Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through a math section together. I also worked with her on uploading programs to her calculator and how to access them."
"Today we worked on the reading section. The student was struggling with timing and comprehension. We did a thorough overview of strategies for reading and answering the questions. Good luck on Saturday!"
"The student and I went over some reading and writing sections and ended doing some math. He has become good at identifying when to skip and is performing beyond expectations in reading. Writing--particularly identifying sentence errors--is the biggest issue, but we went over strategies for getting around them, like skipping. I assigned work for next week."
"The student is reviewing some old chemistry material for an upcoming final, so we discussed atomic physics for a while. She says she is confident she can relearn the rest on her own. I think she is better at this stuff than she claims, but she will try to think of additional questions for when we meet again this Saturday. We also discussed several problems related to half lives, a topic that she had some trouble conceptualizing. I think she has a much better grasp of the subject, but she still seems hesitant to put pencil to paper. Yesterday's review of logarithms certainly helped make the conversation more comprehensible."
"Great job with all subject areas! The student answered every question correctly in the reading and math achievement sections, and in the quantitative section, missed 5 questions. We did the toughest verbal portion today, the synonyms, and this is his only weak area; he still does a good job of narrowing answer choices down, but ultimately, the more vocab he studies between now and the test, the better."
"We spent today lecturing over several topics that we determined were areas of weakness during our last session. We went over equations and strategies for logarithms, sequences, circles, combinations and permutations, inequalities, and several other topics. We also took a brief look at the results of the diagnostic the student took after our last session. We will begin our next session reviewing it. We will also go over imaginary numbers, Venn diagram problems, and induction and deduction. He will also take a fourth diagnostic exam between now and our next session to get additional practice and determine whether he retained knowledge from the lecture."
"In this session, we went over the math section of the exam. The student seemed to have a bit more difficulty than she normally does. While we did go over some very difficult questions and she was able to answer some of these without much assistance, there were instances where she didn't quite know how to solve a problem. It seems that she has most difficulty with questions that require the student to create algebraic expressions from text. It is often difficult to convert words into variables and expressions, so I hope to go over problems like this in our future sessions. We then went over a few shorter reading passages, which she did rather well with. The problems she seems to have the most trouble with involve inferring the meaning of vocabulary from the context of the passage. Overall, she seems to have become much more comfortable with interpreting reading passages and using her interpretations to guide her answer choices."
"The student and I reviewed and practiced the algebra concepts we discussed last time. She keeps getting confused by negative numbers so we spent some time just practicing those sorts of problems. After some practice I could see she was starting to get the hang of it. She also has significantly improved in basic algebra skills especially simplifying complex expressions and correctly using the distributive property. After reviewing algebra, we moved on to ratios and proportions. She has used ratios in school before, but we went in more detail and used different problems than she had done before. We worked through a number of problems together and I also had her practice some on her own."
"In the past two sessions we have focused on geometry, which is a brand new subject for the student. We work through concepts and problems simultaneously. We have been working on shapes, angles, Pythagorean theorem, etc. He appears to be learning the material well, and is understanding the concepts at the slower pace we are working. His mother says he feels very comfortable working with me and enjoys working with me. She is also happy with the progress."
"I met with the student who had received his PSAT scores back. First, we discussed what the scores meant (especially since the SAT/PSAT just changed) and how to start looking forward toward colleges. After I shared with him and his parents an overview of what to start considering, he and I worked on a broad picture of his upcoming tests, how to pursue colleges, and how to start setting himself up for moving beyond college. The rest of our time was spent working on some math and physics concepts: projectile motion, vector components, and a few other topics. Overall, he seems to be a bright, hardworking young man. I believe he will do very well on his future standardized tests, and I believe he'll be successful in college and beyond."
"The student did an excellent job in today's session! In addition to working through a fair number of ACT writing questions, he asked some great questions about the structure of the test and strategies for taking the test. We spoke for a few minutes about testing anxiety, and how he feels that this is something he experiences. However, we agreed that since the ACT "doesn't count," aside from determining his TiP placement, he will likely be able to take the test without too much anxiety. During today's session, he did a wonderful job with slowing down and reading the questions, and as a result he made fewer errors than in previous sessions. He said he felt confident after today's session."
"We reviewed the sections of practice test #3 that the student did for today. He got about 50% on both, but hopefully his scores will improve if he puts more time in this weekend. For next session, I asked him to complete test #3 and also do test #10. We finished the session with a review of the essay portion. I had him do a practice essay. He had some trouble establishing a full argument, so we talked about other strategies he could have used."