Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over his mistakes on the critical reading and writing sections from the first practice SAT test from the guide and reviewed vocabulary. His scores improved compared to when he took the test in January. The student was still challenged the most by vocabulary. I left him with the critical and writing sections from the second practice SAT in the guide. I have no concerns from this session."
"We began by going over the student's homework on multiplying and adding fractions with different denominators. She did very well on it. I then taught her how to subtract and divide fractions. Next we went over how to find the area of squares/rectangles and triangles. Finally I taught her how to find the volume of cubes, and we did a reading passage to finish up."
"The student is prepping for the ACT, scheduled to take in April. It's been decided to split up our one-day-a-week, two-hour sessions: part ACT prep, part writing/grammar. This first session was mainly review and discussion of the ACT. The student completed a few practice questions, and asked for my help when she came to something she didn't understand-- and I offered a little insight on test-taking strategies. Before I left, we agreed she would spend an hour on self-study material for our review/discussion next session"
"The student and I worked on all three sections. She is doing much, much better on the multiple choice for the writing section. She is also getting a higher percentage of the questions right on the reading section, but she needs to strengthen her skills as far as factoring timing. As part of her homework, I assigned her to read high level magazines to strengthen her vocabulary and reading comprehension skills."
"We worked on correcting her math mistakes from her homework. We worked specifically on hypothetical and plug in the blank questions for math. Also went over diagrams that range 3 questions long. Also went over examples in science. She has greatly improved her skills in reading and science."
"We finished the geometry section of the text, topping it off with slope. This was easy for the student despite the fact that it has not been covered at her school yet. We went on to review substitution, because that seems to be a concept she seems to be shaky on."
"I met with the student for the first time. We discussed her goals and her current progress. I had organized my thoughts regarding improving the reading section and we talked through them. We spent time doing sentence completion; she was good, but needs to expand her vocabulary, ideally through reading. In addition, we did one passage together. Her biggest concern is focusing on the passage, though I was happy with her effort. I asked her to complete 2 more passages and look forward to seeing if she was able to concentrate and focus and take small steps to improve."
"The student just received her previous ACT exam results, and she did excellently, scoring in the 98th percentile of students. Her weakest area, weak being a relative term, is the science section and the geometry portion of the math section. We focused on those two subjects. I was really pleased with her reading section, the one she was most worried about to start. We agreed to meet again on March 30."
"We warmed up with one more ACT English passage for guided practice, then administered two passages as timed prep. A couple missed questions regarding grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, but more due to the test format (skipping a question, being confused by the layout). As with math, the student has much more difficulty with the test mechanics than with any of the concepts or questions. Projected English score is 26, but again, I see a significantly higher potential. Review will heavily focus on layout and familiarity with the setup of the test itself. We will continue with reading next session."
"SAT Critical Reading Learning Tools; especially the passage-based American Writers selection. Good material; she and I worked on analysis and tone questions. She reads and understands; retains well."
"The student completed some of the homework for this week so we started by going over it. He did very well on the English questions he did. We worked on some English and reading practice together. Then we read an essay prompt, practiced planning an essay together, and read some sample essays."
"The student did very well on the reading section she completed since our last session -- she only missed one question. So, we moved on to talking about the English section. She already knows most of the basic grammar rules, but we still went through them all to make sure there are no gaps in her knowledge. We focused on certain types of questions that are designed to be tricky that are often seen on the ACT. We got through punctuation rules, verb tenses, and sentence structure today, and we will finish up this section next time. I asked her to complete a math practice section for next time as well."