Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I completed our GED Science preparation today. He was attentive and hardworking throughout. He completed a practice test for homework, which we went over. We did another practice test together, reviewed some Physical Science material, and discussed strategies for the short answer portion of the test."
"The student finished writing the multiple choice section of the essay. I told her to take at least 3 practice writing multiple choice sections a week. We finished the writing multiple choice portion of the exam."
"The student agreed that this would be a useful source of appropriate practice material. He said he was unfamiliar with box and whisker plots and was not ready to independently move through simplifying an algebraic equation requiring use of distributive property and two steps of shifting information across = to gather like terms. He was able to identify missing angle in a five-sided polygon with reminders about degree measure of straight angle (line) and alternative interior angles. He showed understanding of mean, median, and mode and slope of linear graph. We worked through #8 and will continue in next session."
"The student and I started to write a new book today, but weren't able to finish because the extra pages that she asked me to insert made the book a total of 12 pages long. I brought her some animal stencils to assist with her illustrations, which she liked very much. We also read (or rather I read to her) a book about a lost gorilla looking for his family."
"Yesterday, the student and I worked primarily on the Quantitative Reasoning section of the test. Her mom let me know about where she stood after taking it last year and the student said the Quantitative Reasoning section was the one she found most difficult. We worked through problems from the QR sections of two practice tests. She was very good at executing the math but her struggle was with figuring out what the questions were asking. After working through a few problems, her confidence was higher and she quickly grasped concepts. Because she took the Lower Level exam last time, some concepts were new but after explanation, she seemed to understand them. I was most impressed with her attention the whole two hours and her enthusiasm with the task at hand."
"The student is so proactive about her SAT studying every lesson. I find I need to muster extra energy to match her! This session we focused on math and reading, and I think particularly in the reading passages, she is learning how to "x-ray" questions so that she eliminates answer choices that assume information not provided in text, are irrelevant and too extreme. Her math is improving. For the student, I'm focusing on slowing her down because timing is definitely not an issue, and getting her to use her energy more effectively by approaching questions more analytically."
"The student read her History book while I proof read her History essay. Then we discussed what she had read and I asked her specific questions. Then she continued reading the next chapter and took notes on important points. I asked her questions as she read out loud. I left her with a few review chapters for the next session."
"We continued our practice problems on the English and Math portions of the ACT exam. Both students are making progress - scores on the practice problems were in the 80s and 90s versus 60s and 70s in prior sessions. The next ACT test date is April 18, so we will focus our efforts primarily on the Math and English sections and add in science as the test date approaches. They are excited at their progress and are motivated to continue working hard to reach their goals specific to the exam."