Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a math test so I can gauge where she is and where we need to go from here. We reviewed the answers she missed."
"In today's session, we began a more in-depth look at the ACT Reading section. I began by going over a full Reading section with the student, reading the passages aloud and working on the questions together. I explained that each Reading section has one Prose Fiction, Social Science, Humanities, and Natural Science passage, and that knowing what sort of passage you are dealing with will help in anticipating the type and nature of the associated questions. For example, I showed how there are structural differences between passages whose main purpose is to entertain, to persuade, and to inform, and how recognizing the main purpose of a passage provides an advantage when it comes time to answer questions. He found the Prose Fiction and Natural Science passages particularly easy, while he struggled more with Social Science and Humanities passages. Curious as to whether this was due to the structural differences of the passage or only caused by the specific subject matter of those particular passages, I covered additional passages with him from another practice test. He reported that he believed the difficulties he encountered had more to do with the particular subjects of those passages than the overall structure. I therefore advised him to seek out passages whose subject matter he finds more challenging and practice those especially in preparation for the test. We then moved on to the ACT Math section, with the student working on untimed practice problems. If he found a problem difficult or was not following the proper procedure to solve it, I would step in to help him. I would also try to highlight general principles and tactics that could be applied to a wide set of problems on the test, drawing parallels between formulas and showing how certain problems would be easier to solve by plugging in answer choices rather than a more time-consuming method."
"ACT prep. Overview of all sections, with special focus on differences in the science and math sections. Session went very well."