Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the students and I first started by working on two reading passages. The students showed that they understood the main ideas in each passage well. In both passages, the students did a good job answering questions about the passage as a whole and about concrete details. However, both students had more trouble with questions about the author's intent and about making inferences using specific words, phrases, and paragraphs. We practiced thinking about the difference between one answer choice and another, as well as using context to decide on an answer. But, the students should remember to first focus on the line cited in a question, and only read the surrounding lines to clarify ambiguity. The students should also remember that though an answer may not contain the exact words found in a question or in the text, it can still be right if it matches the general intent of the text. In the second part of the session, we worked on two passages from the science section. I timed the students as they worked on each section. Both students felt somewhat rushed by the time limit - they finished the questions for the first passage, but were not able to finish the questions for the second passage. They did well in reading and comparing information from charts and graphs, but had more trouble with questions involving making inferences and about hypothetical situations related to the experimental setup. We talked about questions involving the assumptions in the experiment, hypotheticals, and proportions. Reading each of the questions carefully and calmly may help the students, since usually, simple relationships underlie terminology which might seem complicated at first glance. Finally, at the end of the session, we talked briefly about the optional ACT essay and what it requires. If they decide to complete the essay, they should write a few timed practice essays beforehand."
"We reviewed material that is covered on the math and grammar section of the ACT, going over small practice problems and additional practice problems that I came up with. Both girls seem confident in their abilities in these two sections."
"The student and I did a diagnostic test to assess her level, and we went over the questions she answered incorrectly."