Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our second session together. After the student's stellar performance last week we finally encountered some types of problems that he was unfamiliar with. Ratios, volume, algebra and decimals are all subjects that I want to focus on during the upcoming weeks. We did a critical reading section today as well and he did very well; his analytical approach to reading is perfect for these types of tests."
"To start, I went over a math section practice test that he did for homework. A few question types were hard for him, so we spent some time on them. I also reviewed decimals with him, and we did a reading section at the end."
"Homework review (operations with fractions, essay, reading comp, vocab), multiplying with decimals. Overnight hw is to correct parts of essay and subtracting with fractions. Weekly homework includes word problems with using fractions and operations."
"The student and I started with a math warm-up, playing a math game called 100 or Bust. Using multiples of 10s, she found strategies to get to 100. Then, we did some math practice problems- definitely an area of strength for her. She got caught on the actual specific question being asked, so reading and rereading before selecting the answer will be helpful. Next, we moved onto reading passages. She did an excellent job on the straight forward comprehension questions with the reading passages but had trouble with interpreting the context within passages. We will do a lot more work on this in the next session. Once she slows herself down and reads and rereads, she is able to come up with the right answer. We ended with roots and prefixes with vocabulary. She did a great job today!"
"This session went very well except a little technical difficulty. She is very good with multiplying which helped her find the area of objects easily. We need to practice on remembering the different equations to use for the different types of objects. Synonyms were quite easy for her to understand. I will be making a few practice tests for her to do during the week ."
"Today we revised the student's essay. We focused on word choice and voice. He identified overused words and replaced them with stronger, more specific words. He also used a stronger hook and additional details so that his voice came through his writing. I encouraged him to work on these skills as he continues writing during the school year. He completed a great essay! We also spent some time on the reading comprehension section. He can identify the main idea after each passage and answered all of the corresponding questions correctly. We spent the last few minutes working on sample quantitative reasoning. He is a thinker and can easy identify details/facts that have been added to distract."
"The student will be taking the lower level ISEE exam. We worked on the Math section covering word problems, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, order of operations, statistics, perimeter and area. Great session as an introduction to multiple levels in mathematics. The student did well and did learn some new areas in math including statistics. He was asked to find the mode so we also covered mean and median. We will continue studying for the ISEE math section into the next few sessions until the student takes his exam."
"The student and I began the afternoon with a brief review of our work on the Quantitative Reasoning section from the previous session, and in doing so, we discovered some areas of math content in which she wants practice. Those areas formed the basis for most of our work for this session. In particular, we worked on: * Operations with fractions, especially when dealing with multiple fractions that have different denominators; * Converting fractions to decimals and vice versa to make the numbers in a problem easier to work with, and how to tell when this kind of conversion would be useful; * How to handle percentage-based questions, especially those with multiple parts like percent-increase or percent-discount problems; * How & when to simplify fractions to make subsequent calculations on a multi-step problem easier and faster; * What sequence of 'consecutive integers' means and how to work with consecutive-sequence questions quickly by using the x, x+1, x+2 relationship between the component numbers in the sequence, as well as by performing the same operation on each number in the sequence to get a particular result; * What prime numbers are and how to shortcut calculations in questions involving them by applying quick techniques for determining factors to the potential answer choices; and * Spotting when a word problem requires finding and/or working with the remainder in a long division problem vs. solving for an exact decimal value."
"We covered some of the math section on the assessment and at their mother's request I helped them prepare for two tests: Mythology and Math. They did very well."
"We practiced sections on critical reading and quantitative reasoning. Student has shown good progress in terms of speed when completing math problems. We're practicing how to read questions and determine quickly what information is needed to problem solve and what information is superfluous. We're also getting his speed up when completing critical reading. We're practicing recognizing key information and determining what text is not needed to answer questions. Student is also becoming more comfortable timing himself and taking educated guesses when he has exceeded his time limit."
"The student nailed all of the vocabulary today from all of our months together. It was extremely gratifying and made me very proud. I'm looking forward to seeing how she does on our full-length practice test this weekend. I think she's in great shape with all the material, and her attitude has been spectacular throughout our work together."
"We went over his homework assigned the night before. He did a great job with graphs and tables. We continued on to some personalized problems involving geometry, graphs, tables, algebra, and percents. I assigned the majority of the math practice from his textbook as well as three chapters of homework from the verbal and reading comprehension just to ensure he has mastered these. I am very impressed by the student's improvement and work ethic! I know he will be very successful in his academic career!"