Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we began by reviewing the homework assigned from last session, including math drills focused on percents and exponents/square roots. Next, we moved through the next set of math drills, focused on algebra, including simple equations, manipulating an equation, manipulating an inequality, and translating/solving percent questions. The student has mastered most of that content, but can get tripped up when dealing with decimals (making sure she puts the decimal point where it needs to be) and translating percent word problems into solvable equations, so we workshopped those types of problems before moving on to continuing to work in the ISEE math section. There, we reviewed general math strategies and specific multiple-choice strategies, and applied them to algebra, geometry, word problem, and math vocabulary problems, and consolidated her learning with a review drill. For homework, we discussed how to make the daily vocab building allotment more manageable, and agreed on a system that will work better for the student and set her up for success. I also assigned her to finish out the Ch. 2 math content drills on geometry, word problems, and overall review, and to work on selected problems from the ISEE math practice review drill for the section we covered together. In order to make sure her learning from our last sessions on the Verbal Reasoning section stays fresh, I assigned her to take a timed VR practice test. We are meeting again on Monday, and we will finish out the math sections during this and the session after, before finishing out with Reading Comprehension and overall review."
"Today Student 1 and I focused primarily on the quantitative and math sections of his Lower Level ISEE exam. Once I point him in the right direction, he is able to solve a problem quickly. At the same time, however, he has trouble with minor errors from not showing work. I emphasized reading the question again after he had selected an answer to help with this problem. He excels in the verbal section. Because he breezed through on the Lower Level sections, we worked on some in the Middle Level and he was able to answer nearly all of them correctly! Student 2 and I went over mostly the comparative questions in the quantitative section, and also did a quick reading passage since we haven't focused on that section very heavily. He does well with most of the questions and seems to be a very consistent test-taker. I left both of them with the assignment of writing a timed essay for us to go over together."
"The student received 100% on her latest test. We briefly covered areas of trapezoids, parallelograms, kites, rhombuses, squares, and rectangles. We also reviewed the sometime, always, never questions. I believe, once she memorizes the equations for the areas of these quadrilaterals she will have no problem at all with these types of problems. As for the sometimes, always, never questions she just has to follow the diagram she draws. Then we proceeded to the independent school entrance exam math questions. We discussed money, including bill, tip and total, we well as word problems. We also worked on some simple test strategies, if a problem is taking too long, to guess, note the question you guessed on some how, (perhaps draw a star), and return to it if you have time. Also, she needs to remember to read carefully and with more practice I believe she will do fine Her mom assured me that she would be practicing each night before the test, and we will continue to work with her on Wednesday."