Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Prior to today's session, I created a compilation of exercises to gain a better perspective on the student's levels (previous sessions and practice work) and to further investigate her ability to think outside placement exam-related content and questions. During this session, I also timed each problem and took down notes related to each skill set so that I could determine the level of attention each skill set would get in future sessions (and practice tests). Skills covered: point-slope formula, distance formula, absolute value, numeric sequences, perimeter of hexagon word problems, area of square, finding the diagonal of a square, volume of a cube, FOIL, midpoint formula, perpendicular lines, y-intercepts of functions, determining values for exterior angles of triangles, Pythagorean theorem, arithmetic sequences, finding the reciprocal, arithmetic mean, simplifying expressions with fractions, percents, decimal equivalents of fractions, and finding the volume of a right cone. The student works best within a 30-10 time sequence. That's 30 minutes of study followed by 10 minutes of break/ conversation time. She and I were able to engage in very interesting discussions about a variety of topics including the "Homeless Child Experiment," a large apple tree recently removed from a nearby intersection (which she used to climb when she was 4), Stephen Hawking (and her mother's connection to), and Christopher Paolini, her current favorite literary influence and the author of "Brisingr." She is an unusually bright and creative individual and I look forward to our next session."
"I specifically covered the ISEE homework I had assigned her (one section of math and one section of verbal). She is a wonderful student and there is just room for improvement in the verbal. The student is very bright and it's just a matter of learning as many words as possible. I left her with a lot of verbal homework and look forward for our session tomorrow."
"We covered the Quantitative Reasoning portion of the ISEE exam. She had some difficulty with the algebra concepts but, after careful explanation, she began to understand. Some of the Quantitative Comparisons were difficult for her, but we went through them and she stated she understood it better. We will go over the reading section tomorrow at the same time. I also assigned her an easier Quantitative Reasoning to see if she improves."