Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we spent our time doing questions for the English section of the ACT. Going into the session, the student was struggling with dashes/ commas as well as referents. In order to help him, we did practice problems concentrating on (but not limited to) these two areas. By the end of the session he seemed to understand the rules behind these areas so I feel as though he grasped the material better by the end of our session. On Monday I sent him multiple practice passages for the reading section that he will do, and once he is done I will send him more. As the test approaches I believe that he is getting more and more prepared."
"Today, we continued working on trigonometry. We reviewed the previous day's material and then went on to do more difficult problems. These problems included the application of trigonometry to word problems that simulated real life events. They required us to draw out the triangle and label everything. Afterwards, we went on to talk about special trigonometric ratios, with respect to the 30-60-90 triangle. Overall, we solidified basic principles of trigonometry on the ACT math section and we did about 14 questions."
"We reviewed the English and science sections the student did for homework. She did well on the science section, but needs a little more practice for the English section. Before practicing anymore English, she did the practice reading section of that test. She has improved in her reading skills. Next, she did a practice English section. This time she did much better. In the last few minutes of the session, she did three passages in the science section. She got all the answers correct."
"The student and I worked on more reading, and some verbal. I sent her a link for a list of vocab words that are in the SSAT range; it consists of 100 words so it's a manageable amount. She will complete a reading section for tomorrow."
"I began with giving the student a list of Latin roots and vocabulary groupings as well as comprehensive list of the grammar errors found on the writing section. I also left her with a basic but important summary of the math concepts. We then went through full diagnostic exams for both the math and writing sections. The math diagnostic was effective practice because it consisted of some of the most difficult types of problems on the SAT. She is going to get an exceptionally high score on the math section regardless, so she will likely benefit most from coming across as wide a variety of these extra-difficult math questions as possible. The writing exam we went through was way too easy; while it did reintroduce sentence errors to watch out for, we will have to cover more difficult grammar questions in the future."
"The student did fairly well on his ACT English homework. After going over that, we wrapped up our initial review with a last bit of Math practice; then, I proctored him through an abridged ACT. He scored in the 30s on Math and the mid-to-high 20s on the other three sections; his Reading score is still way up over his last test. I assigned some Math and Writing practice for next week."
"In preparation for the student's test on Saturday, we reviewed two new practice test sections that were especially difficult. On the reading section, he showed good pacing and answer elimination, though on occasion his answers weren't rooted in textual evidence. He struggled with a particularly confusing narrative passage, which really challenged his comprehension. On the verbal section, he only scored 60% of both synonym and analogy questions correctly. He made some pretty good guesses, but the vocabulary was a bit over his head. I encouraged him to slow down when it's appropriate and to take the answer elimination seriously. We finished with a brief lecture on how he should approach the writing section and what he should do before the exam. Good luck! Let me know how he does on his test."
"For this session, we continued to go over questions that the student had answered incorrectly on the Practice SSAT. We finished reviewing the first Quantitative (math) section, and then we moved on to the Verbal (analogies) section. We also went over the Verbal questions that he had skipped. On the Verbal questions where he had to choose a synonym for a given word, there were instances he only knew the meaning of one of the five word choices. I recommended that he skip those questions instead of guessing on them, since he won't be penalized for skipping but will be penalized for incorrect answers. We also went over questions that he had missed on the second Quantitative (math) section."
"Today the student and I continued preparing her for the SAT subject test in US History. We first started by going over the terms list which I provided for the chapter covered this week. I helped her understand the long standing effects of some of the topics discussed and how they lead to the revolutionary war period. Before we went over the questions provided I fielded some of her questions on the material. She has a good grasp of the chapter and did well on the questions. We will meet again next week."
"We started today's lesson with overviews of a few grammar concepts: functions of nouns, transitive and intransitive verbs, and verbals. We looked at several examples, and I sent the student extra practice to do on her own. We then practiced passage-based reading questions with two separate passages. Although the passages used somewhat dense language, both were relatively straightforward in concept. She showed a strong understanding of the grammar concepts she has learned in class but will need to review the new concepts-- gerunds and participles-- a little more."
"The student and I spent time working on all aspects of the SSAT today. He is definitely feeling more intuitive with analogies and synonyms. His reading comprehension, while not bad, is still weaker than his other sections but we spent time to work on strategies to improve. In addition, his math is getting stronger, but tackling some of the logic sometimes poses a few hurdles. In all, though, he's in good shape and is staying motivated."
"The student's exam is on Saturday. The placement exam has a lot of questions in a short amount of time. Today, she practiced the Verbal Skills and Reading sections. She scored a 68% on the Verbal Skills section, and a 60% on the Reading section. We discussed strategies for answering the multiple choice questions so that she can have the best chance of getting the best score on her exam. I am going to email her the Math practice test that I have so that she can practice, and we will do the other 2 parts on Tuesday. She got a practice test book from her friend, which she should try to do some questions out of to practice more on the reading questions."