Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed a ratio, fractions, and probability review in the form of an old ISEE test. He answered all fractions questions correctly. He was challenged with two probability problems, but working together, we solved the problems and he said he understood how the numbers related to each other. In addition, with both ratios and probability, he was confident solving problems. Decoding the word problems was not difficult for him; he always recognized what operation he should perform. To help prepare for the test, I will send him home with a cumulative review in this format each week. I sent him home with problems from a sample qualitative review section. He completed a reading passage from a sample ISEE test. He used mapping correctly while he was reading; he answered all five reading comprehension correctly. He used process of elimination for three questions. He consistently referenced evidence from the passage to justify his answers. His logic and his citations were impeccable. I gave him another sample passage to complete at home. He read through an ISEE vocabulary word list; he has always done well on synonym assessments, and rarely gotten the same word wrong twice; that is, if he missed a word on a synonym multiple-choice question, he would get it correct on context clue questions; the word list is a very direct way of finding words that he really is unfamiliar with for practice. He read a new draft of his "dream vacation"ù essay. His essay was very descriptive. The essay was handwritten, so I took it home to type out. I will add my notes and suggestions, email it back to him this week, and have him read his final draft aloud. The student also wrote a descriptive re-interpretation of three general, non-descript sentences I wrote in the previous lesson. He read the new writing aloud to me. His reading was well-dramatized, and his language was appropriately descriptive. I will read through the writing for technical errors and advise him to correct them in the next lesson."
"During our session, I introduced the student to the ISEE lower level test. We discussed the types of sections, amount of time for each, number of questions, etc. After going over general strategies about when and how to guess, we went over each section and their individual question types. He did well with the strategies we discussed for the verbal section, particularly identifying tone and eliminating unlikely answers. He needs some extra practice recognizing some of the common words. I gave him a list of common roots, prefixes, and suffixes to review, and he told me he also has a list of common words to review from an ISEE prep book. Although he has yet to encounter a number of concepts covered on the math and quantitative sections, he is very strong at interpreting what word problems are asking for and developing methods to solve. We focused on using the question type and answer choices to find shortcuts and check answers. In the future, we will go over common concepts that he will encounter on the actual test. We briefly touched on the reading comprehension section, so we will review strategies for this in our next meeting."
"Today we did timed practice sections for all three subjects. He is steadily improving. For the next time, I've asked him to do the 2nd and 3rd reading comprehension section in the sample test I gave him."