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Niles, IL PSAT tutoring
We started this session with a discussion of the reading passage (humanities) that the student completed for extra practice. We talked about trying to get through the reading faster, and not focusing too much on completely understanding everything about the passage. She then did a timed social science passage. She spent a lot of her time referencing back to the passage. We talked about instead using the passage to answer the first 5 questions per section, and answering the last 5 questions using mostly what she remembers from the reading. This seemed to work better, and she has 2 passages (extra practice) to work through using this strategy. Next we discussed science. She is doing better with timing and accuracy over all. We spent some time reviewing strategies for the comparative passage. She completed 2 examples of comparative passages. She has 3 science passages to work through for extra practice. Last, we spent some time on math. We worked through ~20 more problems and discussed how to dissect word problems as well as strategies to recognize ratio relationships vs other types of problem set ups.
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Niles, IL PSAT tutoring
The student and I began by working on the science section of the ACT. We worked on the questions for one science passage together, and I timed her as she worked through several more passages. We talked about ways to improve her timing. We talked about what to pay attention to in the science readings, and what to ignore. We also talked about looking at a question to see which chart or graph it referred to and how to read charts and graphs effectively. During the second part of the session, we worked on two reading passages. I timed her on the second passage. She showed a good understanding of the nonfictional passage. She will continue to time herself as she practices on her own.
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Niles, IL PSAT tutoring
We reviewed strategies for Sentence Completion and began covering strategies for Passage-Based Reading. Specifically, for PBR I stressed the importance of underlining the main idea, proper names of things and people, and opinion statements for quick reference when answering questions later on. I asked the student to do half an hour of SAT prep work a day from the SC and PBR passages, focusing on employing the proper strategies rather than test timing, for when we meet next time.
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