Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we focused on the science section, as both timing and content were troubling the student here. We focused initially on strategies, and then proceeded to do timed trials once she got comfortable in her approach. She's going to approach this first test as a trial, see how it goes, and then plan for the long haul."
"Today was the last review session before Student 1 and Student 2 take the ACT on Saturday. Student 1 did one section of the homework I assigned (science), and he did really well on it, upping his score from a 29 last time to a 31. Student 2, likewise, improved in science from a 19 to a 22. However, Student 2 did not improve in English. We spent much of the session, therefore, going over the English test. The biggest thing I emphasized to him in English is being able to distinguish complete sentences from incomplete ones -- this is the key to punctuation and conjunctions, which make up a significant part of the English section. We also discussed conciseness, ambiguous pronouns (they), contrast vs non-contrast words, and how to find the correct order of sentences in a paragraph. We spent a short amount of time reviewing the science homework, and noted that the items on the x- and y-axis in graphs are probably the most important things to know for science questions. We did a few math problems as well, discussing logarithms, SOH CAH TOA from trig, and a couple of geometry concepts. At the end of the session we reviewed general test-taking tips for each section and discussed time management. Overall both students have both improved a lot since tutoring began, and I think they'll do great on Saturday's test if they remember and apply the concepts we've learned."
"We completed half each of an English, Math, and Science section. Based on only the half of each section, the student was scoring in the 29-30 range, which is exactly where she wants to be. We reinforced the idea that she needs have a sense of urgency as she goes through questions because sometimes timing is still an issue. We wrapped up our time emphasizing the need for her to be confident in the test and to not let one section affect her in any of the others."