Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed her personal goals with respect to the ACT, with the student saying that she wanted to get a good score / do her best. Then I tried to get a baseline for what she understood about the test and whether she had done any preparation work so far. I explained the test to the student and her aunt, breaking down the individual sections."
"Today we covered basic Math and Science ACT concepts. Specifically algebra, tangents, arcs, geometry formulas, control groups, reading graphs, simplifying units, etc."
"Used this session to cover a variety of ACT sections, in the interest of shoring up knowledge and confidence in areas the student perceived as potential problems. Started by working through each Science passage type again, to see how prioritizing passages affected time and accuracy. He did well on each of the passage types, with very minimal prompting from me. For independent practice I asked him to try a timed section (or at least one each of the three passage types, time-adjusted) to test this. Took a brief detour to examine answers from the most recent PSAT. After some reinforcement practice with these, we went back to the ACT (Reading) with special attention paid to similar question types. Again observing a high rate of accuracy with minimal prompting and explanation needed, I asked him to take a timed Reading section to examine whether we needed to work on time management. Very productive meeting."
"The student and I reviewed her test material today, and worked on getting her prepared for her final. She and I are going to meet at least three more times before her final to go over everything from the semester. She is definitely working really hard with me on understanding everything in a really difficult subject. I have really enjoyed working with her. We will meet again on Thursday."
"The student was assigned an extended response to write about the primary cause of WWI, and he chose nationalism. The student did a great job building his thesis statement and using appropriate facts to support his thesis. His organizational and writing skills have vastly improved, and he now needs little guidance with grammar and syntax."
"To prepare for the student's upcoming cumulative test, we discussed a number of topics, including box plots and boundaries for outliers, normal distributions, and regression analysis. We went over a specific problem in which the distribution was N(150, 20); we also reviewed NormCdf and InvNorm commands and how to determine regions based on a specific alpha level. I also demonstrated how one sets up and interprets a normal probability plot (i.e., in stat plots, choose the last icon on the graph type row, then a normal model is appropriate if the graph is approximately linear). We compared correlation and coefficient of determination and discussed how one interprets these values."