Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with reviewing through a few passages of English and the more difficult math problems from the ACT prep guide. The student had a great handle of these, only missing a couple English questions (she quickly realized her mistake) and needing just a bit of prodding on a select few math problems. We then went over the general reading and science strategy: finding direct support in the passage. The student did very well on the reading passages and had a good eye for the 2-3 science passages we went through. I recommended that she complete a practice test before next week in order to see her estimated score."
"We bounced around a lot between sections today (English, Math, Reading), and covered a number of different strategic approaches. While there were a few mistakes here and there, there wasn't anything that we got stuck on - a little expansion of the knowledge base, and all became well. The student's a smarty, so I'm sure she'll be noticing patterns and building a good knowledge base for the two-and-a-half weeks before our next meeting."
"Worked with the student on correcting mistakes from his English, Science, and Reading tests. He needs to read a bit more carefully with certain questions. But otherwise, he should have an improved score as he was clarifying many small questions in English."
"We were able to get some good review in. We went through a practice section that he completed, noting the strategies and formulas necessary to approach each problem. We then went through two more practice sections to round out the lesson. We have focused mainly on math so far, per the client's request."
"The student and I covered more practice test material, starting with some higher-level vocabulary questions from the prep book. He did well on the questions but is still limited by his vocabulary - his vocabulary study outside our sessions has been limited. We then discussed his essay performance and how to improve it for next time. We then worked on higher level math problems and I finished it up by asking him to complete the homework practice test from two weeks prior."
"This one hour session focused on his final preparatory steps for the student as he readies himself for the SAT exam on June 7 and 8. This session was a review of the basic history relating to the growth and development of Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Early Indian culture. The student requested that we recover the sections that dealt with the development of these early civilizations and how they continue to impact our modern society. Our next session will cover the development of Asian and South American cultures throughout history. This next session will be on Friday."
"We reviewed the practice test that the student took before this section. We discussed covalent bonding in depth, in particular polar covalent bonds (and the unique situation of the bonds within carbon dioxide). We also practiced stoichiometry questions and equilibrium problems. He is very bright and has a lot of chemistry to review before his test in 11 days."
"Did a practice Reading and Math test. Reading was good. Missed four mostly for not referencing the passage and relying on memory. Reviewed the essay she wrote before session: her contextualization and clarity of position is really improved. Still needs to work on word variety and noun-pronoun agreement. I assigned her another essay to focus specifically on variety of words."
"Today, the student and I went over the sample essay I had her prepare for this session. The student writes neatly and well but her essay needed a lot of work in the development area. I discussed improvements with her and gave her another essay to do, with the instructions that she should not worry about a time limit but should develop the essay thoroughly and then write it without revising. We also worked on the multiple choice English questions and she showed a pretty strong grasp of the mechanics-based problems. The "writing improvement" questions were more challenging and we spent some time discussing how to dissect those to find the correct answer. I've assigned her another section of English multiple choice to do for Thursday in addition to the essay."
"The student and I got to know each other and discussed his goals for himself. He would like to get a 30 or higher for scholarship money, and I appreciate his high expectations. We began by working on English. He does fine with most of the concepts and is very open to learning new techniques. His biggest challenges with this test are time and second-guessing himself. If I only give him 15-20 seconds to answer a question, he usually is able to come up with the correct answer. He needs to work on pacing and going with his instincts. We also covered science. When I limit how long he may spend on a question, once again, he is almost 100% right. I think he will see a lot of improvement if he remains this motivated and hardworking through the rest of our time together. An excellent way to start our sessions."
"For our first tutoring session we did a practice test, going through 15 or 20 questions at a time and looking back over them afterwards. The student did relatively well on most of the questions, though there were some pretty consistent problems with shapes, objects, and graphical questions. I compiled a list of tips for him to keep in mind as he takes his next practice test, and I also assigned him a few sections from the prep book to pay special attention to."
"The student and I went over the concepts tested in the SAT Math 1 subject test, and went over all of the practice questions. We discussed test-taking strategies and I encouraged him to look at prep books at his school library. I also told him to keep doing the math sections of the SAT practice tests in his book."