Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed some differences between the ACT and SAT (the student will be taking both, though our sessions are focused on the ACT). We also completed a reading exercise, reviewed testable math material, and practiced a couple writing exercises. She has never had any exposure to the ACT, but took the PSAT in the spring of this year. She understands the material. She struggled the most with vocabulary-related questions and also needs to work on finding examples for her essay arguments."
"The student is already well-prepared for taking the SAT this coming Saturday, and just needs a quick brush up on the reading comprehension and grammar questions. We started with looking at some grammar questions from the beginning of the book. She said that the hardest parts of the grammar section are the questions where you have to choose which underlined part of the sentences are incorrect. We then spent some time looking at the critical reading part of the test. I showed her some passages that had either a sarcastic, gloomy or persuasive tone, and told her ways to help her identify what type of tone was in each of them. For homework tonight, I gave her a couple of pages from the "finding sentence errors" part of the book for her to work on. They mainly involve rewriting sentences to make sure the placement of the participial phrase doesn't obscure the meaning of the entire sentence. I also told her to have an essay for me to look at tomorrow, to see if I can give any advice on the way she writes."
"The student is a smart and personable young man and should do fine on his US History test. He received an A in his AP History test in high school, and did well on the diagnostic tests. Good for him for having found the time to take them; that was valuable. We spent the first hour or so going over strategy for taking the test. Then we went over his diagnostic tests and some of the practice tests. I left him a three part plan for between now and the test Saturday: 1. Try to get access to the testing room and study for the test there. 2. Of the 227 practice tests, go over those related to the areas he did weakest on the diagnostic tests. Then 3. Do some practice tests from the areas he did better on. He's going to try to study at least 1 1/2 hours each of the next three nights on US History and for his American Literature tests he's taking. There is no penalty for a wrong answer on the SATII test, so we emphasized the student pacing himself to get to all the questions, then leave time to come back to the ones he's circled as being unsure of. He should take the practice tests as if they were the real thing, budgeting his time, giving each question at least 30-40 seconds. When he goes over his answers he should go over the one's he got right as well as the ones he missed, so he understands the reasons for the answers. If he does these things, and I know he will, he should do fine on his test(s). I enjoyed the time together, and we both seemed to think it was valuable."