Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, I wanted to focus on verbal reasoning and reading comprehension. We worked on ISEE-specific vocabulary by creating flash cards for all of the A-words on our list (taken from the prep book). The student was very effective at finding these words in the dictionary. Once the flashcards were complete, we moved on to a discussion about the ISEE test, in general, its structure, and how test-taking strategies like pacing, guessing, and the process of elimination could help enhance his overall success and alleviate some of the anxiety often associated with taking the ISEE. These strategies were followed by a series of examples that helped concretize his understanding of the materials. Our reading comprehension section consisted of readings from "Popular Science Magazine" (one of the magazines purchased by the student's mother for use in our sessions) and "This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women" (one of a few books I brought for the session). The main goal was to have the student read out loud and explain the content of his readings to me. This was accomplished in a dialogue format. He read from Popular Science Magazine (one article on the innovation of Ford and one on "The Printable Car"), and I read an essay from This I Believe II ("Creating Our Own Happiness" by Wayne Coyne). Next, we continued our session by having the student take a lower level practice test on verbal reasoning that focused on synonyms and sentence completion. While he was strong on both accounts, he seemed to really shine in the section on sentence completion. We concluded our work by going over his flashcards. For homework, he is to continue studying his flash cards, read over the supplied materials (Session 1 and 2 of the prep book curriculum, including the verbal reasoning practice test), and complete the personalized test questions I provided him. I feel really good about the student. He's very bright, honest, and willing to do the necessary work to accomplish his goals of passing the ISEE and getting accepted to his choice private school."
"For our session, the student and I began to work through the geometric principles she needed to know for the ISEE. She was familiar with the types of angles (acute, right, and obtuse) and the kinds of triangles (isosceles, equilateral, and right). As we were working through some of these problems, I saw that a few minor errors were still made regarding decimals, but when I reminded her of these, she saw her mistake quickly. We also worked through a few word problems. At this point in time, we've worked through all of the math building blocks and strategies (and I had her talk me through the strategies we'd previously discussed), so in the future, we'll be meeting for one hour a week in order to cover ISEE Verbal and Reading."
"The student completed a vocabulary unit review assessment. He did well with the words from the particular unit. We reviewed the meaning of "defy"ù and "relent". He answered a very difficult analogy correctly. The student then completed some "workout"ù packets. Each packet included verbal and mathematical components, and the purpose of the packets was to expose him to the language of the ISEE test. The verbal review section of these workouts also introduced an important strategy for the reading comprehension section: classifying questions as specific or general. This strategy is based on identifying certain key words as signals. He answered all practice questions correctly. He then wrote a practice essay. We read through the essay and I offered editing advice. He is going to write another draft and present it to me at the next lesson."