Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued review for upcoming test over Chapter 11 from book. We finished going through the review packets and started going over practice problems. Following this, we outlined areas of study for the student to review to help her nail down concepts."
"We discussed the student's concerns with the SAT and started to work problems from a diagnostic test he took at school. We did a section of math, went over some vocabulary, and also looked through some sentence structure. It seems that the student understood everything we went over, but I think he will gain a lot of confidence with more practice. I suggested a SAT study guide for him to acquire that we can work from in the future."
"Since today was our first time practicing problems from the ACT test prep book, we went ahead and started the first practice test. We covered one whole English section and about 2/3 of the Math section. The student needs to watch out for some basic grammar mistakes, but practice should compensate for any issues. His mental math is impressive, which means he doesn't have issues with proportions and percents. We will finish the rest of the exam next time. Also, he has the older version of the ACT, but I am ordering the newer 3rd edition version for myself, so we will then practice the exams that he does not have. The rest he can take by himself. I am noticing a drastic improvement. He answers more questions proactively than before."
"We continued work in the SAT prep book, completing Test 10 from section 5. The student made a solid effort as usual, and the little bit of extra review (accidentally redoing a few problems) went very quickly, and it also highlighted some of the trickier problems."
"The student took an additional ACT Math diagnostic exam. Her score was a 43% (a 3% increase from last time) and she found the test especially difficult compared to the last one. I noted that this particular test put heavy emphasis on geometry of the plane and of solid shapes, so we did an extensive review of these topics during today's session. We worked through several example problems for each type of shape she might encounter and developed a list of geometry equations for her to memorize before the ACT. By the end of the session, she was feeling much more confident about the material in general. I will provided her with the study guide for the ACT for her to review and identify further topics to cover. I will also invite her to 4 more diagnostic exams for her to take before next Sunday's session so that we can focus in on the areas of greatest need."
"The student and I began tonight with his ACT preparation. We were able to do very basic overviews of the test in general and all five subject sections; fortunately, he has seen almost all of the math content before, so I was able to fill in the rest for him in just a few minutes. I assigned a practice test for him to try out the pacing strategies we discussed tonight."
"We covered reading comp, and the student has very good skills and a good vocabulary. We discussed wrong answer elimination and reading a passage for main ideas and points of view. We covered vocab-in-context questions and their use of secondary definitions. We also reviewed sentence completion and strategies for two-blank questions such as word charge."
"To improve the student's quantitative score from his SSAT, we looked at word problems and alternatives to algebra - like assessing the answer choices. He will do some homework to practice the techniques we covered."
"The student and I had our final lesson tonight. We reviewed all strategies we have employed, specific to each section, and did a comprehensive grammar/ writing review. We reviewed problems that she had completed for homework since last time that she had questions on. We paused to review test day strategies such as making sure she is aware of the location of the test, bringing snacks and water as well as pencils and a calculator, and getting up to stretch on breaks between sections. Sleep, eating breakfast, and completing homework in advance were other recommendations I gave. We completed the lesson by working on more sections. We spent most of the time reviewing vocabulary and extended her vocabulary list/ synonyms. She steadily improves with sussing out words' meanings by identifying words within parts of words and using context. We also continued with error ID questions."
"The student and I spent this morning's session working through a math practice test section of the placement exam manual. This section dealt with word problems. He seemed to be getting about 75% to 80% correct. We found these to be particularly challenging and time consuming due to the fact that one must tease out the relevant information, decide upon which mathematical operations to use, and then carry out multiple steps to solve the problems. I told him that he should pay particular attention to the explanations given with the answers for the proper methods to solve each problem. One strategy that we seriously looked at was that, if a problem seems doable but unreasonably time consuming, he should consider taking a guess, marking an answer choice, circling the problem number so he know to return to it later if possible, and waiting until he has done the quick and easy problems before returning to the most difficult ones if he has time."
"The next pages continued to focus on translating all sorts of word problems into verbal models, then algebraic ones - followed by solving the problems. The student and I worked on those for an hour. Then we went to the second arithmetic chapter in the review book and put in another hour there. We did good work!"
"Today, we reviewed the sentence error section of the exam. This was the student's most challenging section. We did three practice tests. The rest of the time was spent taking actual exam sections and reviewing them. We will meet one last time before Saturday's test to do a final review."