practice sections for the Math and Reading sections and went over more strategies to help him on test day. Now that he has sat the exam once, I am sure it will go well next week."
"Today's session went very well. We went over general strategies on each section, giving the student time to practice and make sure she understood each point. For homework, I assigned a full essay, due next Wednesday during our session. Looking forward to next week!"
"This session we focused on Science again because on the last full test she took as practice, she still struggled in Science. I encouraged her to read half of the passages as when she went back through them and read the information, she was able to immediately answer the questions. I told her ultimately it is up to her with her comfort level on the test as it follows reading but based on her reading scores, she would do well to read it and give herself a chance to answer each question quickly and correctly."