Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session began with a few practice Reading passages. The student does fairly well with accuracy, but we will need to continue to work to get her time down. Her reading speed is fair, but there are a few questions that she spends too long working on which hinders her time. We then looked at some mid-level difficulty Math problems. The student did fairly well on this, but needed help setting up some ratios and interpreting some of the questions. Next session, we will work on more of this mid-level Math as well as English and Science."
"This session was very productive. We started by going over general ACT test taking skills. We then looked at a few Science sections followed by an English and a Math section from an ACT she had previously taken. The student picked up on everything that was taught. Right now, I think she should focus on Math and Science and I think she agrees. She's smart and driven which will lead her to be successful in getting the score she wants!"
"This session we focused on the essay, because that is what the student needs to work on the most. (Mainly because he's so good at everything else!) We spent most of the time going over his essay about music and the internet. He needs to work on having concrete examples, being concise, and having a precise thesis backed by clear arguments and analysis. I suggested he look through all the other sample essays and try doing the prompts. He should also try to get feedback, preferably from his english teacher. I wish him the best of luck! He only really needs to work on time management and the essay."
"This session we spent our time going over the reading section of the ACT. We looked at the general information about the section in an ACT book and looked at the concepts that will be covered in the English section. The student picked out several concepts she wanted to focus on and we did practice problems of them on the online platform. We talked about ways to get through the section more quickly and efficiently, such as looking at the questions before you read the passage. Some of the concepts we looked at were making inferences based on the passages and how to use context to determine what the author might mean by a certain phrase."
"This session, I focused on writing errors, rather than grammatical or punctuation errors. The student does better on questions dealing with writing errors, but he still needs some work. He seems reluctant to think about the questions thoroughly, and when the first answer that he guesses is wrong, he tends to give up. He should try to persist, and remember to read the whole passage over again if he is having trouble. It would also be good for him to take up reading as a habit, so that he grows accustomed to the usage of certain words."
"This session, the student and I reviewed some ACT math questions and then spent the rest of the session completing the first section of the exam, the English test. We reviewed when to use semicolons and colons for about 15 minutes and I wrapped up the grammar lesson with a quiz on which she did very well (few to no errors). For homework, I am emailing over the full-length ACT practice test from which I pulled the English section questions for today's tutoring session. Her assignment is to complete the rest of the practice test and to review all grammar notes in the ACT prep book before we meet next week."