Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for the student's arithmetic test - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; fractions - mixed, improper; averages, word problems. Her accuracy continues to improve."
"I met with the student. We wrapped up math concepts and questions. Then we went to do ACT English. I went over the concepts again and did practice problems."
"Topics Covered: Review of ACT Math and ACT Science "problem" problems; improving time for ACT Science; ACT English section walk-through and discussion of problem areas for English; overview of ACT Writing (minimizing set-up time, how to write a quick outline, etc.). Progress Achieved: The student now has a better idea of how to eliminate extraneous information on the ACT Science section to improve speed. She knows the areas on which she needs to focus for ACT English (comma usage and tense agreement), and she understands how to approach the ACT Writing section."
"The student completed three diagnostic tests for the SAT during our session: math, verbal, and writing. I use the results of these to determine what we need to do to help him earn a higher score on his SAT. We will focus on the following throughout our sessions in the coming two weeks: VOCABULARY (a high priority), reading strategies to improve his speed, grammar strategies to improve speed as well as content knowledge, and hard math. I'm looking forward to our next session tomorrow."
"The student again showed great signs of improvement in math. His writing is still a little slacking, but we are trying our best with that. We got a new book for him to keep practicing writing, and we'll continue to work with that book."
"The student and I went over his goals for the SAT in general. We worked on the writing section of the test first. He showed some improvement with some simple strategies I showed him for this section. We then worked on math. He will need to learn some content for this section, and we will likely spend the most time on this section in the future."
"We covered some math topics. The student has not had experience with using variables or with graphs. Therefore, we spent a lot of time learning how to solve for x and how to plot points on a coordinate grid. We also worked on reading comprehension mainly to focus on her pacing. We worked on the not too fast or not too slow strategy, and she did a nice job finding a good pace. She is going to work on problems where she is solving for x and review her vocabulary list that we have been adding to each session."
"Today was our first session. At the beginning of the session, the student and I discussed what her dislikes and likes were with school and in life in general. I do this to get to know the student better and I can relate the teaching of concepts to something they already know. She was a little intimidated at first with the practice test. She knows 75% of the concepts that are covered on the Math Achievement test. Her biggest difficulty that I can see is time management for the test. We will discuss that during our next session."
"We continued working on SAT tests in the prep book. We completed through Test 3, Section 7, problem 14. The student is very solid on the bulk of problems, but has room for improvement on the most difficult free response math problems; specifically, refreshing the deeper theoretical understanding in certain places (for example, a point that is on a graph makes the corresponding equation true) and their applications. That will come as we work more problems, though. English is mostly solid; the student needs to review some of the more obscure scenarios and boost performance a bit on passage analysis."
"We reviewed techniques for verbal and reading comprehension today. The student does really well on the reading comprehension. Verbal, she adapted to the techniques, but her vocabulary knowledge is not as extensive as the test includes. I recommended practice for the rest of the week. She is taking her test on Saturday."
"During today's session, the student and I focused primarily on algebra. We were able to cover some questions related to exponents, polynomials, and systems of equations. Next, we turned to SAT Writing and worked on sentence corrections, as well as on reading and scoring sample SAT essays based on the official scoring rubric."
"We studied how to apply formulas for the graph of a line to solve SAT-style problems, the geometry of circles and triangles, the distance formula, and some test-taking strategies. The student has a strong grasp of arithmetic. He needs to work on relaxing and focusing during tests, and we talked about a strategy of reviewing each question as he works it instead of waiting to try to review all the questions at the end. He generally showed a good attitude toward about getting down to work on his test prep. I did provide him with some notes and a link to a website he can use to review some of the geometry concepts he hasn't internalized at school."