Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we talked about the student's test she just took. She's looking to take the ACT as well so she can get into her choice school. For this session, I wanted to focus on verbal reasoning and reading comprehension. She started work on vocabulary with creating flash cards for all of the A-words on our list. Many of the vocabulary words were new to her, including the words within the definitions, so I helped her by spelling out the words as she copied them to the index cards. Once the flash cards were complete, I revisited the information pertaining to the test in general, its structure, and how test-taking strategies like pacing, guessing, and the process of elimination could help enhance her overall success. I paid special attention to the examples illustrating the various strategies, walking her through each one to ensure she understood. As expected, her intuition picked up on the materials that were above her grade-level and I could see that she was able to witness her own intelligence and adaptability. Our reading comprehension section consisted of readings from magazines. The main goal was to have her read out loud and explain the content of the readings to me. After reading comprehension practice, I had her attempt the verbal reasoning practice test, supplied in the test prep textbook, which consisted of two sections (synonyms and one on sentence completion). Ultimately, she did really well showing a knack for understanding contextual clues and the ability to intuitively grasp the meaning of words. I could see the excitement and giddiness of such an opportunity build up within her. For homework, she was to continue studying her flash cards, read over the supplied materials, and complete the personalized test questions provided through the website. I feel really good about the student. She's sweet, sensitive, success-oriented, and I believe she has a bright future ahead of her. I look forward to helping her accomplish her goals of passing the test and getting into the school of her choice."
"Using an example from a previous state test, we reviewed reading comp strategies and writing suggestions. The hour ended with math problems, proportions and algebraic expressions."
"I had the student finish the second half of the practice ISEE test. We then discussed the problems he had missed on the first half of the practice test."