Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our first half, we worked on reading comprehension. We used the book, specifically the first part of the prep chapter on reading. I timed them, reading and marking up an example passage. Student A was hesitant to write on his passage. When they were done reading, we compared what each of them had circled/ underlined/ taken notes on. We then went through each sample question together, moving back to the passage to find support for each answer. I had them work through all the answers, cancelling out wrong ones and comparing the answers that were left. We talked about time management. Student B had trouble at first with the time limit for reading, but he took good notes, and running out of time at first is always a good learning opportunity. Student A found that he enjoyed this section. I focused on arithmetic concepts with them. They did a few drills from the book. We looked at math symbols likely to be on the test, and they worked on adding and subtracting negative numbers, as well as a few other concepts likely to show up on the Quantitative Reasoning section. They both encountered some unfamiliar concepts and worked through them admirably. I do think they'll need some reinforcement on these concepts next week, which I'll provide by having them do some timed problem sets from the test."
"The student is a sweet and expressive child. He seems to be achieving above grade level in all academic areas."
"We looked over some basic English first. Then I explained algebraic expressions to the student and he learned them very quickly. Lastly, we looked at some percentages and fractions."
"In our first session, we touched on what the ISEE is--talking about the length, the sections, timing, scoring, and material. We then started to become familiar with the questions on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections. The student did well with synonyms, but when faced with an unknown word was likely to guess--so we covered techniques for understanding. He is quick with the sentence completions, but we went over the importance of reading all the answer choices and coming up with your own answer first to be sure we understand the question, as well as identifying clues within the sentence. Overall, he did well with verbal reasonings. Quantitative reasoning posed the challenge of topics that seemed unfamiliar to him--but after a little warming up he could recognize the principles and apply them. I plan to work with more difficult problems to prove to him that just because something is unfamiliar it doesn't mean he can't solve it. Overall, by the end of the session he was being more thorough with the questions and understood that there is usually a better way of working than randomly guessing. He worked hard and kept going. I think the more familiar he becomes with the test question style, the more confident he will quickly become."
"We focused on vocabulary and reading comprehension. There was a lot of progress on reading especially, though reading will continue to be the main emphasis from here on out."
"Basic math prep, comprehension, reading fluency. The student is very good with temperature, subtraction, and addition. We need to work on factors, fractions, expressions, and place value."
"The student had a great attitude and worked very hard today. We reviewed negative numbers and fractions, worked on several word problems, ratios, and solving equations. We spent a lot of time on laws of exponents and we also talked about Pythagorean theorem (I showed her the geometrical proof) and how it can be used for special right triangles. She was able to solve some problems by herself."
"The student and I spent a large portion of our session working on her first full ISEE essay. Although similar to state essays she has written in the past, we worked on forming an introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion instead of just a single paragraph. This style of essay-writing was new to her, but she understood the format well. We will continue to work on giving good reasons to support her topic choices that she can support with specific examples. We were also able to work though a few questions in all four of the other sections of the test. She does extremely well with the fill-in-the-blank questions in the Verbal Reasoning section as well as the Quantitative Reasoning questions. She is very curious and likes to work on problems on her own before I offer assistance."
"I had the student do another practice essay to get another shot to practice. He did well and was able to finish with time to revise. After reviewing his essay, and talking through some areas he could improve for the exam. Then we reviewed some basic algebra to practice what problems might come up on the test. Then we did a word match game to review vocabulary he missed on the last synonyms and sentence completion practice questions. We finished off the session with going over some basic geometry. The student knew many of the concepts, but we were able to refresh his memory and bring the information to the forefront. The next session is the last one, so we will cover what to expect as well as quick practice of each section. We will also review the strategies of each section."
"We went over a writing assignment from a prompt, problem solving, patterns, and time. He is very smart, sweet, and active. We worked on testing strategies for slowing down. The student's mother bought some great practice books; I am going to coordinate ISEE skills for him, and use the books each session to practice."
"This was our first session post the SAT. The student seemed comfortable and is learning to work through everything very well. We started discussing the test for next month as well. We went over general information and strategies, and then started by working on the verbal section. We then went over synonyms and sentence completion, which she handled beautifully!"
"We started by going over a practice test, then worked on converting between fractions, decimals, and percents. Then, we talked about exponents. For the remainder of the time we worked on reading comprehension."