Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over some sections of the practice test he did a few weeks ago, the verbal and reading sections. He's going to do some flashcards this week to help him with the synonyms on the test. He did a lot better with sentence completion. On the reading comprehension, he only had issue with questions on authorial intent and overall message. We talked about reading intro and conclusion carefully, separating facts from opinions, and remembering that opinions are important. We will practice more of these types of questions to increase his familiarity with those strategies. It was another good session today."
"This was my first tutoring session with this student. He is preparing for the ISEE -- Upper Division -- Exam. Today he took his first practice test. On Section #1, Verbal Reasoning, he got 23 out of the 35 questions correct (66%). On Section #2, Quantitative Reasoning, he correctly answered 11 out of the 32 questions (34%). On Section #3, Reading Comprehension, he got 18 out of the 30 questions correct (60%). On Section #4, Mathematics Achievement, he correctly answered 18 out of the 42 questions (43%). I'd like to note that for the two math sections, he did of all the mathematical computing in his head. He did not use the scratch paper at all. We then moved on to the practice essay. Today's essay topic: "Who is someone to whom you look up? Explain why you feel this way." The student did not do any brainstorming or note-taking before writing his essay. After he was finished, I read it silently. I then asked him to give himself a letter grade. He gave himself a grade of B+. I would agree with that his written essay was in the B to B+ range. He gave good, descriptive examples to support the given topic. We concluded today's tutoring lesson with vocabulary development. We reviewed 10 new vocabulary words and their definitions, and then I gave him a twenty-question quiz (to check for understanding). He got 14 out of the 20 questions correct (70%). We got a lot accomplished today. He used the time well, but he may want to slow down a bit when working on the practice test. He was very attentive and focused on the task at hand, so our tutoring session was very productive."
"First, we reviewed vocabulary. For homework, the student is going to write a Tall Story utilizing the vocabulary words. Second, we went over prefixes and suffixes. The student started and will finish creating a Tall Story for these as well. I typed up a sheet explaining strategies for answering reading comprehension questions and shared this with the student and reviewed aspects of the sheet, which included an approach to completing reading comprehension questions where a student ASK, Reads, and Tells. ASK: First, the student reads the title and makes meaning out of what topic might be about and then asks 2 questions about what they hope to answer through the reading. They then read the question and note any keywords in the question. READ: The next step is to Read and hear the student actively mark the passage with keywords, words that show a shift, repeated words or phrases, etc., and is able to come up with a one sentence summary of each paragraph upon finishing reading. TELL: The final step is to Tell, which means that after the student is done reading they attempt to answer the questions they generated and then the reading passage question. We focused on the main idea today and one other hint we reviewed was the importance of reviewing topic sentence and concluding sentence as a way to help consider the main idea. Additionally, when looking at the title it can often hint at the type of passage it will be with suggestive titles such as i.e. Why Taking Foreign Languages are Important, etc. Additional HW: The student will do no more than 6 reading passages, focusing on finding the main idea and supporting details."