Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met again today, and we moved onto the ACT Writing section. I think the best way to prepare for this section is to talk about what the ACT expects for a well-written essay and then work on practice prompts. I told her about the section and then had her read the rubric for the essay. Afterwards, I wanted to see her writing so I had her write an essay for me on a prompt from the ACT book. When she finished the essay, I read it, graded it, and talked to her about it. She writes well. I also told her that the ACT likes really specific examples when you are giving evidence that backs your argument. I then asked her to read the example essays that were graded a 4 and then one graded a 6 to show her the slight difference and what would get her a 6 on this section. She then wrote another essay on a different prompt. This essay was much better. She gave a good, specific example for one of her points but didn't quite develop her other point enough. We talked about that essay. I told her that there was no problem and that she'll have more opportunities to practice/ do better on Thursday. I look forward to our next session."
"Today, the student began the session by writing an essay from a previous year's SAT. We reviewed last week's essay, which I felt was his strongest effort yet, and overall a very strong essay. Over the past weeks that he and I have worked together, I get the sense from his writing samples that he needs to work on organization in reading and writing. It came as no surprise to me that he had the most trouble on those types of questions on his PSAT from October of this year. During our session, we went over every question he got wrong on all 3 sections of the exam. He is particularly strong in the math section of the exam, and I have a lot of confidence that he will pull out a score in the 600-700 range on the SAT. I feel that with more practice and focus, he will be able to pull up his verbal scores, but he needs to be reading on his own to improve his comprehension skills."
"We went over a practice SAT and discussed the questions that he got wrong, why and how to chose the right answer."