Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked exclusively in math. We covered fractions, percents, basic exponents, multiplication and division with exponents, and multiplying two variables. It was a very productive session."
"The student had just completed a practice math section, so we spent the whole session going over her answers and strategies for solving those specific types of situations that were presented. I think as she does more practice questions it is coming together."
"This was my first session with Student 1 and Student 2, so I spent a little time getting to know them a little better and getting a feel for how they feel about the ISEE prior to taking one. Neither of the girls has taken a full length test and feel that they wouldn't score well on it. Student 1 feels that her math is weak and Student 2 mentioned that she feels uncomfortable with all sections of the test. In order to get a good baseline for where the girls are, I had them do the assessment questions at the beginning of the recommended study book. Although I was initially timing them, they were finished in much shorter time, so I had them complete it without time limitation (and they were both well short for every section anyway). What I learned from this assessment is that both of the girls have the most difficulty with the analogy section, followed by quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, sentence completion, and then the math. Since we have some time until they plan to take the test, I thought it would be nice to help build vocabulary by asking them to go through the analogy section and select words for which they did not know the meaning and asked that by next time they find the definition for each of the words. I plan to make up questions using these words, either analogies or sentence completion, to practice. We then went through the questions that they got incorrect on each section and as we did this discussed strategies for answering each type of question. For some of the sections, like the quantitative math for example, practice will help both of them. Neither like the fact that there is an answer choice stating that there isn't enough information available to answer the question. They are always worried that they are doing the question wrong. I hopefully will help them build confidence over the next several weeks to help alleviate this feeling."