Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For today's session, the student and I continued to practice for her upcoming ISEE and SAT. We worked on a writing prompt that had asked her to plan out her perfect vacation. There is no doubt that the writing portion of the exams will be very easy for her. Next, we worked on some math problems, but we were only able to get through about 20 questions. We will work on the harder problems next session."
"Tonight I saw the student and we worked through a couple of concepts that had tripped her up on the practice test that she had taken last week. We first talked about rounding. I gave her 10 numbers of varying length and asked her to round all of them to the nearest 100th. She did all of them perfectly and was able to tell me in each case why she did what she did. I told her we could do a little bit of reading between math, so we read another story from the horse story book. We only spent about 15 minutes doing this. We finished by doing ratios, which she responded well to, but which she will have to practice a little more. I think she can do the problems very well when I tell her what we are going to do to solve the problem, but I don't know if she has grasped why she is doing it."
"For our last session together, I reviewed with the student some things she could do to raise her score on Quantitative Reasoning prior to administering two practice sections back-to-back. Since this section contains thirty-eight questions to be completed within thirty-five minutes, I reminded her of the 1-Pass-2-Pass system. For this test, she began to better prioritize this time, attempting only those problems that she felt she grasped conceptually and could answer both quickly and thoughtfully. I was so thrilled to see her score jump on both of these practice sections, exhibiting her ability to score within the top seventy-fifth percentile each time. Her Mathematics Achievement sections have been consistently impressive as have her Reading Comprehension sections. Since our last section, she's been continuing to review new vocabulary words as synonym problems. Finally, after watching her improve her ability to work thoughtfully and to manage her time effectively on the Quantitative Reasoning, I let her know that she was ready to ace this test!"