Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did two practice sections to determine her weaknesses. We worked through the problems she missed with strategies."
"During this session, we reviewed the Verbal Skills components of the ISEE, which are Synonyms and Sentence Completions. I tried to get a sense of what his strengths and areas of improvement are. We did several practice problems in Verbal Skills. I am planning to review his full ISEE practice exam he took to create a study guide for us to use so we are targeting needed areas. We ended the session with looking at 2 reading passages and answered questions. I taught him a few strategies to help him actively read passages including paying attention to the structure of paragraphs. We narrowed in on the importance of 1. reading questions before reading the passage, 2. paying attention to the title of the passage for any context clues, 3. understanding the topic sentence, and 4. noting the concluding sentence. We also focused on how to make educated guesses around vocabulary words and discussed how to break up words considering their prefixes i.e. con or pre. I assigned him in between time work including reviewing a list of 12 vocabulary words and coming up with sentences that can help him retain the definitions of the vocabulary. He also needs to read at least 2 reading passages out of his text book and do some practice synonyms and sentence completions problems. I want to work with him on strategies for how to decipher challenging vocabulary, pay attention to context clues in sentences, and overall test prep because I think this will help him with his exam, boost his level of confidence, and his enjoyment for reading. He is struggling with challenging vocabulary that often trips him up and stands in the way of his success with working through the verbal section."
"The student and I worked on the math section of the SAT. It's clear that she is in good possession of a great deal of the fundamentals to tackle the test, but she often, due to what seems a lack of confidence, second guesses herself into making mistakes in the setting up of the question. By performing more problems and familiarizing herself with the means to solve them, she'll be able to tackle the questions with less hesitation."