Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over a large set of practice problems given by her regular tutor. She did well on the stuff she'd already learned, but a lot of the material hasn't been covered by her school, so she was being presented with some things for the first time. She was eager to learn and easy to teach. We will have to re-review the concept of rounding. I left her with some work for the verbal section since we covered math this time."
"The student created an outline for the essay prompt I presented her with from the latest round of assignments. I had her walk me through this and asked guiding questions to support adding details and clarifying examples to the outline. We spoke about how an effective, detail oriented outline translates to a better organized, prompt reflective essay. The student agreed that with a thoughtful enough outline, more time can and should be dedicated to the planning process because it is easy enough to translate details from a pre-plan to essay format. Towards the end of our session, I did time the student on several synonym, word completion, quantitative comparison, and then mathematics achievement questions. She did fairly well and assured me she did not feel rushed."
"I covered more of the Verbal section and attempted to quiz the student on the flashcards she had made. We then tackled the reading section in which she showed some improvement and then went over some math concepts and terms that she was unfamiliar with. I left her with the task of making more flash cards and doing more reading."
"The student and I reviewed vocabulary flash cards and the creative essay he wrote, then we reviewed the vocabulary section itself. In the writing portion, I discussed with him time management, showing vs. telling, and other tips for getting it done well in the limited time he has. He is showing good vocabulary retention. For next week, he will write another essay and continue with vocabulary."
"Today, the student and I continued preparing for the ISEE, spending most of our time addressing the reading section. She seems to be in great shape overall, missing only a few questions. In addition, most of what she seems to be missing should be pretty responsive to tutoring. Next session, we'll be working mainly with math. I assigned her some work for next session."
"Today, the student and I finished going through her most recent diagnostic test and started doing practice problems by concept. We started with basic algebraic operations including adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing terms with variables as well as how to factor out the greatest common factor of a polynomial. I specifically tried to get her to see the importance of drawing or writing out everything a problem tells her so she can visualize it on paper. We talked about making sure to answer the exact question she is being asked and not to make any unnecessary assumptions about anything."