Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We talked about the ACT English section. We talked about grammar and style questions and went over what types of errors would be tested. The student was eager to both learn new tricks for remembering grammar and sharing ones she already used."
"We covered the math section of the ACT in our session. The student is being recruited and wants to increase her ACT score to be a more competitive candidate for athletics. We reviewed test taking strategies on the math section - how to solve for a target average, plane geometry questions, slope of parallel and perpendicular. The Math and English sections can be improved the quickest. Because she has a busy schedule with softball and volleyball, we have agreed to focus on these two section before the next test date in April."
"The student and I spent the first half of the session on a lengthy science practice test, which included a streak of 11 consecutive correct answers - his longest streak to date. His timing was excellent, answering 40 questions in 32 minutes, a full 3 minutes under the 35 minutes allowed. In the second half, we spent the time on reading comprehension and vocabulary and went over some tried-and-true strategies."
"The student prepared for today's session by writing an ACT sample essay, and we began by going over that work and reviewing structural aspects the graders are looking for in the essay. We also went over some example essays and the ACT rubric that graders will use. We continued working on the science section, and we completed a few sample sections with a timer. We went over tactics to use if she comes across a hard problem set, depending on where it falls in the section. We finished the session by reviewing the math preparation set of her ACT prep book. The student plans to take another practice test before we meet again after her spring break."
"The student and I conducted a thorough overview of the ACT science section. He is quite skilled and learns quickly. We covered several different types of problems, including data analysis and interpretation, opposing viewpoints, and experiment summaries. I suggested he purchase the prep book to help prepare and gauge his progress."
"We covered a variety of ACT math topics, mostly algebra concepts and applications. Volumes, areas, trigonometry functions, and graphing were also covered. The student seemed to be enjoying his work (as much as possible for the ACT) and was actively engaged in learning/reviewing the material. He had a little trouble with applying simpler concepts to more advanced problems and remembering volume and area formulas. I asked him to speak with his teacher about some of the trig problems and was excited to see him trying problems before I suggested a strategy. I look forward to working with him this Wednesday."
"The student and I looked at some Critical Reading problems she's expressed worry concerning. We concentrated on tone and perspective, as well as Context-dependent sentences. She picks up quickly, and once she has a strategy, she generally improves. I asked her to start doing timed CR tests in advance of the April test."
"For this lesson, the student and I first went over the timed English section that she had completed. She only got 5 for 6 wrong for a scaled score of 32, which is a big improvement from her diagnostic. Next we completed the math section from last time and I can see definite improvement in her understanding of various math concepts, though math is still her weakest area. Lastly, we worked through a science section, and she got most of the questions correct and did well with the strategies I told her about. For the next lesson, the student will work on a timed Science section, practice more with the math and work on an essay."
"On this practice test, the student got a 30 composite, which is an improvement from before. After we reviewed the questions he missed, I suggested that he use a watch to help him with pacing during the test and also that he take a little more time on the English section to read the question and pay attention to the NOT questions. In the remaining time, we made sure that the student knew the general math concepts that would be on the ACT. We covered all of the Pre-Algebra sections, and I explained the general formula of a circle, least common multiple and greatest common denominator through prime factorization, divisibility rules for numbers, rules of exponents, general tips to make working with fractions quicker, and how odds work within probability."
"I am very excited about the student's progress so far. He has made big strides in the reading and English sections of the test. We will continue to work on the timing of these sections and practice to keep them strong. His biggest area where we need to work is on the science section, as this is the hardest section to time and can be difficult. We will continue to work on this and get better. We spent some time on math as well, which we'll also keep progressing on, although I feel pretty good about where he's at there right now."
"Went over the last test that the student took, and that went pretty well- it seems like the science sections are a little confusing, but getting better. Also went over plenty of math. Not too concerned about Reading/English, since they were both over 30 on the first test!"
"I met the student and her mother today. She is a very bright, articulate and outgoing young lady. We discussed her previous exams and her scores. After getting to know her a little, we began tutoring with vocabulary words and synonyms. She has a very good grasp of word meanings and her vocabulary usage is extensive. We then went through a portion of every section of the exam. she did extremely well (90% correct) on the English portion. The few mistakes she made in math were mostly from reading too quickly or computing too quickly. Reading appears to be her area of greatest concern. Pacing, note-taking and highlighting are strategies she may employ. Also, going to explore the option of doing the directly referenced questions first and/or switching the order she will do her sections inside the reading session. Assigned her questions in all sections of the practice exam 1 she has."