Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through a series of English questions that quizzed us on sets of rules that are key to know for the English portion of the ACT. He already was comfortable with most of the rules but we were able to find a few areas to make improvements. We learned about who/whom and I/me as well as few/less and some of the finer points of idioms. One of the key things was our discussion on how you can remove prepositional phrases to make the conjugation of verbs a lot more straightforward. We also learned about using the subjunctive. We finished up the session by doing some math for his SAT test."
"The student did an entire math section herself, answering about 93% of the questions correctly. She consistently demonstrates a keen intelligence and understanding which bodes very well for her going forward. For homework, I gave her additional reading material. I look forward to our next session!"
"We took practice tests to practice test-taking skills and pacing. He does very well on practice tests. For Wednesday he's going to work on learning specific trig skills that are often tested and on reading more throughout the week."
"We covered various math topics in this session, specifically going over the problems she had trouble with in the math section of a practice test from the ACT book. What seemed to be the most challenging problems were the ones involving patterns, but she seemed to be picking everything up pretty quickly."
"The student took the SAT yesterday and was feeling good about it, so we focused on the Science again since his ACT is this coming Saturday and that's the biggest difference between the two tests. During this session he did a math section and many science drills. I think he is very well prepared for his tests. We plan on meeting this coming Thursday so he's going to finish the science drills in one of his prep books."
"The student had completed an ACT English practice section prior to this session, so we spent most of the time going through that section. We went over the big three things that the testmakers always test: passive voice, redundancy, and subject-verb agreement. She then worked on another practice passage after we went over those things, which she did much better on!"
"Today we reviewed the Reading, Writing, and Science sections of the ACT. She has become much more confident and successful with the Science section. She had completed a Reading passage for homework and got 5/10 questions correct. Once I helped her break down the sentences, she was able to understand the passage and understand the reading much better. She was unfamiliar with some of the words in the passages, so she kept a list of unknown words with their definitions and I challenged her to use at least three of them everyday. We talked about strategies for the writing section and outlined an essay together, which she will write for homework."
"I gave him some general strategies for the test. Then we worked through 2 reading sections and 1 writing section. We talked briefly about how to approach the Science sections."
"During this session I went over a test that she had taken. She did pretty well overall. Her math and English scores were a little lower than they had been previously, but as we worked through the incorrect problems, it seems that she was just making small errors that were easily fixed. Her science and reading scores are showing improvement and are starting to become consistent which is very good."
"We worked on another practice Math and Science ACT. I showed her the basics of chemical equations and how to use that information to solve problems. I also mentioned certain ways for her to save time during the test."
"The student and I did another math section today. She seemed to do better than last time, but still struggled on word problems in which you need to break up the problem into parts. We went through more thought-process explanations and maybe that will help her. We also did one science passage, which she did well on."
"The student did extremely well on her practice ACT, keeping her 35 in Reading and improving on all of the other sections, for a composite score of 29! We reviewed what few mistakes there were and discussed ways to further avoid them, and I assigned another practice test for Thursday to make sure she can keep up this trend."