Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my first session with the student. I talked a bit about the ACT in general, and the strategy behind my method of tutoring. We slowly began jumping in to the different sections, completing half a section of science and about a quarter of a section of English and a quarter of a section of math. We went over the solutions and checked our answers."
"Our first session went well. We went over Reading Comprehension, Mathematics and English, focusing on various strategies to improve his overall score, including a speed reading technique, the differences between rhetorical and usage and mechanics, and geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. I gave him 20 questions to go over as an assignment, and I look forward to our next meeting."
"Today, we covered his English homework. We did a lot of review (its vs. it's) but mainly he just needs to slow down and read the instructions, as he missed a lot of questions due to small details. In addition, the style questions are troubling him, so we focused on reading before/after the passage in question to gain context. Finally, we went through my math review sheet to cover the overview there before launching into more math homework."
"During this session we simply worked on new practice problems. The student's math ability still strikes me as very good, so we need to discuss the next practice test he does in terms of test taking strategies. For our next session I assigned him practice Math, English, and Science sections."
"The student and I have been focusing on math and science sections the past few weeks, so this session she worked on an English practice section. She did very well! She had tons of time left over (about 17 minutes), and once we went through the minor errors she had made on the first section, she only missed 1 question on her next try."
"Today the student completed a fully timed English section and began a math section. When we went back through the English passages she was able to answer the ones she got wrong correctly, without my help. We definitely need to work time strategies. We will be working on her approach to math problems. We are off to a great start!"
"We started the session with a general evaluation of his strengths and weaknesses in each subject area. After practicing several more reading prompts, his reasoning on each question improved. I am sending him four reading passages with questions from online practice tests. I have no concerns."
"We went over reading/writing strategies using commas, semi-colons, and elongated dashes. Reviewed ACT test-taking strategies pertaining to which revision to use based on formality of passage. Briefly touched on beginning college applications."
"Warmed up with guided practice on another sample English session. His approach to the multiple-choice English questions is methodical with a high rate of accuracy. Introduced the time limit with reduced prompting. I thought he responded very well to the situation, with a projected score of about 27 just shy of the time limit. Further practice and experience with the timing for this section should contribute to continued growth. Started our examination of the reading section, and practiced answering main idea, detail, inference, and vocabulary questions in short passages."
"This session was spent working on reading. We did a whole practice test session focused on the topic. The first two sections were completed as normal, then one of full skimming and the last was a focus on reading it as fast as she could comprehend. Using the results, I discussed options for taking it based on her scores and timing. To finish, we worked on some more science, where she did well. I asked her to complete a full math section for next week so that we could go over that section and hone her skills for it so that we can get a solid refresher in."
"The student and I began by going over the Science section she had taken for homework, going over questions she missed. I suggested that she remember to double check the experiment design as well as the labels on the graphs to better help her understand the questions. We moved onto Math, with questions that are noticeably easier than actual ACT tests. We went through these for practice and so she can become even more familiar with potential kinds of questions and question formats. We ended by going through an English section, where the emphasis remains on remembering her comma, colon, and semicolon rules. Her homework for our next session, which is not until May 22 due to her AP test schedules, is to take a full practice test from the practice ACT."
"The student and I went over her first ACT score, what she had trouble on and what she thought she did well on. We discussed where she would like her scores to eventually be and her concerns over getting it there. After our discussion we talked about general test taking tips, timing, and focus. I wanted to see if we could fix some of her big issues (time is one of them) before jumping in and going through each section individually. We did do some work in the reading section at the end of our session."