Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I kicked off today's session by having the student verbalize the many test-taking strategies we've practiced throughout our time together. She did a good job of reiterating all these. When she finished sharing, I emphasized two ideas I wanted her to pay particular attention to while tackling the reading comprehension section I was soon to be proctoring and on Saturday, when taking the ISEE: "go with what you know" -- trust that you know more than you think you know -- and trust your gut. Following this, I had her sit the 35-minute reading comprehension section from a second practice test she has been chipping through. She did a good job of pacing herself, as she only ran out of time on the final question, and she performed better than on previous practice tests (timed or otherwise). She arrived at the correct answers for questions she previously wouldn't have known how to approach (e.g., determining that pharmaceutical most nearly means medicinal though unsure of the former word's definition) and managed to eliminate two of four answers in many instances, meaning that she had a 50:50 shot at selecting the right answer. All of this suggests her approach to test taking and timed testing has grown significantly. I am confident she is going to do all she can with the strategies we've practiced."
"Today is our second-to-last session. The student and I focused on doing a wide overview of all sections, and I asked her questions about each type of question, to see what she needs last-minute clarification on, and what she can easily learn in a short period of time that will give her a lot of mileage on the test. We looked at averages and rates, and we reviewed the section of the test prep book that has drills on negatives and positives. She had some questions about how to add negatives and positives together, and so I was able to address those specific issues. We reviewed computational stuff: decimals, percentages, fractions, order of operations. I flipped to some of the more difficult sections of our test prep book, and I asked her what she knew and what she didn't know. I asked her to come up with 3 questions and a list of 3 things she felt really comfortable with. I also asked her to continue to study her vocabulary and to look over a couple of sections on math in the test prep book. We will go over all the same things again in our next session but focus more on the language and verbal sections as well. At this point, it's mostly reinforcement and review."
"We worked through a practice test in the math section of the ISEE. We also spent some time working through some questions he had regarding his homework."