Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on the Math section of the ACT again. We reviewed some of the word problems we started during our last session. We also reviewed plane geometry, including lines, triangles, and four-sided figures. I am sending him a lot of practice worksheets to work on between now and his test day."
"The student is preparing for the ACT in April and will likely also take the SAT in May. We will therefore focus on the ACT for now. He has taken a couple of practice tests in the prep books but has never taken the actual ACT. In today's session we did a brief overview of the test and began learning about the English and Writing sections. We discussed the four C's of English: Complete, Clear, Consistent, and Concise. We did lots of practice problems to solidify these concepts. He worked on his elimination skills and in the drill he did he was able to eliminate down to two answer choices in most of them. This is a good sign for the future. We did a basic grammar overview of subject, verb, adverb, and conjunction, and noted that these elements are indicative of when a sentence is complete or incomplete. We also did an overview of punctuation and noted the situations in which we should use periods, commas, semicolons, colons, and dashes. Following the grammar review we began talking about the Writing section. He was very familiar with the basic 5-paragraph essay structure. We looked at a couple sample essays from the book and noted that high-scoring essays are well-structured and contain detailed examples. We discussed brainstorming and picking a side on the essay. We will discuss more next time. For homework I assigned him a full English section in the ACT prep book."
"We finished reviewing the questions she missed on the English/grammar section that she took on her own, and then we reviewed strategies for the reading section. She did a couple of passages and did get better with time management after implementing her strategies."
"We walked through an entire ACT Reading section and the first half of an English section, discussing strategies and rules along the way. We decided that improving reading speed, implementing a choose by elimination strategy, and checking for the independence or dependence of clauses were most salient from this session. The student will be sent some study materials later. He was very respectful and a pleasure to work with."
"I helped with problems on balancing equations, ionic equations, and net ionic equations. The professor is being a little sneaky because he's using mostly reactions that are oxidation reduction reactions without pointing it out. We then worked his three remaining problems for his prelab."
"We discussed the law section of the CPA exam. Specifically, we covered commercial paper and the Uniform Commercial Code (i.e., holder in due course, checks, certificates of deposit, trade acceptances, and bearer paper)."