Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed vocabulary words that gave student trouble last session, including disingenuous, placate, mollify, phlegmatic, mercurial, capricious, erroneous, and more. Went through the vocab questions of another reading section and identified more vocab words to go over. On incorrect answers, he had reduced his choices to the correct answer and one other choice but guessed wrong each time. We then transitioned to writing. Errors included selecting most concise phrasing and choosing correct verb for multiple subjects in a sentence."
"The student was not able to do the assigned English section because of the short timeline. We started by doing math problems in the first practice test of the test prep book. We were able to finish the entire section and she did really well. For homework, she will complete the English section and Math section in the second practice test of the test prep book. We are meeting again on Sunday at 12pm."
"The student and I worked on a cross-section of the entry exam again today. He's picked up the pace on the math section, which bodes well as this will probably be his strength when he sits for the test. He also seems to be getting the picture with some of the grammar concepts we've gone over, and his overall percentage of correct answers on this section have gone up. In science, I think he tends to over think the questions--most of them just require interpreting a graph. Once he sees that, he's usually able to answer these quite well. We'll be spending more and more time on the Critical Reading section."
"The student and I reviewed some of the practice work that she had done since our last session. She is getting much better at identifying sentence errors and improving paragraphs. We worked on strategies for identifying correct use of subject in sentences and she seemed to feel very confident after our practice. She will be purchasing a review book with more exams in it so that we have more resources from which to practice. Currently, she does not have a practice book for the writing section of the admissions test so I stressed the importance of obtaining some sort of practice materials so that she has enough time to practice that section of the test. She will complete several more practice sessions before our next meeting and will also work on getting another book."
"The student worked on a science section during our session and scored a 32 -- her best score yet. We also went over tips for essay writing, read some exemplary essays, and outlined a few of her own. She then completed part of a writing section which we went over together. Since her test date is fast approaching, I left her with the task of completing one test section per day until the September test."
"Today, the student and I went over 2 math sections, 2 grammar sections, and a critical reading section that she had completed the day before. We also did one math section and one critical reading section together as well. While she struggled a little bit more on the math section, she only missed 3 on the critical reading section. One thing I was impressed with was that she was pretty quick in providing responses to the questions in front of her, eliminating the choices with her pencil and providing the correct answer most of the time. This will help her save time when she takes the test in October."
"The student and I went over her practice tests she took before the session. We talked about pacing and making sure not to jump to conclusions on questions. We will be meeting again this week for another session. She is doing a great job!"
"The student's essay was only a paragraph long, so we looked at example essays and discussed how to brainstorm enough content for a longer essay. We talked through how to generate material for a couple of essays. Finally, we started covering the results of his practice test. He said the test was hard, and I think he can score better. While critical reading continues to trick him a bit, on the math section, most of his errors were due to moving too quickly. He's working on writing this week."
"We reviewed the student's test answers from the June session and went over the answer she did not understand. Most of her mistakes were ones made apparently due to rushing and she had no trouble with them under calmer circumstances. I will be working more with her on timed sections to try to get her acclimated to working accurately under time pressure. We also did some general math practice on quadratic equations, geometry, and functions (symbol math) as we had found last session that she needed a bit of review on those. I have assigned her two timed sections to try for homework for next session."
"During this session we focused on the reading and the science, as per usual. We went through some practice passages from the "ACT Exam Success" document which had a pretty good mix of questions that were pretty accurate in terms of what would show up on the actual exam."
"The student and I spent a LOT of time on the English section after the results of her second practice test. It was previously the only section we had not covered, so we got a lot of good work done. Spent a lot of time on comma usage and a lot of time on identifying the most clear & concise way to phrase things. It was very productive!"
"The student's session today couldn't have gone better. She's continuing to make strides in science and math. We worked on 15 math problems and two science passages, honing in on the areas she's struggling with (trig and research studies, respectively). I wish her all the best on the next test."