Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Continued focusing on the Math section of the ACT, particularly on word problems. The student should keep practicing in general for all sections of the test. He should come prepared to the next session with questions regarding the any problems he reviewed. Next session, we will focus on the English or Reading section of the test."
"Today we finished reviewing English grammar, including apostrophes, relative clauses, and commas. The student completed a practice English test in which she scored 64/75, a scaled score of approximately 28. This score demonstrated good progress. We also began to work on pacing for Reading, and she began a practice Reading section (current score 14/20). The area of greatest challenge today was rhetoric and identifying author intent, so we will focus on these skills in our next session. I suggested that she finish another practice Reading test before next week."
"Today, she got the SAT book that I recommended. It has a 3 month schedule in it, so we planned on following that as our schedule. After reviewing more fundamental SAT and test-taking skills, we went over two of the practice sections that she did at home. We then briefly went over the ratio, fraction, percentage, and probability sections of the book since she was having a little difficulty mastering those concepts. Finally, we worked through another math section together in another book. I assigned her the rest of the math section and an entire other section over the course of the next week. If she has time, she will also try to do another section of the SAT, of any subject."
"We focused on the science section today, and practiced pacing by precisely timing practice passages and then discussing questions in depth. The student has an exceptional ability to grasp the science passages, however, time pressure continues to be a challenge. I think focusing on staying within the time limits and practicing rigorously will be a huge help."
"We talked about the student's former tests and in what areas she would like to improve for her upcoming tests. First, we talked about test taking strategies for each section of the ACT. After that, we focused on English and identified a couple common areas of weakness: colons vs. semicolons, who vs. whom, accept vs. except. Finally, we talked briefly covered the Science Reasoning and Reading sections of the ACT. I will be sending a diagnostic test for English and Reading."
"Today we focused on reading comprehension material and then reviewed an essay written by the student. The student took another practice exam and scored consistently or better than last time in all areas. I've asked him to complete another ACT practice exam in full and to review some more vocabulary that I will be sending to him. There were no concerns for this session."
"After going over some work the student had done for today's session and seeing the issues that were holding him back, I decided that it would be very helpful to review basic Pre-Algebra concepts, such as order of operations, FOIL multiplication, taking squares of an expression in parenthesis, multiplication/division conversion, converting mixed numbers to fractions, and dealing with multiple variables in an expression. I went through these topics with practice problems and exercises and then had him apply them to several test questions."
"It was great seeing the student again today. We had really productive session. We worked through the questions the student had about the reading homework from last week. We then moved on to new material for this week, working through the science and English sections. The student did really well on these sections, and I think we will move on to timing next week. For next time, I'd like the student to finish the English section we were working on today."
"The student and I went through genetics topics today. She had trouble remembering some of the finer points, but she caught on fast. I have very high expectations for the student on her upcoming test. I left her with some Hardy Weinberg and Punnett square problems for next time."
"We worked on grammar mainly and did writing practice sections. The student's practice tests indicate that although we should keep working to improve her grammar, she seems to be making great progress."
"Today we worked on SAT math, ACT English, and ACT science. The student is showing good progress; the highlight of the session was perhaps when she was able to work out a complex problem in which she had to calculate the number of integers under 100 that would appear in a 50-term sequence. For next week, she is going to complete some ACT math questions."
"We worked through the sections in the student's practice book on graphs, probability, exponents, and miscellaneous problem types. I was able to explain a few types of problems he never really understood before. He did really well with the graphs (even though he said he normally struggled with them). Whenever he would get flustered with a problem, I would make him stop solving it, tell me about something he enjoyed, and then we would come back to it because he tends to get flustered and stop thinking logically. Once he takes a step back, he usually does know how to solve the problem."