Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In the interest of continuity and the student's confidence with the material, I scheduled the first half of this session to take one more look at math before we moved on. We did guided practice with half of one ACT math section, distributing the practice among easy, moderate, and difficult questions of algebra and geometry. With the right prompting, she was able to solve even the more involved word problems. Her ability to calculate and apply formulas is excellent - our goal will be for her to feel assertive in reading more difficult presentations of math concepts and identifying how to solve them. I'd like to do more math work before the test, but now we are in a much better position quantitatively and qualitatively than before. We used the second half to discuss how to approach the English section and move through exercises testing foundational skills. The student has a good mind for applied abstraction, so I encouraged her to think about exactly what each grammar rule was trying to accomplish, and how that looked in actual sentences. We practiced correcting sentences with errors in each relevant punctuation mark, as well as properly matching verb forms to subjects. The student was able to explain why she chose each answer, and asked insightful questions (which she then used to adjust) about when and why to apply certain rules. Framing English as a rule-based system brings out the best in her Q&A abilities, so I feel encouraged moving forward with what was thought to be a weak spot."
"Since today was our first lesson, we went over the student's ACT goals. He would like to score in the upper 20's, which is possible given his performance on today's practice. We did English and Math today, and next week we will do Reading and possibly Science."
"Today's session with both students was very productive. They both did all their homework and performed well on it, especially considering we haven't covered all the topics in the assigned questions. After reviewing the homework we covered two chapters in the test prep book on the Reading section. We talked about passage order of difficulty and how to manage time. We talked about process of elimination and how to find the "least bad answer." We also discussed active reading, which involves underlining, highlighting, or circling relevant portions of the passage. n the sample passage we did both students missed a few questions, and we discussed how the ACT writers can sometimes be tricky in their wording of answer choices. We also covered a full chapter in the English section and discussed punctuation, complete and incomplete thoughts, and the value of conjunctions. Finally we discussed the plugging in principle in algebra word problems. For homework I assigned the two a little Reading, Math, and English homework in the book."