Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our first session, we went over the general overview and formatting of the ISEE test. I believe the student has gotten the general gist of how this test works and the timing on each section. Using the diagnostic results on the quantitative reasoning sections, we focused on comparison problems and solving problems that use variables as our first topic. We also went over some vocabulary words and I provided her with online and paper resources that she can use to create personal flashcards for memorization. She did a great job on using context clues and narrowing down answer choices to arrive at the correct answer! She will complete a mini diagnostic test from a workbook source, which we will go over next session as well as online learning sets for extra practice. It was a great first session and progress will surely come as she studies and practices."
"During this session, we went over the full-length practice test the student had taken this week and worked on the areas where help would be most useful - reading and math. We revisited some strategies we had already talked about, and I made a few additional suggestions, like always pointing to the answer in the reading passage (on applicable questions). We also did practice problems with some of the math concepts that she almost understood, but not quite; she now has a solid grasp of those concepts. It was a pleasure working with the student. She is very bright, and I have no doubt she has great things in her future."
"During out last session, I assigned the student 10 words to do on her own as homework. Then we moved on to new words. There were a few from the list that she seemed very comfortable with, so I decided to not include them. We got through a good amount of vocabulary, and at the end, I decided to give her a different assignment. I told her to pick 5 of her favorite words that we had gone over, and teach them to someone in her family. I asked her not to rely on the cards, but to teach them using examples and trying to describe their meaning with her own words. When we start our session this morning, I'll ask her to teach those particular words to me and ask her how comfortable she feels with the meaning after having done that. The point, of course, is to get her to see how much more of an understanding she will have with a newly built vocabulary, if she extends the knowledge to someone else."