Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued studying for the ACT. We worked a lot on Math, filling in information gaps and practicing test-taking strategies. She did a good job!"
"The session began with the usual test corrections. Writing continues to be the first student's strongest point, while she struggles more with Math, but I am happy to report she is improving. The second student's Math has especially improved and remains her strongest, while she has more issues with Writing. We had an in-depth discussion of common writing mistakes: what they are, examples & non-examples, how to look for them. For example, parallelism is especially important for comparisons and lists. Because they are preparing for the SATs as sophomores, they lack some of the preparation that juniors specifically get, especially in regards to vocabulary and grammar. We also went through specific math concepts that posed issues for both of them, namely probability and 3D geometry. For next session, I assigned them the SAT essay, along with the standard section for category."
"Scheduled today as a final review for anything still in need of reinforcement before the February ACT. The student felt that his lingering difficulty was in balancing time and accuracy with the Reading and Science sections, so we went through several sample passages to establish the maximal level of comfort with the test. His accuracy and recognition rates remain very high, and my role was mostly to provide feedback as he identified text or data evidence for his answers and talked through his reasoning. Discussed the possibility of reviewing Math, but the student felt comfortable with the material and thought the best use of his time would be independent review of the subject. At this point, I've worked with the student long enough to feel confident saying that both his natural intelligence and motivation to achieve are very, very high. Barring an unexpected drop on his Math or Writing scores, any further work I could do with him on ACT and SAT material would be largely confined to review. I advised the family that they do have 2 hours remaining on their contract, which they could use to review with me or for another tutoring purpose at their discretion. While I would not be ready to ever project a National Merit Finalist award (too large a sample size), the student seems as likely a candidate as any I've worked with."