Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In preparation before her PRAXIS I Exam on Friday, we conducted the session in a similar manner to the day prior. I was able to acquire an additional preparation booklet that we had used earlier, and administered an additional practice exam. During the past few practice exams, in my opinion, the student was beginning to grasp the various concepts (i.e., close reading, selection elimination, scaffolding) to improve her overall results. She does continue to show mastery of literal questions while the interpretive questions do give her a bit of trouble. By definition, the interpretive questions ask the reader, in one way or another, to re-construct the main idea of the passage or section of the passage, provide context for what the author's objective was for the writing the piece, or categorize the piece by predicting what type of publication it would be likely to appear in. As I stated earlier, the logical or literal questions that ask for word substitution, definition or summary of facts give her little to no trouble at all. The interpretive questions account for the variability in her score as we continued to come up with ways to attack such questions. When she implements the close reading or scaffolding strategies, or takes additional time to force herself to support her answer based on the text the jump in her ability to answer the more difficult questions is substantial. We have discussed several times that every minute of the exam time should be leveraged to optimize her score, and that while working quickly is perfectly fine, it should be tempered with a careful review once the initial pass at the test is completed. Overall, she works extremely hard and continues to be focused during our sessions. Hopefully the hard work pays off in the near future, as she deserves to complete this last piece of the PRAXIS I."
"Continued working on linear and quadratic equations. Needed a little help with transformational shifts and quadratic factoring but is making great progress toward passing the exam."
"During our last session, the student completed a full English test. She scored a 33. I am very pleased with her progress on the English sections. Her score has been steadily increasing (27, 28, 30, 30, 30, 33). For homework, she had taken a full Reading and a full English test. She scored a 30 on both. Overall, if she keeps in mind everything we discussed during our practice sessions, she should expect to do very well on the exam. Good luck!"
"The student and I reviewed word problem pitfalls for the admissions exam. She asked for interview tips so we held a mock interview and spoke about how to answer the questions."
"Today the student and I reviewed section 3 (reading comprehension) and section 4 (math) of practice test 2. She only had 2 incorrect on the reading and 5 incorrect on the math since she had run out of time. She then completed all sections of the practice test 1 except for the reading comprehension which she will complete for homework. She does such a great job. It is a pleasure working with her. On the sections that she completed today, she got only a few wrong. I explained SOHCAHTOA and factorial to her as her math teacher said these may be on the test and had been in another test prep book. I suggested that during the week, before we meet again next Sunday, she take a full practice test. We can then review it next Sunday. She should also go through her notes and see if anything needs clarification. She should just relax on Thursday and Friday prior to her test. I have no concerns and think she will do extremely well on the ISEE!"
"Today the student and I went through a practice test, specifically working on English and math. She did a great job throughout the English section, and I only had to make small corrections in places. In math she also did well at the beginning, getting most of the easy problems correct. As we get to harder ones she makes a few mistakes (which is typical of most students) but still knows how to set most problems up or at least eliminate her way to victory!"
"The student and I went over reading strategies for the humanities and prose passages of the reading section, focusing on speed reading strategies and strategies of elimination for out of scope, irrelevant, and extreme answer choices. I assigned homework as discussed"
"Today was great! The student had completed a full practice exam and we were able to score and review the entire exam. She did very well in reading estimating about 600-650. She did pretty well in math, estimating a 550-600. And her lowest score was in writing at about a 450. We spent the most time reviewing writing and noticed common mistakes were missing errors in parallelism and in matching nouns by plurality and possession. She will complete another full exam that we will review next week as it is our final session before her exam."
"Both students and I worked through 40 SAT math questions with a focus on probability, algebraic expressions, and systems of equations. Both girls did extremely well on systems of equations and were generally able to set up and solve algebraic expressions, but struggled with probability and with "number sense" questions. We talked about the format of the math section as well as strategies for moving through questions efficiently and pulling important information."
"The student and I finished going over the practice test from yesterday. We reviewed the strategies for each section and then looked at relevant practice questions. He did very well on Verbal and math - 4/20 wrong on verbal, 3/8 and 4/20 wrong on math. We covered all the words and topics he had trouble with and then moved on to some reading practice, which he also did well on, only getting 2 wrong. I gave him links to some geometry formulas and common root words, both of which he should review daily until our next meeting."
"We went over the English and Science sections of the most recent completed practice tests questions by question. We learned not to place a comma after a conjunction between two independent clauses for English. For Science, we again stressed not to make assumptions about the passage and applied that strategy with logical reasoning to come to the best answer choice. The student seems to be struggling with reading in detail and focusing during long passages. She needs to take care to find concrete evidence within a passage to support her answers. She has good knowledge of grammatical content but has trouble applying them to sentences. These are the things we will be working on as we move forward."
"The student and I preread some of Huckleberry Finn to prepare for the new dialect. She and I talked about the main points of the book. She asked for more information about the SAT and AP tests, since they differ from college entrance exams. We went over several the SAT reading questions and discussed the three different types of AP essay exam questions, and what notes she needed to study for each. She and I decided to work on grammar. I will send her weekly grammar assignments to work on. She is very self motivated to learn on her own time and use our tutoring session as a way to focus and refine her individual studying techniques."