Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued to practice for the girls' upcoming ISEE test. We only have two more meetings before we take the test. The girls wanted to spend some time doing reading comprehension. Both of them did reasonably well and are able to get to all the passages in the allotted time. I actually would recommend that they slow down just a little bit so they don't make minor errors. We also spent some time doing a quantitative reasoning section. In the end, I recommended that they continue to look over their flashcards that we made about a month ago and do 5 or so cards a day just to familiarize themselves with the words."
"Today was our last meeting before the test. I went over the practice test I had assigned him over the weekend. As expected, his problem areas were vocabulary and the two-column math section. The other parts of the test, he did excellent on. We went over some more work on the two-column section and spent a lot of time reviewing vocabulary and roots. If he concentrates on those for the next couple of days, I think he will do just fine on the test."
"Today was my first meeting with the student to help her prepare for the upper level exam, which she originally planned to take Jan. 18. First, her mother explained to me what their goals were (stanines in the 6-level or above) and why she is taking the exam (as part of the admission process for three prep schools they are considering for high school). Next, I worked individually with her, using the prep book to provide an overview of the test structure and components, including sequencing, question types, lack of guessing penalty, and the unscored nature of the essay. We also looked at sample problems from each of the different question types and sections to get a feel for the sum total experience. We discussed the essay in depth, including the fact that she will only have 30 minutes to both plan and write the essay. She had already written a template/practice essay, which seemed very strong--she is a good writer who can think on her feet. Finally, we discussed the importance of building vocabulary for the two verbal sections of the test and practiced making effective flashcards. We also went through a vocab list and checked off all the words she already knew, which seemed to build her confidence. She was also instructed to make flashcards for one column per day of words she didn't already know (there are 12 columns) and to complete a practice section of the reading comprehension section if time permitted. I also discussed with her mother the possibility of moving the test date to a later date in order to spread out tutoring and practice sessions and decrease the level of intensity of prepping, as she attends a magnet school and is involved in myriad activities. Her mother agreed to look into the matter and discuss with the student before making a decision. She reported that the session had made her feel less stressed about the test and that she could see herself doing well on it with practice."