Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over his homework today. We didn't have time to learn any new material, but reviewed a ton of topics such as word problems, determinant, system of linear equation, ratios, finding slope, logs, punctuation, rhetorical questions, moving sentence position, improper verb tense, brevity, redundancy, misplaced modifier, casual language, and adding/ deleting sentences. Homework: p. 156-160 #31-59 // p. 164-165 #1-10."
"We worked on English and Writing. English was up to a 26. Writing is still around an 8. For writing, we discussed making full use of the time since she had 10 minutes to spare, what a counter argument is and how to use it, writing a more specific thesis statement, not using abbreviations, and organization."
"The student and I went over about 20 vocabulary words that we have come across in previous sessions. I gave him sample sentences and asked him to define the words, which he did with accuracy most of the time. Next session, I've asked him to be prepared to come up with sample sentences of his own for those words and the new set accumulated this week. Then we went over sample questions generated by his previous diagnostic test, mostly those in the Prose section. He struggled with some new vocabulary and some of the inferences, but was able to understand the path to the correct answers when we walked through them together. He was quite strong in other sections. I observed that he took a relatively long time to process a couple of the questions and cautioned him to limit the time spent on one question in the context of the ACT itself, which he took note of."
"We reviewed Science, English and Math questions the student had from practice work she had done. She did not score as high as she hoped on her ACT and wants to continue to focus on Science. We also reviewed Science passages."
"For our first lesson we started by working through some of the English passages in the ACT book. The student seems to have a fairly firm grasp of the material, and was very good at picking up on his mistakes and correcting them. We moved on to math, trying to hit some algebra and geometry material which he wanted to review. We finished the session by talking about strategies for how to approach the essay, which we will go into in greater depth later."
"Today, I reviewed logarithms, trig functions, and some grammatical concepts with the student. He did well on the science and math sections, but he seemed to struggle with reading the passages carefully in the English session. He seemed to have a positive attitude toward the material. I left him with a reading section and an essay."