Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on essay planning and writing. I taught the approach for formulating advanced thesis statements."
"Today the student and I reviewed a section each of math, reading, and grammar. I encouraged the student to trust her good instincts when she chooses an answer. Once she does so, she will be more comfortable with the test and more successful overall."
"Student and I began this session by reviewing the math problems she completed for homework. She did a great job on these, and though she had trouble with a few, she was able to successfully complete most of them on her own after looking back at the problems and breaking them down. Next, we worked on some more math practice problems together. She had an easy time with most of these, but she made a few small mistakes, so she must remember to read problems carefully and solve them slowly and deliberately. I am definitely beginning to notice her test-taking confidence rising. Next, we began to work on the passage-based reading section. We talked about the differences between active reading and passive reading, and then we practiced active reading on sample passages and completed some associated practice problems. She did very well on this, but more practice will allow her to move through passages even more quickly and answer questions even more accurately. Next week we will continue working on the critical reading and math sections, and if time allows, we will also begin prepping for the writing multiple choice. For homework, we agreed that she would completed a full-length practice exam, applying all of the strategies that we have worked on so far. If she wants to do additional homework, she can complete more practice problems in the book."
"The student and I did the Science and English portions of the ACT today. We talked a bit about what kinds of questions she was struggling with and the strategies she should use to overcome those difficulties. She took a timed SAT and a practice ACT, both of which can be increased. Next time, we'll finish with Math and RC."
"The student and I discussed his recent Practice SAT results and decided to focus on reading passages and geometry for review. We'll continue working on those areas of the test next week as well as continuing to work on his essay writing skills."
"The student and I discussed how his other SAT class was going, and strategies that were working for him in that class and those that did not. While his instructor was able to intuit how to break down an algebra problem, the student felt like practice with the longer method would help him in the long run. We worked through problems he did not understand, and started working through the calculator portion of another SAT test. Finally, we went over questions he had concerning the grammar portion of a test he had worked through in class, focusing on what the test maker is looking for and the rules they are trying to exhibit. This was a great session!"