Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I focused first on preparing to write the Essay. First, we developed and refined his pre-writing brainstorming and organization process and talked about the timing of the planning phase. We then talked through the application of his planning process to a variety of sample prompts, and noted the common themes that cropped up in each prompt; we also discussed his choice of arguments and possible responses to counter-arguments for each one. He has a good grasp of logic, and a keen intuitive sense of which arguments have limitations or complex nuances. Next, we turned our attention briefly to the Reading section; in particular, we reviewed tips and techniques for handling the Sentence Completions, and went over some of the more advanced vocabulary from several Sentence Completion questions. He and I finished up with a Writing section review, with specific focus on the Improving Sentences question type. We practiced the general approach of reading the whole sentence first and asking himself if anything was broken in the grammar, punctuation or usage; scanning the underlined portions for the most common errors if the sentence "sounds wrong", as he puts it; and considering, not only which underlined phrases contain obvious errors, but also which ones could be changed in ways that fix errors that may seem to come from other, non-underlined parts of the sentence. He continues to build on his intuitive grasp of grammar, and although a few of the questions we looked at challenged him, he quickly picked up on the principles involved once we went over the grammar, punctuation or stylistic rules involved."
"Topics Covered: General overview of ACT; ACT Math review Progress Achieved: The student is now more comfortable with the format of the ACT and how questions are asked for the ACT Math section."
"The student and I met for 1 hour. She and I worked on sentence completion, sentence errors, and grammar techniques."
"The student took an assessment practice test. While her results dipped from her usual level, she did learn several new concepts. These include breaking down prime number multiples, dealing with averages, shape geometry, and radicals with algebra. For homework, she was asked to pick a few questions from past tests to review further."
"The student took the M portion of a diagnostic test and wanted to go over incorrect questions to understand what she had missed. Based on that, we went over the cell, organelles, types of microscope, and active and passive diffusion. She took the practice questions and did well. Also, we went over classical genetics, law of independent assortment, segregation, and dominance, nondisjunction, sex linked traits, and mutations. She is going to answer questions for next week's session and will review."
"The student was able to successfully perform all addition and subtraction as well as multiplication and division of negative numbers. This is a big step! The student has been sent worksheets to make sure that this new knowledge "sets" correctly. The student was encouraged to continue to do worksheets daily and to send them to me for review. A discussion was had regarding putting aside a special time to complete worksheets. I have high hopes for the student's future ability to perform at the highest level. Once she understands all of the intricacies of the concepts, she has shown the ability to perform difficult operations with ease."