Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over geometry and trig for the ACT math section, as well as the ACT essay. The student's attitude was very positive. I left her with a new ACT practice test. I talked about the specific outline she should use to approach the new ACT essay."
"We began by reviewing math and grammar problems from the student's previous practice test that she still had questions on. We briefly discussed any alterations to strategies and what results we may anticipate seeing from her now having time and a half. We then moved on to doing a reading comprehension passage, reiterating our annotating skills strategies. For tomorrow, she will complete the passage. Tomorrow we will review it and continue with further work in the study book. For the following lesson, she will have the week to complete a timed time and a half practice test."
"The student is enthusiastic to learn this test. We reviewed the analogies, we reviewed vocabulary. She then took practice drills for math on multiplication, algebra and geometry. She is left with continued practice. She scored high on the math and analogy drills."
"The student is progressing well on his preparation for the ACT later this year. We reviewed his homework of ACT Reading and Science passages. As a sophomore, he has very good reading comprehension and answers most of the questions correctly. His strong reading skills translates well on the Science section. He does need to work on speed, but for now we're going to keep working on his accuracy in both sections."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed over his PSAT scores received from his recent tests. He did really well on both the reading and writing sections; a bit more studying over general topics will help him maintain that score for the upcoming SAT test. He struggled on the Math section -- both the material as well as time. We reviewed over all incorrect questions and realized many of the mistakes were due to reading too fast and not realizing exactly what the question was asking. We have decided to focus on the math sections heavily over the next two weeks to prepare him for the SAT. The student, his mother, and I discussed the merits of also taking the ACT and what materials are out there to provide study materials. We will meet again on Tuesday."
"We continued to emphasize math. The student was given direct instruction on basic statistics, including the normal (Bell) curve and scatterplots. Converting word problems into equations is a bit of a trouble area, and we will return to those next session."
"We assessed her TOEFL speaking and writing abilities. For the speaking, she has good ideas but has a bit of trouble organizing them in the time allotted. We will work more on planning and using the prep time effectively. I would rate her speaking level at about a 2.5 (out of 4) based on the TOEFL rubrics. For writing, I would rate her writing between 2.5 and 3 on the TOEFL rubric. She could work on better organizing her response and using appropriate vocabulary. We will work on planning and organizing the writing tasks, as well as strategies for using the time efficiently in future sessions."
"The student worked on word problems having to do with calculations of percentages. He had a very weak grasp of fractions and percentages, so we spent quite a bit of time shoring that up. Additional review of this topic will be necessary. He knows how to solve a system of two equations, but most SAT problems call for creating a system of equations from a situation described verbally. We worked on how to visualize the situation, name the variables, and setup the equations to be solved."
"We went over a few test taking strategies, such as approaching questions before reading a prompt, and using process of elimination. The student has a little trouble with vocabulary, so we've decided to work on that in the next session, and I am going to try to improve her speed with the questions. Overall, she seems like a dedicated student, and I'm excited for our next session on Wednesday."
"We focused specifically on Math during our session. The student took Diagnostic Math Test #6. This test covers some of the more difficult Math concepts on the SAT, and we reviewed the first quarter of the test, breaking down questions into basic concepts and reviewing each. I have requested that she review the Math concepts for us to look at together during our next session (for the concepts, looking up tutorials or explanations for anything unclear and bringing questions to our next session). After this, we can return to the rest of the Math test, and see how she does with the problems, and then look again at Reading and Writing."
"The student and I had a good session today! We spent the majority of out time reviewing her homework (Reading, English, Science) and talking through Math Translation & basic property of number problems (a problem area for her last week). She struggled a little bit through the Reading homework, but they were 2 hard passages. We will work through some more Reading next time to make sure she feels okay with the strategy. She did really well on the practice Math problems I gave her following our review! I didn't give her any homework today, but she will have 2 timed sections to complete over the weekend."
"The student feels that math and science are the areas she needs to work on most. Today, we worked through one and a half sections of math (using a calculator) for the SAT. She seems much more familiar with the recent material she is learning this year."