Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a second SAT practice test. She in math. I'm very pleased with how far she has come in such a short time! I'm thrilled to see her putting some of my advice/strategies to use, including substituting integer values in for variables and matching that computed value with one of the five choices. She also understands the logic of beginning the substitution process with option "C," the median value. I spent a lot of time quizzing her on vocabulary words and trying to get her to use prefixes and Latin roots to decipher unfamiliar words. It was a really good session."
"Began SAT preparation by giving an overview of the test. Discussed format, scoring, pacing, guessing, and other fundamentals. Taught first lesson on SAT reading: passage analysis and the importance of the thesis. Student did well with the introductory techniques and seemed to understand the overall approach to test taking."
"The student and I finished reviewing a section from ACT math. We then went over different reading passages and discussed various ways to approach them. We covered a natural sciences passage and a fiction passage. I suggested that the student complete a science section for next time, as well as try to find what technique works best for the social science and humanities passages in the reading section."
"The student did well on most of his abridged ACT practice today, and he earned a 29 composite. He also greatly improved his ACT Writing score. For next time, I have assigned practice from every section."
"This student is amazing. Today he worked on the science section and we tried having him answer the questions without reading the passage portion and instead just going to the graphs and charts, and he did even better than on his actual ACT. I usually dissuade students from trying to answer the questions by just looking at the graphs, but it works for him and will be a big help in time management on that section. In the reading section, his humanities passage was his weakest, which was also the case on his actual ACT. Out of the four passages, he should save that passage for last since he'll be low on time by that point. That way he can give his time and energy to the three other passages on which he consistently performs better than on the humanities passage."
"The student and I mainly focused on the reading section for this lesson, and in particular used the new ACT prep book to go over the different types of questions asked on the reading section and to practice answering them. We also discussed timing strategies such as whether or not to read the entire passage and when. I will be assigning him some homework from the book to complete before next time."
"Today we focused on the math section of the ACT. I had the student take part of a section so that I could track her pacing and get a feeling for what math concepts she is strong in. She ended up leaving a lot of questions blank; however, out of the ones that she did answer, she got most of them right. Because of this I feel as though she will be very strong on the SAT because she has a good concept of which ones she should answer and which ones she shouldn't. The more we review her math, the more questions she will be comfortable with and the better she will do."
"The student completed his square root worksheet, a section in Reading, and a section in English. I then gave him 20 minutes to complete the 2nd English passage. He did really well, finishing the passage in 18 minutes and answering 9 out of 15 correctly. It may help him to be given a time limit. Before our next session, he should finish the remaining 3 sections. Every section should take him 20 minutes; he should work on this with a wrist watch, making note of his time. He should also define the following terms before we meet next: alliteration, allusion, personification, simile, and metaphor."
"This was a great first session with this student. We reviewed his PSAT scores and areas where he needed to improve. This included passport math, problem solving, data analysis and heart of algebra. I introduced him to the SAT platform and had him work on a practice SAT math test for starters. We also devised a plan of covering one concept area each week. This would include working with the practice questions, flashcards, daily questions and practice tests. Today he started working on test 6 on algebra concepts. He did a great job today!"
"Today we continued the crash course in SAT Reading. As the student asked, we worked on sentence completions and strategies, paragraph improvement, paired passages, main idea and tone of passages. We worked through many problems. Tomorrow, we will work on the essay, writing section, and continue with critical reading. He feels the sessions are helping him. He had another practice test today, in which he scored higher. I have also created practice tests for him using the question bank."
"The student and I spent our session reviewing her homework and working through a Reading passage. She did great! She struggled with the timing for her Science homework. She only got to question ~25 or so. We talked over strategy again and she is going to try another timed Science passage for homework. She did well on her English. She had a few questions wrong, but again, we reviewed strategy and I think she felt more confident towards the end. We will work on English next week. Reading went really, really well! She excelled with understanding our Social Science passage and answering the questions with ease. I am so excited to see how her homework goes!"
"The student and I worked on reading and math today. In reading, we worked on analyzing tone and paired passages. For math, we worked on solid geometry (cones, cylinders, and triangular prisms) as well as more practice on evaluating triangles with the laws of sines and cosines. Everything went smoothly. He seems to be improving the speed at which he is able to evaluate practice problems, which is a great sign. I will be assigning him work in both of the subjects covered today."