Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over some of the subjects he is covering for IB bio. We also quickly did some SAT questions. He now understands Meiosis and Mitosis to the point where he can describe the processes in great detail."
"Today we did an extensive review of subject-verb agreement using supplemental English grammar workbooks. We reviewed incorrect problems in the practice English section and then completed a reading section of a practice test together. I saw substantial improvement in the English section score (22 to 29 in three weeks). I asked the student to complete 2 whole practice tests while on spring break."
"Today we continued with more general practice in math by reviewing the homework I gave the students over the weekend and then going through some more together. For the most part, they did very well with all of the problems and are improving quickly with their abilities to answer most questions. I left them with some more practice to go over at our next session and so far, things are moving along very smoothly."
"During this session, the student and I looked at the science section of the ACT. We worked through all the practice passages, paying attention to what to look for before moving on to the questions along with several specific strategies to use when answering questions. We then moved ahead and completed four passages from Practice Test 4. She does a good job of answering questions that she can find directly in the graphs."
"We started by reviewing the logistics of the math test and discussing formulas and concepts he would need to know. We then did some timed science passages so he could get a feel for pacing. For next time, he will complete a math test so we can see if there are specific areas we should review."
"The student and I did a final review of the reading comp section, going through missed problems from assigned practice and we discussed strategy. We are preparing to begin transition into the math section of the SAT."
"Today the student and I continued going over the ACT, spending most of our time with the science section. I advised her to try when possible to take the section while undisturbed by auxiliary pressures. Overall though, I'm not concerned in the slightest. I assigned her some work for our next session."
"We started the session with vocabulary drills. Then, before we began the "sentence error" section, I had the student , in his own words, describe the types of sentence errors that will be on the exam. We did some timed drills for the following: sentence error, sentence completion, and reading passages. At the end of the session, we took some time to work on the essay and also to finalize our strategies."
"For our first session, the student and I wanted to hit the ground running on some of her trouble spots, as her test is next weekend. She indicated that she has issues with geometry, so we began working through some geometry basics that she had forgotten since she took her geometry class a long time ago. We worked through tips and tricks on all of those pesky triangle questions, as well as specific questions she remembered from her previous test (such as what to do when they present you with a circle inside of a square). We also went through how to find arc lengths and angles based on the properties of a circle. She asked for the next session to cover the tougher probability questions and the questions about finding properties of lines based on given coordinates. She seemed to feel comfortable with the reading and writing sections of the test, so we intend to emphasize math skills the week before her test."
"Both students and I worked through approximately 50 SAT grammar questions with a focus on comma placement, colons versus semicolons, noun-verb agreement, unclear antecedents, and active versus passive voice. We also worked through approximately 20 SAT math questions with a focus on geometry, probability, and algebraic expressions. The girls did particularly well on the math section and only needed assistance with a few of the problems. We concluded the session by discussing essay writing strategies, including structure and sources of evidence."
"More math practice! We worked on problems concerning fractions with algebraic expressions, factoring, and general SAT math review with all manner of problems. We know where we need to spend the most time with computation - so if you're strapped for time, omit those questions and return later. The "hardest" SAT math problems are on your way; please tackle, send me answers, and I'll let you know which to attempt again if needed. Writing practice next Sunday."
"The student should be very pleased with her progress! She did an excellent job on her algebra midterm, and at this point, we're reviewing the more "nit picky" parts of the ACT math section. She has all of the basic concepts down, including linear systems; isolating variables; finding the area and volume of various shapes; determining mean, median, and mode; and finding trig functions like sin, cos, and tan. We will continue to go over some of the more difficult problems and applications for radians, imaginary numbers, and logarithms, but I think she is doing very well. Also, she should always look at the answers to a math problem before solving the problem, or she may end up doing more work than is necessary!"