Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we covered the reading section of the college entrance exam. We used a practice test that she prepared in order to talk about approaches to specific types of problems as well as some general strategies like focusing on the main ideas and rationale of each passage. We then discussed dealing with hypothetical questions and understanding the need to find a basic contradiction or logical error to eliminate the answer choices. She did perfectly on one of the four passages in the practice test, so we ended by looking at why she did so well on that passage and tried to transfer over some of the thinking that she used there to the rest of the test."
"We worked on college entrance exam math and reading. Last week, the student did a full practice math test at home and was asked to bring any questions that he had on the exam for me so I could go over those questions with him. Two big issues we discussed were questions where you need to use the process of elimination (often signaled by words like "which of the following") and word problems. I also went over some important issues from the full practice reading test that he did last session, particularly the importance of time and place cue words in fiction passages. He did half of a reading test (twenty questions) which I will grade and review with him next session. For next week, I assigned him three passages from his first science practice test, which he can do at his own pace and check his own answers. If he has time, he should also try the essay portion of that test. Next session we'll go over some reading questions that he missed and then work on the science section."
"In this session we covered portions of the ACT reading and English exams. The student is beginning to understand how to quickly extract the main points from a passage and make inferences. We covered strategies for saving time and maximizing points on the ACT Reading exam. Since English is a second language to the student, she sometimes struggles to understand contextual clues. We reviewed common contrast words such as however, but, while, and despite and she started to answer questions correctly that were not within her skill set in previous sessions."