Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed math topics and general issues with the SAT. The student understood the method well and can comprehend the subjects being asked. It seems that he has a little test anxiety since he instantly understands every question after we review it together. I gave him a practice set of problems to review before our next session."
"The student and I began the tutoring with a quick look at some more vocabulary words for him to learn. He then mentioned that he had realized over winter break that he was forgetting some of the grammar points I had been teaching him, so we spent the rest of the session going over grammar questions (rather than critical reading questions, which we had been focusing on before the break). One question he had in particular was how to choose the correct answer when each of the possible answers consists of only a few words. He did remember that an answer that includes the word "being" will always be wrong (yay!). I helped him understand why the rest of the answer choices there were right or wrong. Another grammar thing we looked at was the different spellings irregular verbs have in different tenses. I promised to bring a list of irregular verbs with me next week, and we'll work on those some more then. Finally, we looked at the differences between adjectives and adverbs again. I hope that going over the two types of words enough times will help him know immediately which one should be used. Because he hadn't done the homework I assigned to him last time, his homework for next week is the same: to write an essay, answer some critical reading questions, and to learn the vocabulary we went over in this session. I also encouraged him to keep learning all the words his English class assigns, because the more words he learns overall, the better trained he'll be."
"Today we focused mainly on the English section of the ACT, covering mistakes from a diagnostic test I had assigned the student after our previous session. We went over the mistakes that she had made and worked with semi-colons, colons, apostrophes and verb tenses. The second part of the session I introduced the student to graphing simple functions like y=x and y=-x, as well as y=x+5."