Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the first hour working on math. This section was on elementary algebra. The student definitely needs to review these topics, but he seems to remember the topics once we refresh them. Mainly, we need to work on his confidence and trusting his instincts. The second hour, we worked on English. He did much better with this section. We worked on easy, medium, and tough practice problems. He did very well with the easy section, but had more difficulty with the harder ones. Again, I think more practice will help."
"The student and I worked through approximately 35 ACT math problems focused on algebraic expressions, number sequences, percents & fractions, and geometric concepts such as area and perimeter. She was generally able to complete similar problems after seeing a question worked out, and we are working on her ability to set problems up and execute them correctly on her own. Our next session is scheduled for tomorrow."
"Session Summary: Discussed English homework; covered the new writing prompt and how to structure essay to meet the requirements; read through essay samples to understand scoring; briefly discussed reading and science strategies; reviewed general ACT strategies."
"Today the student and I finished going over the remaining hard-level questions in the prep book for math and writing. He performed extraordinarily well with writing, having only a single problem with one of the questions. In math he did excellently with the book, which led us to transition to a new book. In the new book he did a great job as well. He should be in the best position for the SAT he could be."
"Since the exam is coming soon, we decided to try a full (or almost full) exam. The student did well over all. She had also received her PSAT scores. She did well on this too, but her weakest score was with the writing portion of the exam, and that was borne out in our practice session as well. Our goal next week is to continue practicing and reviewing, but we will spend some extra time on the sentence correction portion of the exam, since this is the area in which she is weakest."
"The student completed a different practice section in his book from the one I assigned him, but it had the advantage of illustrating some weak points in his knowledge of geometry. It turned out he needed some review of the properties of triangles and quadrilaterals. He actually got some lucky guesses, but there were several occasions where he did not realize he had to use the Pythagorean theorem or misidentified the hypotenuse as the leg, etc. I strongly advised him to use estimation when possible, as he has acute spatial thinking even if his knowledge of the formulas is not there. He'll also need to plug in values when possible to solve questions with more than one possible answer (Roman numeral questions)."
"We worked on SAT practice problems for our session, focusing on number theory and algebra and functions. I introduced the student to the use of function notation and went over some of the differences between taking an academic math test and taking a standardized math test."
"Today, we completed most of another practice AP Calculus AB exam in preparation for the student's CLEP test on Friday. I also left the student with the rest of the exam to finish for extra practice, and a study sheet resource that has all of the equations necessary for the exam."
"The student was great. We focused on SAT critical reading and writing. We had a huge variety of topics/ questions for practice problems in those areas. We spoke about grammar rules as well as how to make educated guesses with vocabulary words. She did not always know the correct answer for tough grammar rules or hard vocabulary, so we went over some grammar as well as some tips for vocab. She didn't exactly "struggle" with anything; she just needed extra practice. She has an excellent attitude! She's motivated, responsive, and polite. We went over general reading strategies (skimming, underlining, etc.) as well as specific topic tips (like vocab). I sent her a link to the SAT Question of the Day webpage. I told her that if she wants extra work, she can find an email service/ phone app that will send her a vocabulary word each day. She can also do the SAT Question of the Day online. Great job!"
"The student and I spent today's lesson going over a diagnostic test that he took after our previous session. He had a fair number of questions wrong on the test, so we determined several areas that we wanted to focus on based on the parts he had problems with. We went through the questions and after going over the correct answers and the methods to determine them, we decide that Friday's session should focus on the following areas: logarithms, sequences, circles and inequalities on the coordinate plane, inverse functions and relations, direct and inverse variation, distance and time problems, properties of composite and prime numbers, combinatorics, and percentage word problems. Between now and the next session, he will take the next math diagnostic exam to determine if there are any additional areas we want to focus on. Our next session will be spent going over the key equations and problem-solving strategies for the areas of weakness we identified."
"The student and I reviewed the subjects his mom gave me. Topics for history included monopolies/corporations in the late 1800s, Ford's assembly line, the light bulb and telephone, railroads, immigration at the turn of the century, trusts, and Rockefeller. For math we talked about systems of inequalities, word problems with 2 variables, and scatter plots. He definitely has a solid grasp of all these topics."
"Today we worked on Quantitative Comparison problems, utilizing some strategies that might save time and help identify some problems that appear trickier than they seem. The student did awesome. He asked questions and actually showed me a different way he solved a problem but we both got the correct answer. We ended up on problem 19 but due to the difficulty of this problem, I'd like to start from there on Friday. Great job today!"