Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Both students continue to do so well. My main focus with them at the moment is writing. The writing portion of the ISEE is significant because it is the only freelance section of the test. They have the opportunity to really show how intelligent they are through this section, and the key to this is organization. The first student's writing improves each time we do a writing exercise. She is really mastering organization, so we're now trying to build up individual sentences within an organized framework to increase the depth of her writing. We're focusing on adjectives, imagery, and will move into figurative language soon. The second student and I are currently working on the organization of writing. Organization and length will be the two most significant aspects of writing at her age. We are trying to get used to using words such as "first," "second," and "third," to provide a clear road map for the information she is presenting. Overall, she is writing wonderful sentences (way above her age level)."
"The student simplified six fractions to lowest (simplest) terms. He answered 6/6 questions correctly. Most encouraging, he wrote out his work for each problem and correctly selected the greatest common factor (GCF) for each fraction. Not only is his average performance on these problems improving, but he is consistently using a solution method. His pace completing the problems has increased in conjunction with his average math score. I introduced him to multiplying and dividing fractions. We completed two problems of fraction multiplication. He quickly understood cross-simplification; by the end of the second problem, he said it all "made sense." We reviewed the terms mean, median, mode, and range, and he verbally defined each term. He found the mean for a data set of five numbers; his answer was correct. He then verbally defined "range,"ù and then identified the range for a data set. He completed 10 synonym multiple-choice questions and 10 antonym questions. The questions were divided into two sets: 5 synonyms and 5 antonyms. The second set was considerably harder; he answered all questions correctly I analyzed a piece of writing he did for this lesson. I asked him to write an essay about planning his dream trip; His essay was four paragraphs long. I analyzed the details in each paragraph. His writing was well-organized, but I suggested that he might be more specific in his opening paragraph. I want him to understand that good descriptive writing can say a lot with just a little space, that it shows instead of tells, that it creates an image in the mind of the reader. His writing continues to improve."
"We started by reviewing the student's vocabulary homework. She said some of the words were new, and she seems to have learned them all. We will therefore continue to use this as our primary way to increase synonym and sentence completion scores. The vocabulary book also provides some basic reading comprehension, allowing us to focus more on math in our sessions. For math, I had assigned algebra. We went over negatives, primes, even/odd, and factors."