Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is taking the assessment tomorrow morning. We looked at a couple of examples of sample essays with scores of 6 and 5 to reinforce successful essay structure: (1) intro paragraph stating premise and referring to examples, (2) paragraph supporting first example, (3) paragraph supporting 2nd example, (4) conclusion paragraph with restatement of premise. We reviewed several dozen vocabulary words. He read two dual-passage examples (one short, one long) from a sample test and answered questions. Using "active reading" techniques he answered all questions correctly. We then did a sentence completion question set. He seems well prepared for the upcoming test."
"The student is taking the ACT this weekend, so we went through his the questions he answered incorrectly on the December ACT. He did very well on the test in December, especially on the math and reading sections. He had already reviewed the Math section, so we did English, Reading, and Science together. We also went over a few English passages from an ACT prep book."
"We took an older piece of writing the student wrote last year. The essay he wrote dealt with To Kill A Mockingbird. By going over the essay, we actually discovered a few issues with his writing that would cause him to lose points on the writing portion of the SAT. He capitalizes random words in the middle of sentences sometimes and he doesn't actually know why. Other words, like names, he doesn't capitalize. We had to fix those instances. A bigger issue he has is verb tense continuity. His first paragraph was entirely written in present tense. Then, in the second paragraph, he had present, past, past perfect and present perfect tenses in a 7 sentence paragraph. I gave him websites to help him understand when to use "perfect" tense. We rearranged sentences and made them match, using the idea of verb tense continuity. We'll need to continue working on this idea in future sessions. I asked him to finish revising the essay we started, making sure he capitalizes when necessary and checks for verb tense continuity. We'll work on one of the SAT writing prompts next week."
"We covered the first and second derivative tests for concavity and min-max points. The student had a positive attitude toward the material. The included study skill was using multiple sources to understand complex materials."
"The majority of what we covered was from the math portion of the PSAT exam. We worked on topics including functions, factoring, word problems, and the quadratic equation. Additionally, we spent some time on the writing portion of the exam, but since he's struggling more on the math portion we focused on math. The student has a great attitude toward learning the material, and I can tell that he wants to do well on the exam. Answering the easy questions first was a test strategy that we covered today. It was obvious that some of the questions toward the end of the math section were quick and easy compared to some from the beginning and middle."
"The student did a great job doing his homework from last week! We reviewed last week with some online learning platform questions, and then discussed species interactions. I am going to send him some videos to watch. We then talked about new material, introducing biogeochemical cycles with the water cycle. He has some new flashcards to make this week."