Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began by reviewing his vocabulary lists. He has a solid sense of all the words we studied through last week and knows the new words he covered since then. After our review, I had him organize and I write an essay about his ideal job in a 30 minute time limit. I helped him a little with the brainstorming, but he was able to complete the task in under 30 minutes, so I asked him to check his spelling and grammar and told him he should do this on test day as well. His writing is pretty good, but we will continue to practice brainstorming and outlining to help him get started on the essay. We then went on to Math. We reviewed how to add and subtract fractions, and then I wrote two pages of problems for the student to do, some with common denominators and some with unlike denominators. He's doing well with this skill now. Finally, we covered adding and subtracting fractions. He didn't have any trouble with this concept either."
"The student and I took a practice test for each of the mathematical sections of the ISEE today. We started with the math section, where she finished with 10 minutes to spare (out of 25 given). She scored an 881 (only 3 wrong!), which would put here above the 80th percentile. I gave her the chance to go back and check the problems she got wrong to correct herself. She corrected 1 of the problems, so we talked about how to check your work and what kinds of simple errors she should be on the lookout for. We moved on to the quantitative reasoning section. She missed 10 on this section, putting her in the 75th percentile. However, when she was allowed to go back and check her answers, she corrected 6 of the questions and was able to boost her score to a similar 880, putting her above 80. Because she usually finishes with time to spare, I encouraged her to take her time to avoid simple errors and make time to go back and check her work. We will work on this section in our last session next week."
"The student will be taking her test tomorrow so we reviewed pointers and reminders: Read the entire story then read each question and the answer choices before picking. Click the flag when you are not sure of an answer, and go to the next question. Click the plus sign to make the text bigger; click the minus to make it smaller. • LISTENING: o Pay attention carefully to the story. o Who are the characters? o What is the story about? o What does the main character do first? What do they do last? • READING o Use the line numbers to help you find the section or lines that you need to look at again. o If you don't know the answer, keep going. o Remember the following sounds: Ck, Kn, Wh, , ee/ea, Oo, Ould. o Try to read a word three times and move on. o Use context clues to figure out words you don't understand after you have read the entire sentence. • WRITING o Look at all the details in the picture. o Introduce your main character in the first sentence. • MATH o "How many more," you start counting where they are different. o Least is less; most is more; take away is subtraction. o Look at your answer choices carefully, see if any number is too low or too high, cross it out. o When measuring with a ruler, start counting 0 from where the object begins. o Ruler measures length in inches; scale measures weight in pounds; thermometer measures temperature in degrees; measuring cup measures volume when cooking."