Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed Latin nouns and adjective declensions today. He had a quiz last week on declining nouns with adjectives which has not been returned yet. He also had to do a synopsis of a verb and thought he was asked to do a third conjugation verb. I had him conjugate scribo, a third conjugation verb in Latin and in English. Except for future tense and future perfect tense, he did well. We also went over fourth and fifth declension noun endings even though he did not think the teacher had reviewed these yet. He has turned in an English narrative rough draft and is waiting for his teacher to go over it with him personally before he starts making changes on the paper. He was able to help me get into his haiku assignment website today so that I can keep up with the current work he is doing especially in his English and Latin classes."
"The student and I continued working on the reading section of the ACT for our session Wednesday. He did a few sections for homework. For the reading section this week, he and I are really focusing on how he organizes information during a quick read. One thing he is improving at is successfully eliminating bad but tempting answers. When he is searching out flaws in the answers, he can more easily avoid tricks and reading errors."
"The student and I focused on reading comprehension and practice math questions. She did very well on a practice test she took, so we are sticking with more difficult questions now. On the reading comprehension section, she scored 75%. I encouraged her to watch out for small distortions in the answer choices and to be more discriminating with the answers she picks. In the math section, she has improved at her number picking, which is helping her with the harder questions. I also went over the essays with her, giving her general tips and strategy."
"The student and I worked together first. We started by reviewing rules for addition and multiplication in algebraic formulas. I had him do equations using algebra; he either "sees" the answer or tries to check and guess the solution. I want him to learn how to use algebra, so that he can simplify expressions and also work with more complex equations. I also want him to be able to use his time efficiently. We also reviewed the distributive property and properties of negative and positive numbers. I had him do more practice problems. The student and I reviewed variables with exponents. I went through the rules for operations, negative exponents, and the power zero. I had him simplify expressions using the different rules. I also had him work with reciprocals, raising negative numbers to a power, the distributive property, and FOIL. He needed some review with FOIL and I went through some examples. I also had him do several practice problems."
"The student took a full practice test. We went over logical reasoning and reading comprehension. On logical reasoning, I stressed causation and correlation, counterexamples, and discrepancies in terms. On reading comprehension, I stressed citation, and lining up the answer choice with what the passage says. He did near perfect on the logic games."
"We reviewed tips and strategies for every section of the ACT. I gave the student a document I made with a summary of everything we talked about. We went over a game plan for test day, and then drilled English problems in a few of the categories she wanted more practice in."