Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed ACT math through a set of practice problems. The student struggled a bit today and it is evident that we should focus some more time on math. She is improving, however, she just needs more practice with these math concepts. Once she is walked through the process, she is able to complete exercises successfully on her own. She needs to get to the point where she can recollect these concepts on her own. I've asked her to continue working on the assignments given to her, though she can take a break from reading passages to focus on her memorization and understanding of the math formulas. There were no other concerns from this session."
"I went over the general structure and style of ACT questions in each subject area of the test. I described example situations and strategies for excelling in each of the subjects, including Writing. We just started to discuss the English content when our time was up. Next time we will continue discussing the English section. The student seemed surprised at a lot of what I was saying, likely because of misconceptions based on other standardized tests. So I explained the key differences and similarities between the ACT and SAT. I am glad he took a couple of diagnostics, especially the ACT Science diagnostic. Based on the diagnostic, I think his goals of scoring around 30 are realistic! However, without a full ACT test diagnostic I can't be sure. In the coming weeks I encouraged him to seek out a full length, proctored ACT diagnostic test, and I will send him 3 short (~30 min) assignments a week to make steady progress."
"The student and I worked on the math section on practice exam two. He scored a 40/60, which translates to a score of 25. This is great progress from his test performance. At the moment, what's keeping him from breaking that 27-barrier are small mistakes. Of the twenty problems we covered to discover his error patterns, only three were the result of a lack of knowledge on how to solve the problem at hand. All the rest were the result of small errors in operations or a need to refocus the information. This is a case of practice makes perfect because he is starting to fill in most of his knowledge gaps. Now he needs to work on his time and abstract thinking skills to parlay his knowledge to the exam in the most efficient manner possible."