Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did very well this session! Mostly she lacks confidence in her math skills and we continue to work on that. I plan to run her through a timed session next time we meet."
"We did another SAT Math section, including multiple choice and grid-ins. The student did better than before. Overall, he's improving."
"During today's session the student took two sections of an assessment practice test as a shorter diagnostic test. Section 3 covered Critical Reading (25 minutes, 24 questions total) and Section 4 covered Writing (25 minutes, 35 questions total). After she completed both sections, we went over Section 3 together. Going through the first part, which was solely sentence completion, she and I discussed how to use techniques to optimize time spent on each question while answering correctly. I advised her to first read the sentence through, noticing if it was a one or two completion sentence. One completion only means that the "markers" (keywords) could be found in any part of the sentence, though usually at the beginning and/or after punctuation (comma). For two-completion sentences, a semicolon is used, and often the second half of the phrase will be the most useful since the first phrase is vague without the context presented in the second half. For some, the second phrase following the semicolon is actually a definition of the second word needed (with few exceptions, whenever this occurs there will be no missing words to fill in in the second phrase). I think with the critical reading I will take a different approach with her than we did today. In the next session or two we will really take a look at what the assessment is doing, and why."
"Today, we completed the student's preparation for the CLEP Calculus test. We did a rapid fire review of all topics in integration and derivatives. We then used the review to answer practice questions on the student's practice Calculus test."
"Today, we covered testing strategies for solving linear equations. We reviewed formulas related to lines and graphs. The following formulas were given to the student to memorize: slope of a line, quadratic equation for lines, standard form of a line, midpoint of a line, and distance between two points. The student also learned how to solve problems quickly by using the process of elimination and reasoning strategies. I provided him with practice problems related to the work that we covered."
"Today, we covered the "Review" and "Data Interpretation" topics in the ACT prep book. We thoroughly went through each topic, worked and discussed each of the sample questions, and went over test strategies & skills for encountering each type of question in the sections. This was built off of our last session in when we worked on science. The student's attitude toward the material reviewed was more confident than he was before with the material. Some questions from the ACT book were assigned for extra practice."