Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Her essay was fairly good, I would say in the 7-9 range of points. I went over it with her, gave her some general pointers, and we began doing timed sections. She rushed a little bit at first, I gave her some advice to take her time since she had time left, and she improved on the next section."
"We discussed the problems/questions the student has had in her independent SAT practice and choose to focus more heavily on the writing, identifying grammar rules, and passage summarization in this session. She wrote and I made edits/outline suggestions for several sample prompts and we got through a few denser reading passages - really working on identifying the author's main idea and passage structure. We also completed a grammar section of a practice test."
"The student had a productive session working on math. We started with the review of some homework problems and then continued our work on the general concept review (finishing up numbers and operations and starting on the algebra sections). She did well. I assigned her a practice section for homework."
"This was our final session before the girls take their exam. We started off with a practice English test. They girls both did really well and we discussed any lingering questions they had. We then briefly went over the writing sections and I shared strategies for success with them. To conclude the session, one student took a reading test and the other took a science test, which they deemed as their worst subjects. They both did well. They wrote down all the things to remember on the test (skipping around sections in reading and science, pacing, etc.) to review the night before."
"During our session, we covered topics on the English and math sections of the test. Both student performed very well on their practice problems. We reviewed all questions that were answered incorrectly and those problems were reassigned as practice for next time. So far, we have reviewed strategies for answering each type of question in our sessions together. The main focus going forward will revolve around increasing test-taking speed and rapidly recognizing problem types. We have also decided to increase the number of practice problems in between sessions to enhance familiarity with question types. No concerns to note."
"The student and I spent most of the session reviewing passage interpretation. She does well on these questions. We reviewed techniques and tactics to use when you can't engage with the piece of writing: summarizing, restating things in your own words, and remembering not to engage any outside knowledge on the interpretation of the questions. When she applied these strategies, she answered the challenging questions well. She is doing very well at using elimination as a strategy. I reiterated why choosing after eliminating two is a very solid strategy. I left the student with quite a bit of verbal homework; next week we will be pivoting back to math. If she has time, she'll do a diagnostic test."
"We met for the last time before the student's ACT on Tuesday. We went through a whole test where we focused on her strengths and I gave her ways to relax for the test and last pointers on things to do. I mainly aimed to reinforce her strengths and reassure her that she had the skills to absolutely smoke the science portion. She seemed to show a little more confidence at the end of the session."
"For our session, I had asked the student to attempt to complete at least a whole math section and science section. She also did time herself, so that she has an idea of the time constraints placed for the tests. She did complete the math portion on time with only 5 questions remaining, similar to the science section. We went over her incorrect answers on both the math and science sections. With math, we went over problem solving strategies and practiced concepts that she feels hesitant about. In science, we went over passages and went over strategies in completing them- when to know what information to pick out of the passages and how to be efficient in answering the questions. For our next session, I asked her to do a whole ACT practice test."
"Today we focused primarily on literary passages from the passage based reading. We started the session by moving through a practice test section that had been assigned for homework. The student didn't have time to complete it before the session, so we used the time to reinforce the principles we learned at a faster pace. He is showing marked improvement in reasoning. In the literary passages, I emphasized some of the same skills that are required for all passage based reading questions -- attention to detail, summarizing question and passage -- while also showing how literary passages are somewhat harder because they aren't laid out as logically. I assigned him more sections from the practice tests with the aim to attempt them under timed conditions."
"The student did very well on her assigned practice sections, scoring a 27 on the Science and a 33 on the Reading! Today, we reviewed the ACT English section, and then moved on to some more Math practice. For next time, I have assigned her a full practice ACT."
"The student and I worked on ACT English and Science today. She did very well in English practice and only got a couple of questions incorrect. The Science problems we worked on were quite challenging, but I feel this will help her be most prepared for exam day."
"The student is in AP Language at her high school and gets straight A's in her writing classes. Upon hearing of this news, I was intrigued to see her work in action. Her writing is passionate, effortless and impressively focused. We followed by working through a few writing problems and strategies in the multiple-choice part of the writing section. I had to remind her of a few rules with regards to sentence correction, but she was again very impressive in scoring 92%."