Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session on Sunday, the student completed an entire practice ISEE test, which she felt went well, aside from the math section, on which she ran out of time. We reviewed the synonym and sentence completion sections, making flash cards for unknown words as usual. We turned to the math section, focusing in particular on the quantitative comparison section. It seems she got most tripped up on the geometric proofs, which she hasn't covered yet in school, so I decided to dedicate a portion of our next session to outlining the basics. In general, she is very quick with the math that she does know and only gets stuck when she moves too quickly through a problem. I encouraged her to write out all of her problems, step by step, in order to ensure she doesn't miss anything. For the next session, I assigned her yet another SSAT practice test; going forward, we will spend most of our time reviewing the tests she has already taken, so that she is not taking tests during her first weeks of school."
"For today's session we went through an ISEE practice exam that is directly from the makers of the test. I have found that this practice exam is much more in line with how the actual exam will be. The student seemed much more confident with the material in this test and did exceptionally well in the mathematics achievement and reading sections. She has gotten better about working through problems in quantitative reasoning. We also went over an example of a well-written essay and talked about the pros and cons. She had very good points about the writing and I think will do very well on the essay portion as well."
"The student took the ISEE Upper Level practice test before I saw him this afternoon. He did not take the essay, so he started the session by taking that. Even though he had 30 minutes, he finished it in 10. His scores were as follows: Verbal 53% (60% synonyms; 45% sentence completion); Quantitative 57% (multiple choice 76%; comparisons 38%); Reading Comprehension 73%; Mathematics Achievement 42%. He had never been exposed to quantitative comparisons, and once we went over them, he already was able to correct some of the ones he got wrong. He had difficulties with sentence completion because he sometimes didn't pay attention to clues in the sentence, which we will continue to address. His reading comprehension score is excellent, and this is even with him being unable to finish the last passage of the section. I am confident these scores will continue to rise as we continue."