Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student focused on reviewing Reading Comprehension and Math Achievement Strategies. We were still working from the ISEE Practice Test 1. After completing a full reading section with nine passages total, she got a 75%, or 30 out of 40 questions correct. She is very good at narrowing down answer choice. After reviewing the problems and going over how to use context clues in order to get to the right choice, she fixed her mistakes and was able to change how she approaches details in order to answer what the questions specifically ask. We then worked for an hour on math concepts she had not reviewed, specifically trigonometry. We went over practice problems involving 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles as well as how to use sine, cosine, and tangent in right triangle problems. We also delved into geometry word problems. After giving her more examples and going over acronyms such as SOCHATOA, she really has shown understanding with regards to these topics. The last thing we covered are ratios and proportions and how to solve for a missing entity. I also assigned her the practice exam reading sections, so we can go over it adequately before her exam next week."
"I had her continue to work on the first practice ISEE test so I can get a sense of how she is doing in each of the sections. We started by going over the quantitative reasoning section that I had left with her to do for homework. I taught her these concepts and wrote them out for her in her notebook. I suggest that she keep all of the definitions and equations that I give her in one place so she can study them later. I'm also positive that she will learn these concepts in school this spring or next fall, before she takes the ISEE for real. For the rest of the session I had her do a reading comprehension section, which seemed extremely easy for her (and she got almost every question correct). In a future session I will go over strategies for approaching these types of problems, but for the time being I think we should spend more time on the math and the verbal reasoning, sections that she struggled more with."
"The student and I discussed and reviewed the writing assessment procedure. Then we discussed the writing process and how much time he should allocate for brainstorming, outlining, writing, and revising. Next, I set a timer for 30 minutes and we each responded to the prompt, "If you could do any type of community service anywhere, what would it be and why?" He brainstormed and wrote for the entire 30 minutes very passionately about saving sharks. He created a hotline for people to donate money to, and even created a t-shirt give-a-away as an award. His strongest writing elements included tone and technical skill, but he did not rewrite the prompt as he was directed nor did he use transitions. He also did not have time to revise, so we critiqued the writing after the 30-minute time limit. He stated that he understood that he needed to compact his entire process in 30 minutes. He is a strong, persuasive writer. Next, we focused on 5 new words he was to define and put into a comic from the previous session. He used explicit incorrectly in a sentence, but the context was correct. We also quizzed on 20 other words from previous sessions. Lastly, he attempted the synonyms portion in his workbook. He performed well, and we used the words he did not know as our new words for next session. We decided for next session we would visit math again."