Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through an initial assessment and we discussed what she will need to do to be successful on the ISEE and in her application to the school of her choice. The assessment identified the areas of concern as vocabulary, geometry, and using variables. She learned how to eliminate vocabulary choices by identifying the root and using the prefix in a word. She also learned a method to quickly pick out the smallest or largest fraction in a series by estimating the decimal. She received practice work in quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, and essay writing to complete by our next session."
"Student C is just completely nailing her reading passages. I really don't think that her reading passages are going to cause her any problems at all. We will continue to do them for practice, and to go over certain difficult vocabulary words that always seem to find themselves into the reading questions, but as far as reading comprehension goes, it's just something she really understands. She made so much progress in math in our last session. We are currently trying to target the concepts of rounding and fractions because both of these concepts appear frequently on the placement exams. She struggled at first with rounding decimals, but we had a long discussion about the number line, and she seems to be understanding it now. Regardless, we will continue to work on rounding, and tomorrow we will begin our fraction work. Her spelling sentences were wonderful, and I am going to introduce a few more words to her each week (while still going over the words from the previous week), so that she will have a large database for the actual exam. I am so incredibly proud of her though. She always gives me her full attention and puts her heart and mind into understanding every new (and always challenging) concept. Student V is definitely making progress as well. I think that one of the most important things our sessions are doing for her is they are slowly building her stamina for the actual exam. She is not fidgeting or looking away as much as she used to, and she is capable of an incredible amount of focus for such a young little girl! She continues to do well on the reading passages that she physically reads (she got every single question right on the last passage), but she still needs some work with auditory comprehension. The bigger I make the reminder that she needs to really listen, the more she listens, so I think that if I continue to remind her, it'll give her a trigger for the actual auditory comprehension portion of the exam. As far as math goes, we are working on reading graphs and certain measurement instruments (such as thermometers and rulers). She completely understands the basic concept behind it (i.e. she can tell you that a thermometer reads "70 degrees"), which is great, but she struggles a little more when the line falls halfway in between 70 and 80 and she is required to produce a number. But I plan to get her there with number line work! She and I had a lot of fun towards the end of our session yesterday. We did a mini spelling bee competition with her spelling/ vocabulary words. This seemed to really get her attention, so I plan to try to use more games like this to engage her."
"The first session with this student went great! She is very bright and excited to learn. We began by going over a few basic testing strategies and started going over some vocabulary and sentence completion. I left her with a lot of new vocab words to practice as well as to read the intro section in the book."