Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued with SAT math as we had done last time. We began by going over some of the questions that she had attempted on her own and still felt a little shaky on. As we had finished up Pre-Algebra, we began working on Algebra 1. She was comfortable with most of the material present in the section, if a touch rusty. We covered systems, exponentials, roots, factoring, inequalities, absolute value, and word problems. She was a little unsure here and there but after just a quick review and Q&A she seemed to be up to speed on the material. As always we worked through the harder problems in the sections to see how she feels about the most complicated problems. We finished up the session by running through the first 3 sections in the 'special math' section: New term/symbol, mean/median/mode, and numerical reasoning problems. She was very familiar with the first two and the third is a very unique, logic driven style of problem that we will continue to cover next time. She mentioned that she would work a bit on her own to make sure she is comfortable with the material we had covered and would review some of the topics/questions that I pointed out as being especially useful."
"We began this session by engaging a review of all of the vocabulary words we had worked on to date. The student has been consistently strong in our Vocab work, and this review was similarly successful. We will continue to press forward in our vocabulary work, as a stronger familiarity with common words will do nothing but help his chances of succeeding on the critical reading section. After this was concluded, we spent time preparing for the upcoming practice exam on Saturday. We talked through the create your own passage question. For the most part the results of this exercise were encouraging, but we continued to work on refining an understanding on why specific questions are chosen and why certain answers are considered to be stronger than others. We worked on these areas of focus on the passage I had assigned, and then I gave him a new passage which we worked on together in the session. Finally, we spent time talking through the results of a practice session he had completed for our last session. This was a nice way to revisit some of the processes we have been working on, and it was the final idea we revisited before the end of the session."
"To begin this session, I had the student complete the first 30 questions of the ACT English diagnostic test. He completed the questions in 15 minutes, which was on track with the time requirements for the exam. He did not show significant proficiency in any one of the concept areas, nor did he show significant weakness in any one area. We also talked holistically about what to expect on the ACT, and specifically what content would be covered in each of the sections. The second assessment we completed this session was the ACT English Other Phrase, Clause, and Sentence Errors practice test. Some of the questions that were on this test we had gone over last week, and he answered all of these correctly. This test had 26 questions, and he completed them in an appropriate time frame. We went through each of these questions individually to discuss the correct answers. For homework, I asked him to take any practice tests he would like and to send me the score reports as he completes them. I also encouraged him to use the flashcards provided on the practice website."
"The student and I did a comprehensive review of the central dogma of biology and molecular genetics today. Much of this material was new to him, so we will continue to go over this subject to get his understanding well established. We also reviewed photosynthesis and some classical genetics. His goal for the next week is to go over and do the problems for Chapters 11-13. We discussed the timeline for completing all of the review over the next several weeks and then doing comprehensive review and practice tests after that leading up to exam day. He seems to be okay with the preparation timeline."
"The student and I did a cumulative review of the topics we covered in calculus to date in anticipation of his start of school. This included limits, continuity, and the definition of the derivative."
"The student and I did reading tests together. I gave her some tips for answering questions. She is doing well, and today she had a higher percentage correct than she has in the past. Her homework is to keep reading in her SAT book to p.350."