Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was my last session with the student as we prepared for her exam next week. I looked over her practice test from last time, and today we focused on coming up with some concrete and easy-to-follow steps that she can use to solve common math problems on test day. She will excel at the verbal and reading components on the test, so math is about grabbing as many points as she can to improve her score any way possible. Following these rules and reviewing them before test day will definitely help give her confidence when she sees similar problems one the exam. To break up all the math today, we also did a couple timed reading passages, and she didn't get a single question wrong. She has been a lot of fun and has taught me as much about tailoring my tutoring strategies based on a students strengths and interests as I have taught her about math. I was happy to see her get a few algebra questions right on the exam. She will do well if she manages her time effectively on test day."
"The student and I began our session by creating vocabulary flashcards for all of the "D" words on the ISEE lower level vocabulary list. We then studied the flashcards in their entirety. Next, we continued with a series of reading comprehension worksheets. The first worksheet was entitled, "Forms of Matter," and involved finding pertinent information within the paragraphs to answer the questions. The second worksheet was entitled, "Energy to Motion," and similarly involved reading and answering questions. After the science-themed worksheets, we switched gears a bit and moved onto a reading comp packet that centered around "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." I read to the student the chapter given and asked her to answer the first page of questions (order of events, fill in the blanks). She was very much into this story, and after grading her work, she asked me to put a checkmark on the paper to indicate that she got them all right. The gears were turning. Our next exercise centered around synonyms and matching vocabulary with their appropriate definitions. These words were from the story and the previous exercises. The next couple of exercises ("The Main Idea" and "What do you Think?") centered around the student's interpretation of particular events within the Alice story as well as her ability to express these ideas in opinion-based writing. The final exercise of this packet was a word scramble, and this exercise tested her mental acuity. Every word used in the scramble was a key word from the story, and I asked story-related questions to help jar her memory and facilitate the creative/linguistic process. To close our session, I had the student engage in a writing exercise by writing (on Thanksgiving-themed paper) down things she was thankful for this year."
"We continued working on ISEE practice test 3. She continues to show strong reading comprehension and math skills. Vocabulary remains an area in which the greatest improvement can be made."