Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student told me that when he redid his reading section using the new strategy I suggested, his reading score jumped up by 5 or 6 points. I would recommend sticking with that strategy for timed reading sessions for now."
"Before we started tutoring, I took a few moments to talk to the student, introduce myself, and learn a little more about him. I then got his input on how he felt during the practice/diagnostic tests he had been taking, and reviewed his test scores. We spent the majority of the time going over the previous diagnostic test and discussing the missed questions in depth. We started with science, which the student says was pretty rushed since the school didn't give them as much time as allotted. Once he was able to take the problems at his own pace, the student was able to answer most of them successfully. I recommend that he take the next practice science test at 60 minutes instead of 45, and gradually work his way up to taking it at 35 minutes. We moved onto reading, and I discovered that the student actually did quite well except for one section that brought his score down. We reviewed that section and the other couple of problems he missed, and tried to find ways to make the reading more interesting so that the questions would be easier to solve. We then only had about an hour to review both the math and English portions of the test, so we split time accordingly. I discovered that the student had a few gaps in his math curriculum that caused him to miss questions, so I taught him the concepts he missed as best I could when reviewing the problems. As for English, this was the best section the student did so we didn't spend too much time on it. I noted that he needs to sometimes trust the "NO CHANGE" answers while recommending that he eliminate the answers down to two choices. Many of the questions that the student missed he was able to figure out on the second try after eliminating the other "best" answer. For the next session, the student will take another practice test on Sunday while thinking of the tips I told him today. We'll once again review the questions he missed while targeting practice to future areas when we meet again next Saturday."
"After looking at the student's reports from his 10th grade ACT, I realized that he needs to improve most on the mathematics and science sections. We worked on math today, with emphasis on word problems, finding perimeter and area, and solving ratios. These are three of the concepts he had the most difficulty with when he took the test in the 10th grade. After explaining the way that each problem can be solved, I allowed him to work through a number of problems on math worksheets I created online. Afterwards, we discussed the right answers and the steps for finding the solution. Lastly, I asked him to complete a 30 question section of the first math test in his ACT prep book, timing him so that he would have the same amount of time as would be given to him on the actual ACT. He was able to complete 27 of the 30 questions, and only missed 8 of these questions. We talked about the correct answers and discussed the concepts behind the questions. In order to build up his endurance, he needs to continue to try to solve a large number of questions while being timed, and in one sitting."