Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today in our penultimate session the student started off by finishing up with a timed practice essay, which we put aside for later. We then reviewed her performance on the practice Quantitative Reasoning section she took; unfortunately, she performed about 20 percent points worse than her initial practice exam, but upon reviewing the wrong answers, she realized most of the wrong answers had been minor mistakes or wrongly assessing that a question was too hard for her when she could, in actuality, have answered it correctly. She will be sure to look out especially for percentages, percent changes, ratios, and "weird" numbers. She also demonstrated increased capacity in the quantitative comparison section, showing that she had absorbed that material well. Finally, we did the drills throughout the ISEE Reading Comprehension section, adding strategies to her strategies notebook and focusing on main ideas, inference, and tone/style/attitude. She picked up strategies quickly and did well on all drills. Between now and our last session on Thursday, she will do a timed practice Reading Comp section, continue with vocab building, and think about any remaining questions or concerns she has that she'd like to have addressed before the test."
"We looked at several possible interview questions and brainstormed effective responses. We also worked on reading comprehension, verbal and quantitative reasoning, and math."
"I met with the student this past Sunday to continue our review of the entrance exam material. I had given her a homework assignment with quantitative reasoning math problems so we started by checking that. She struggled on those sections, and I presume it's because 1) the material is beyond what she's learned and 2) the quantitative comparison section of this particular exam is very difficult. I'm exposing her to these difficult questions now so she does not feel shocked on the test and learns some tricks on how to approach these. We talked through all of the ones she missed and I gave her practice problems testing the same concepts. Once we completed checking, I feel like she had learned a lot about the concepts they are testing in quantitative comparison questions. We then checked her reading homework and she did great on the passages, missing only a few questions! We talked about how reading questions will always have clues in the passages that support the correct answer. No supporting evidence for an answer choice = not the right answer. She is doing great and her enthusiasm for learning and understanding is a joy with which to work. I look forward to seeing her again this week to see how she's improved on this week's homework assignment."