Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I continued to work through practice problems, with a principal focus on the Science section. He is a quick learner and his ability to parse the given data and experimental descriptions for essential information will only improve with further practice. I look forward to his future progress in this area."
"Last ACT session with the student. Did an overall review of all sections, a few timed drills, and discussed preparing for the test day. She still faces some struggles in Science, but has really excelled in the other three subjects. I'm very happy with her progress."
"We worked on reading and math this time. In reading, student did very well in the science section; I started to move him toward a faster pace and emphasize going back to check details based on the questions if necessary. The humanities passage was challenging, so I told him to focus on identifying the purpose/point of each paragraph rather than purely summarizing information. He did well in math today. We reviewed ratios and proportions, and I introduced arithmetic sequences to him. He could find equations based on situational problems pretty well, but we will practice more on how to solve algebraic equations. I overviewed these concepts for him and gave him some practice work on solving problems and finding like terms. This session was a little hectic because coffee shops kept closing on us before their posted close times."
"Today we explored the ACT practice test that the student took. She found the reading, English, and math sections much easier on the ACT than the SAT, but struggled with the science portion and the different style of the optional essay portion. She is scoring an average of 29 on reading, English and math. I advised her to practice the essay section after reading the sample essays in the big red book. I also advised her to do some extra practice on the science section to familiarize herself with the style."
"For this session, we went through all different types of humanities questions in the reading section. We went through all different types of questions as well as discussed general strategies for the reading test, such as looking in the introduction and conclusion in order to find the main theme of the paper, or how to mark the passage while reading."
"We started this session with a general overview of the ACT and the general approach to each section. We talked a little bit about a few basic strategies that we will look at more extensively, like using the answer choices (especially in the English section) to figure out what the test-makers are testing us on and focusing on that aspect. We then started to go over a Math practice test. We reviewed a little bit of trigonometry, geometry, and proportions and looked at how to navigate through a question that we are unsure about how to approach. We also talked about a few strategies like drawing diagrams and 'plugging and chugging' answer choices."
"We reviewed the practice test she completed for homework on the English section of the ACT. She was able to get 64 correct and 11 wrong with a time limit of 45 leading to a scaled score of 28. Our target for the next practice test will be a 29 or 30. We spent the rest of the session completing the lessons from the review book for the reading section. She will complete a practice test for the reading section and a few drills for homework this week. Our practice test goal for the reading section is a 27. Next week we will start lessons on the Science section. Overall it was a good session."
"The student and I worked on a gender studies quiz he had tomorrow. We did so by defining the terms collectively, and then I modeled how to take our broad definitions and rewrite them as concise answers for his exam. He also participated in the writing of these answers. In general, the student has a decent grasp on the material he is expected to know, but there were sometimes when he just needed someone to help him connect the dots and prod him in the right direction. Much of this means he has trouble organizing his knowledge from the micro to the macro level, which is a skill we will work on in future lessons. If the student reviews his work that we covered, I think he stands a good chance of doing very well on the exam."
"We used the majority of the session to work through a series of reading comprehension worksheets and a vocabulary test. In the last half hour, the student focused on the science section, completing a couple of practice science tests, including one on chemistry. He did well across the board, though we'll do more vocabulary in these final few sessions. As usual, timing is not an issue."
"In this session we covered more ACT science questions and more math questions as well. The student has not been exposed to any trigonometry in school yet, and so I began to teach her basics of it. I am working on introducing basics like sine, cosine, and the unit circle to her. We went over questions together throughout the session. She has shown encouraging improvement with the science questions, as well as with basic algebra questions in the math section."
"Today was another very productive session. Now the student needs to increase the amount of studying she does at home. She will be making sure she is reviewing the math concepts we have been working on for homework. I wish her good luck on her practice exam she has next week!"
"The student and I went through the reading passage he did for practice. He took about 20 minutes to complete it. When we discussed the questions and looked for evidence in the text, he was able to find the correct answers. I've encouraged him to go through that process for each passage and associated questions. He is going to work diligently through questions on the passage he is doing for practice this week. Then we reviewed FOIL and factoring, including difference of squares. I will send him, via email, about 10 practice problems to complete before our next session."