Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I talked about his needs and concerns for the test. It looks like Math and Science are going to be the sections that could be most improved, and possibly English. We went over general test taking strategies and also got through most of one of the Math sections in the ACT prep guide. I think the student would benefit most from slowing down and taking time to not make little mistakes. He will finish the math section for next time."
"We worked through a Science practice test together and the student took one on her own. We also worked on specific math skills."
"This session we covered more math concepts including solving for functions within functions, trigonometry, and geometry. A big part of what we are attempting to do right now is to build problem-solving strategies like breaking down a big, complicated problem and figuring out the first small, simple step that we can do, then working from that step to the next small step, until we finally have figured out the big problem. He showed signs of growth in this area by the end of the session. I am giving him a practice test to work on before our next session."
"Today the student and I worked on science practice tests. We worked on making inferences based on graph and chart trends. We worked on some strategies for interpreting data and using the question and answers to locate the most important information to focus on in the passage. He wanted to take a break from science at this point, so we did some English work, focusing on errors in modifier placement within sentences. He did really well at this concept."
"We began today's session with vocabulary review. The student did quite well on it. I introduced new vocabulary words and asked him to come up with a list of 10 new words he was not familiar with for our next session. We reviewed verbs, tenses and agreement, and completed 20 ACT English exam questions. We discussed writing notes next to the question and breaking it down into smaller steps. when he tried that strategy he was successful. We covered test preparation and tips for the exam on the 7th. Overall, he did well. For the next session I will bring him additional math practice problems."
"Today we completed half of a math section timed and a complete English section timed. We reviewed both of these. I also constructed a list of reminders of some of the most important rules we have gone over in our sessions for the student to review right before the exam next week."
"We covered problem sets in science, English, and reading. The most difficult questions were ones that drew on understanding of physical science concepts as well as reading questions with nearly-correct wrong answers."
"The student and I went over results from her first practice test, which she did well on. She struggled a bit with math, so we went over specific problems for that. She also looked at some science, although she did very well on science on the practice test. Finally, we did a practice essay so she can be more comfortable with the writing section."
"The student and I were able to work on ACT reading this week. We did 10 questions from each type of passage. I suggested she find an app or website that will help her practice ACT vocab, as knowing the words in the questions will be the best way to answer them correctly (rather than having to rely on context). At the end of the session, we briefly talked about how to spend this last week preparing for the test itself."
"Today we decided that we would work on all areas of two types of college entrance exams with a slight focus on reading. This session we worked on reading passages as well as overall tips and tricks for the one type of test. The student did great today! I look forward to working with her and seeing her improve!"
"The student and I talked about how to find the slope and y-intercept of a line, and how to interpret the equation of a line in order to plot that line on a graph. We also worked through some problems that involved using these concepts, as well as using the distance formula to find the distance between two points. He worked through some practice math problems while being timed and the we discussed them. We also did some science questions and focused on interpreting graphs."
"We talked about sections the student had questions about from the last time she took the college entrance exam, and then went over several practice sections online. She definitely has the knowledge to excel at the math and English sections, and the main work she needs there is extra practice to make sure she's comfortable with the pressure and time restrictions of the actual test. She needs the most work in science and reading comprehension, and on top of trying to get through a whole practice test each week leading up to the April exam, I've suggested that she try and do at least one extra science or reading comp each week."