Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on test taking strategies, reviewed a math section and completed several science questions."
"We started doing timed practice tests today to prepare more for the test and get an idea of what she might be scoring."
"Today we did some math and reading practice. The student seems very comfortable with most of the material on the math section, so we will focus on beating the time limit and other test-taking techniques."
"There were a few problems in chemical kinetics problems that didn't make sense. The student looked at two different ways of determining the expression for reaction rate based on laboratory data, and I suggested that she use whichever one she had the most confidence in. We also discussed how to predict the reaction rate expression from a reaction mechanism. I introduced the important concept of "equilibrium constants," which apparently her class has not gone over yet. It took me a little while to think of the best way to explain things, but eventually we got there."
"Today was my last session with this student. We primarily discussed the Mathematics section of the placement exam. In general, it is most important for him to focus on answering the questions that he can understand, and quickly identifying (and skipping) the questions he cannot understand. As long as he uses this strategy consistently, he should be able score commensurate with his level of ability on the exam."
"The student and I reviewed the essay that she had done on her "favorite academic subject." She did a good job with that and I made just a few suggestions. We then reviewed the math section of the SSAT test and she missed only a few questions. I introduced some Algebra concepts. She stuck with it for the hour. Her homework is to try the Algebra problems, do another essay if she wishes, and to review the vocabulary words in the back of the book. Mom did say that she has been working on the practice tests. We are meeting again on Monday and will review the Algebra homework and discuss some Geometry concepts."
"Our final review session before her exam focused on verbal, as that was what the student said she wanted to focus on. She said she felt confident on the other sections of the exam. We practiced several problems together and then I gave her a 30-minute online diagnostic test to prepare her for tomorrow. She did well on the test, and also said she feels pretty confident going into tomorrow. We discussed test-taking tips and strategies for tomorrow."
"Today the student and I worked through several passages relating to history and the social sciences. He had a perfect score on the multiple choice questions, but he had several questions where he had to guess between two possible answers. He showed a good understanding for the content of the passages and authorial intent. He had some trouble with the vocabulary in several of the passages, but showed an aptitude for determining meanings based on context. He mentioned that he had substantially improved his critical reading score on a practice test he took over the week, but he wanted to work on his math section, and specifically his speed. He said that he often had trouble identifying what he needed to do to solve particular problems. Over the weekend he will take a math practice test to assess his progress since we stopped focusing on it. Based on the results, we will work on identifying problem types and determining the quickest strategies to solve them."
"In our first session I went over the general structure of the test. Then I gave the student a list of must-know math formulas (which she confirms she already knows and does not need to memorize). I then did an overview of the grammar errors tested on the English section and followed this with some sample questions. Before our next session, she will get and ACT prep book and complete the first test."
"Today was the last session before the student's test tomorrow. We went over some difficult math problems spanning mostly geometry and advanced algebra topics, since that's where she did the worst on her last test attempt. She did pretty well setting up equations and starting the problems. As long as she stays focused during the test I know she has the ability to do well. We finished by going through some vocabulary and synonym practice. I hope she does well tomorrow!"
"Today, the student and I focused on ACT Writing. We did a fair number of practice problems, with topics including subordinating conjunctions, pronoun inconsistencies, and subject-verb agreement. He got about 80% of these problems correct on the first try, and his errors were due to reading the question too quickly the first time and rushing through to select an answer. He and I have talked about and worked on reading more slowly and carefully in order to ascertain the full meaning of the sentence before selecting an answer, and we will continue to do so next week, when we work on Reading Comprehension."
"The student and I worked on a practice test that simulates what it will be like when he takes the ISEE on Sunday. We covered the verbal, quantitative, and reading comprehension sections. He did exceptionally well with all concepts, and he has shown incredible improvement with his reading comprehension. As long as he remains focused and confident during his testing session I know he'll do very well. We didn't answer all of the questions on the practice test, so I suggested that he use that as a study tool either tonight or tomorrow if he wants to."