Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got his most recent ACT results back. He seems to be progressing very well in our sessions. Yesterday, the student and I continued working through an English section. We discussed parts of speech and identified how to use punctuation with different kinds of phrases. He took some good notes and was able to summarize most of it back to me at the end of our session. This makes me optimistic for improvement in the future. We then did some practice with math questions and reading questions. In two timed exercises, the student got a perfect 10/10 both times. I'm very pleased!"
"Our primary focus in this session was on writing. We discussed outlining essays on a variety of ACT topics, and discussed general strategies for this section. We also reviewed English, focusing especially on grammar and organization. We also did math, reading, and science."
"The student completed Reading (17/40) and Science (24/40) sections since our last meeting. He had more difficulty with this reading section than he has in the past, so we spent time going over most of the questions and reiterating strategies to find the correct answers. He had some difficulty on questions about specific details from the passages, so I had him practice creating a mental timeline of the events in a passage in order to quickly find where things occurred. On science, he did an excellent job on most of the question types. The majority of his missed questions came from the end of the test when he was short on time. We discussed strategies regarding when to guess or skip questions in order to find more questions he can do quickly. We finished by going over the SAT, as his mother requested we do a brief overview to prepare him for his test in two weeks. We briefly discussed each section, identifying general strategies and highlighting the differences from the ACT."
"Nice job today! We went over a large amount of math problems and the student was able to solve most of them. He should do well on the math section if he performs that consistently on the real test. We also did some science passages in which he was able to identify information from the passages very well."
"We reviewed the math and science the student practiced for homework. We also did a quick review of how to convert logarithms to exponents and vice versa, as well as some logarithm properties. We also discussed substituting real numbers in for variables when unsure how to solve a specific type of problem. She will review some English before her test at school on Tuesday."
"Since this was our first meeting, we spent the first bit of the session talking about how his last test went and what he was most comfortable with. He said his hardest section was science, so we spent the first hour of the session working on that. We are working on developing strategies for him on that section, and I think we made progress. Next we worked on the math, and he seems to have a good grasp of the concepts necessary to succeed. We ended on a few notes about the English portion, which we'll continue to work on. Next week we'll spend more time on the science and start working on the reading section."
"During today's session, the student and I concluded our walk-through of the ACT with the reading section before returning to English. He had previously completed the practice questions from two of four total passages as homework and fared very well. I hope to see him maintain and improve his future performance under realistic time pressure. I assigned him two non-timed ACT sections as homework over break. We will review those questions in further detail at our next session."
"We spent time practicing ACT and SAT problems. We covered ACT math, ACT science, and SAT subject math 1 & 2. We went over rates, fractions, scientific notation, trigonometry, and exponents. He understands when we go through the problems. He was attentive and eager to work. He and I agree that splitting our time between school and test prep is a good idea. I will have a more structured outline next week."
"The student and I worked on all four sections today. He's doing better with the English and science. We're going to continue working with math, though. His attitude was great! I can tell he's really committed to succeeding. He's got some homework for the next session."
"We worked on some of the student's AP US History homework. The student answered guided reading questions regarding the causes of WWII, the people involved, and the early negotiations."
"We covered the basic format and general type of content on the ACT. We discussed pacing strategies a bit and common mistakes made in each section. I mentioned many classic test maker tricks for them to watch for when taking the ACT. I also gave them an overview of how I will approach tutoring the content of the individual sections. I am giving them assignments to do some reading in their prep book and make flash cards for English and Math concepts. I requested that they send me their answer sheets with the diagnostic test so that I can look through and find any patterns in the answers they've missed. In the future, after we've covered the material, I'll assign practice sections every week. Both boys seem like hard workers!!"
"We went through the basics of the ACT, and talked about a plan for the next couple weeks. The student has a lot of work to do in the next couple weeks, so she will need to be proactive independently. We went through some math flashcards, and I encouraged her to keep at it."