Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on rewriting a timed writing essay completed in class. The essay needed several revisions, but over time the writing will improve. She made great strides just in the first writing session."
"We focused on the verbal reasoning section of the test, and specifically the synonym questions. We practiced strategies for when she knows the definition of the stem word, such as writing down her own definition before looking at the answer choices and also remembering she may have to change her definition (such as from a noun to a verb)."
"The student is going to need extra help memorizing some of the basic equivalencies (fractions, percentages, decimals). This will be invaluable for him on the test. We are working on flash cards to build up his knowledge."
"We got a cool breakout room and did LSAT stuff for 2 hours. I think everything went pretty well, and the student's last test went better than his previous 3 by 6 points, so that is definitely good. Now we've got 6 down and 13 more to go before we hit that 160 mark."
"More final review. Kept working on rational and exponential because he doesn't feel as comfortable in those areas as he does in logarithms and conics. We did some review of those at the end of the session though."
"Today the student and I focused again on Science, Math, and the natural science passages of the reading section. It's very clear to me that she understands almost all of the math topics and how to read the graphs in the science section. Her trouble is taking enough time to read the entire question and understand what they are asking. If she can do that, she knows how to do all of the math and where to find the science answers in the passages. If she can slow herself down when she does each question, she'll do very well."
"The student and I reviewed questions from the math practice test. Then, we discussed types of questions asked in the reading section of the ACT. She took a reading section practice test, and we went over any incorrect answers."
"I brought a few worksheets that we used to sharpen up her skills in important areas. She now feels confident that she can use this if such questions arise on the test. We continued to work through sections of practice tests together. She will write an essay before our next session."
"The student and I first discussed the essay, coming up with an outline for a sample essay. Toward the end, I could see she had a much clearer idea of the points she needed to make. We then proceeded to work on synonyms strategies. We started off with a simple strategy of defining the given word, then moved on to placing the word in context, doing positive/negative associations, Finally, we looked at a vocab list in her test prep book and set off which ones she needed to learn."
"The student and I cleaned up the raw data on the spreadsheet she received for her final project. We basically separated donor levels into different tiers and talked on ideas to write about on the final report."
"The student reviewed division of polynomials, solving word problems with quadratic equations & identifying extraneous solutions, finding domain, range & asymptotes, writing exponential functions, writing piece-wise functions, transformation & reflection of figures, etc."
"She took a practice test where she did much better than last time. We need to work on number manipulation so that it stays fresh in her mind."