Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student sked to discuss the new ACT writing prompts. We examined and discussed at length the prompt in a PDF."
"The student and I went over his full length test today and attempted to diagnose some of his test pathologies. We determined that he must work on vocab using flashcards, and we want to continue to work on reading and writing primarily as he already does pretty well in math. We also need to continue to work on his test endurance/ coming out of the box quickly as his first few sections were markedly worse than the middle sections. I assigned another full length test for him to work on for our next lesson."
"We kept doing reading practice, and I'm trying to help him improve his speed. We tried a new strategy of skimming instead of fully reading, and this did help somewhat. I'm hoping more practice will help more."
"This was probably our final session due to the school year starting up. She was a wonderful student to both teach and be around. We covered the English and science portion of the ACT. For the English section she needs to be better at stripping the sentence down to see what sounds better. I know she can do well at this."
"In our first session since covering the SAT, we went over English, Science, Reading, and the essay. Overall, it looks like the ACT will prove to be the student's best test. Posting scores of 34 and 36 in English and Reading respectively, she's in a great place on the verbal sections. Although she started off having trouble with Science due to time requirements, after going over strategies she fared much better. It looks like we'll be spending most of our time prior to the test perfecting and maintaining her top-notch abilities."
"Today I just gave the student the full test, with the timing and proctoring exactly the way it will be on test day, and I'm going to grade it for next week. He already has the concepts and strategies down very well so getting a sense of the timing, not just per section but also the stamina required from start to finish, is important!"
"We started preparing for the March SAT by focusing on math. Several algebra techniques were practiced, including the "bowtie" method of cross-multiplying, cancelling units, and determining when to do problems by process of elimination."
"The student and I continued our practice of all the sections. She also did a full practice test. Her math and reading sections were both in the 600-670 range and writing was between 610 and 730. Her essay had a really good structure."
"To strengthen the student's knowledge in the lower-scoring areas indicated by their previous exam's diagnostic materials, the session was primarily dedicated to re-familiarizing her with a number of key mathematical concepts and their applications--more specifically, the laws of exponentiation and forms of evaluating exponential expressions, linear and quadratic algebraic applications to function notation, and rules of polygonal geometry, particularly as they relate to solving for variables in terms of other variables. In between drilled questions of these types, we returned to written language questions, where she demonstrated her strong vocabulary and sound command of grammatical convention. The session was concluded with select passage reading exercises from one of the textbook's practice exams."
"The student and I covered the essay in depth during this session, discussing proper format, potential topics she might encounter, and essay outlining strategies. We also reviewed her homework (primarily math) from the previous session, and also had a chance to go over some critical reading. She seems to be in pretty good shape with the verbal sections; math required more review, but she seems to be absorbing the new concepts we're working on very well. We also talked about general test-taking strategies (process of elimination, plugging in, etc.). Going into our two sessions this weekend, I think she will be in good shape for final review before her test date."
"The student got a 1780 on her January SAT, which was close to what she was getting on the practice tests, just slightly lower. She wants to break 1800, so she just needs a couple questions in each section. We worked on each of the three sections today. We started with a long writing multiple choice section. She was a little rusty but when we reviewed the questions, the rules came back to her. We then moved on to a critical reading section. She did very well with the vocabulary. The reading was a little tougher. We had to really break down the passage and go over questions. Finally we got to practice some math. She does pretty well with the easy to medium math questions. She said she doesn't always get to finish the last couple questions, but I think it's better for her to focus on getting all the earlier questions correct than to worry about finishing the section. She will do some additional practice sections for homework."
"We reviewed Reading passages and English passages and discussed strategies for improving accuracy and timing, especially on the Reading section. The student wants to complete three Reading passages and therefore must decrease her time to 5 minutes or less for reading and 7 minutes or less for question answering. Homework was to continue practicing Reading passages, especially with respect for time."