Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did timed ACT Reading sections. She did two passages reading the questions first and two passages reading the passage first. Results as to which was more effective were mixed. She was much better at the Prose and Natural Science sections. She had a bit more difficulty with the Social Science and Humanities sections. She was also better at determining the answer to main idea questions than detail questions. We will continue to work on these issues for the next test."
"We went over Algebra II concepts in the session today, mainly exponents and logarithms. She is a bright student and understands most of the concepts. I told her that as long as she keeps practicing the patterns of these questions, they will be easier to solve."
"Today we reviewed the mathematics section of the ACT. We used the 1 to 1 method, with a 1 minute time limit. The student excelled in this section! I told him to review formulas of lines (manipulating standard, point slope, and slope intercept), permutations and combinations, and the distributive property regarding negative signs. We will see each other again near the end of the month before his March ACT test."
"We started off by going through the practice test the boys took over the weekend. There were a few questions we had to go through together, but the boys were able to come up with the right answer for most of the questions they got wrong. Most of the ones they still got wrong were vocab words they didn't know, so they'll add them to their flashcards. We then worked through lots of analogies, and the boys did a good job of coming up with sentences. We also went through some synonyms, and they learned some more words to add to their flashcards and finished up with different question types."
"We started reviewing her essay, which was really good. We talked about including the passage you started with and to make an outline and make sure your introduction and conclusion outlined what you were going to talk about. I thought her previous essay was good. We then spent a lot of time on vocabulary, trying to use prefixes and suffixes to figure out the meaning of words. We did this for both synonyms and analogies. Her ability to do analogies is strong. We then used a practice test for reading comprehension, and there was great improvement in reading for both time and comprehension."
"We started the session by reviewing absolute value and what you should look for in a word problem. We spent the rest of the session working on how to find the equations of a line. We first covered how to find the slope of a line. Then, we learned how to use the slope of a line and an established coordinate to find the y-intercept. We reviewed parallel and perpendicular lines and how to find the slope of those lines when one line is already established."