Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on placement exam vocabulary and reading comprehension. We did a full quant and reading practice test and I emailed him a few more to do before our next session."
"His ISEE exam is scheduled for the first week of December, so we continued the final steps of his preparation on Wednesday. I'm very confident in his verbal abilities and in his math skill set, but his two biggest problems now are both on the math section and we tried to address both of these with strategies this week. The first problem is getting started with problems that appear to be complicated. A lot of students struggle to organize their thoughts, especially on a timed test, when their first perception of a question is that it is difficult. I worked with him on strategies to minimize this stress by identifying the key aspects of the problem, establishing a goal, and getting to work breaking down the problem as soon as possible. A lot of these steps will help him with his second biggest problem: making simple errors. He still tries to go too fast at times, so I have been trying to impress on him the importance of showing all his work and writing down key formulas before he gets started. There are still a few gaps in his math education, but it actually looks like his current math teacher is trying to address some of these (exponents, radicals) in preparation for the test. I want him to take the full-length practice test from the ISEE this weekend and be prepared to go over it on Monday when we meet again."
"He went through a lot of review material during this session. He has structured his essay in the correct format as opposed to the previous session and gives a continuous flow of information. Again, his grammar needs to be worked on. I went over corrections with him, and he suggested ways in which he can fix his grammar. I also guided him to a website that has various examples of ISEE essays that have been written and graded so he gets a better sense of how to write on the exam. He will fix his essay and attempt another one for homework. We then went over the Quantitative Reasoning section of an assigned ISEE Exam. He got more than half of the problems right, which shows improvement from the previous session. Today we worked on some of the last couple of concepts he hasn't been exposed to, including equations in standard form, finding the x and y intercepts of lines, and the slope of parallel and perpendicular lines. We also went over circle formulas, which he has shown great improvement in as well as decimal/percent conversions and proportions. He needed help the most with the Reading Comprehension section today, getting 3 out of 6 questions correct on a timed passage. However, when we went over the answers he found out where he went wrong without me telling him the answers, which shows this is a focus oriented problem. To remedy this, I assigned him an ISEE practice test with timed passages as well as all other sections so he has a realistic approach to the test and can put everything he learned in the last five sessions together. He has shown slow but steady improvement in most sections, which is progress from the starting point. With these last couple of days it is crucial for him to complete the assigned practice to get as much as possible out of the tutoring."