Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we discussed reading strategies. Next, we ran some English grammar, but the student had very little trouble with that. Finally, we focused on math, where the student also excels. Overall, he's a strong student and is already fairly prepared."
"We started with brief introductions today, so I could learn more about the student's goals for the ACT and for college. We went over a old practice test to get an idea of her current test-taking strategies. We identified the following subjects as her biggest areas for improvement: reading, science, and essays. I discussed some tips for improving time management and maneuvering the test mechanics for the reading and science questions. We then went through a practice reading section, in which I timed her as she read each passage. I encouraged her to work on narrowing down potential answers before referring back to the passage and reminded her to remember the context of each question. At the end, we built a study calendar for the next 15 weeks, at the end of which she will take the ACT at school. I sent her a word document that contains a list of tips and tricks for time management and test taking, as well as a digital version of the calendar. She is clearly bright and hard-working, and I am confident that we will be able to master the principles of effective test-taking."
"The student wrote a practice essay, so we looked over that and assessed it using ACT scoring rubric. It would have earned a score of four or five from each grader. It was clear, focused, and well organized, but needed more development and needed to do more to address counterarguments. He thinks he'd be able to do better now that he has more of a sense of time constraints and what qualities are assessed in the essay. We also looked through missed questions on an English section and worked through some algebra problems. The plan is to focus on reading and science for the remaining weeks before the test."
"We went through more math problems for chart reading and probabilities. We went through what or and and cases mean mathematically, did a section of problems and also did a section of English that was focused on passage reading and how to deal with what passages are saying about specific characters."
"We went through some grammar practice tests and a sample writing prompt. I asked the student to write a sample essay before our next session so I can read it and grade it."
"We went through some questions from the student's prep book and also completed diagnostic tests 1 and 2 for the math-no calculator section. I asked her to make a spreadsheet and calendar of the dates and admission requirements for the schools that she's interested in."