Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Over the weekend, the student took a timed ACT practice test. We reviewed his scores, and went over different problems he encountered. His reading section in particular showed great improvement. Using the accompanying score table, it showed a 27 on the reading section. His English scores and science scores didn't show as much improvement at 22 and 21 respectively. The math score was inaccurate, as he had previously reviewed that particular test's math section. He is completing a timed math section for our Thursday session. While his science scores didn't show a lot of improvement, he admits that he ran out of time and had to guess on the entire last section. Up until that point though his answers show that he had only missed 6 questions total. I think if we are able to improve his time management, the score will reflect it. When we reviewed the last 2 sections, he was able to correctly answer all the questions. For the remainder of the session, we discussed English in particular. Then we discussed different strategies to stay focused and again addressed different grammar rules to keep in mind. For extra practice for Thursday he has a math section to work through timed."
"The student and I went over the practice test she took over the weekend; she did a great job on it! We answered questions she missed in it, then we focused on more practice in particular sections."
"The student and I began the session by going through the science questions she had done for homework that she had gotten wrong. Some of these were pretty tricky, but she had done a great job, and afterward she understood why the right answers were correct. We walked through eliminating answers that were immediately wrong so that if she is pressed for time it is easier to guess. We also talked about how sometimes inferring something from the experiment is just looking for it expressed in the first few sentences. The test typically doesn't expect you to make complicated inferences. I then had her complete about 20 reading questions using a few passages I had printed out. I timed her (about 20 minutes-half the typical questions and time given), and she did great! She only ended up getting one wrong! And it was only because she had read the question incorrectly. She also practiced the time saving tricks I had showed her-tackling all the easy questions first before even reading the passages--flipping around to start with what came naturally. This is starting to work better for her. We then did a few English problems just to refresh her memory (she does best with this section), and then began another math test. She did better this time remembering more algebra concepts and used the cheat sheet of formulas I asked her to make. For homework before next week she is going to do another full math test, as well as a full reading test I printed out for her. She is going to time herself for both."