Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a good final session discussing strategies for the writing and science sections of the ACT and reviewing all the techniques we've worked on for the test as a whole. She had written a good practice essay for our session which we reviewed together; she has a good ability to come up with and present evidence for an argument, so now her task is just to strengthen her structure and remain more concrete in her argument. We discussed the importance of making sure each paragraph has a central theme and ensuring that the final paragraph shows persuasively how her evidence adds up to her final claim (answering the key questions). After writing, we turned to science. She continues to do well with questions that ask her to draw information directly from the text or from charts. Her ability to extrapolate has increased dramatically over the past few sessions -- she's making much better inferences based on the data given. Her success on this section depends on 1) ensuring that she's reviewed all the important concepts for the test, 2) practicing the timing of the science, and 3) ensuring that she's able to think concretely about what effect different conditions or variables might have. She is in good shape for the test, but it's important that she keep reviewing up to her September test date, and especially that she take at least one test in its entirety in a single sitting. We've established an excellent foundation for her, but to truly do well, she needs to follow up on our work with some additional practice!"
"The student had finished up the English section from last time so we began the session by going over any questions she had missed. We talked about comma usage since that was a small challenge for her. We decided then to work on math as there weren't any pressing English issues. We started by reviewing the stuff from previous sections she felt unfamiliar with (notably Trig). Once we had finished reviewing, we tackled another practice section. There were a few geometry problems and while the first gave her trouble, but as we progressed, she definitely got the hang of it. We'll continue with the math section next time and likely work on a little more English or reading."
"The student and I started by going over her results from the April ACT. She was not completely happy with her results, but said that it was her first time taking the test and she did not finish any of the sections in the given time. We both looked over her scores and after looking at the percentiles and talking with other numerous students this test was a difficult one but her percentiles tells me that she did very well being in the 91% or math, 89% for English, 89% for Science, 89% for Writing and 69% for reading. She will be taking the ACT in September and again in October. She wants to work on increasing her scores but focusing on timing, quick reviews of the general knowledge and tests, and working on her essay. She used all the strategies we worked on before (crossing out, underlining, rereading, skipping around, etc.). We are going to look up the schools she wants to go to and see what scores she needs, and then set some goals regarding her scores."