Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I got started right away by having her complete a reading comprehension diagnostic test. She did quite well with reading comprehension, so after she had finished that, she started working on a quantitative section. She seems to have learned a lot from all of our sessions this week and, given that we briefly discussed how to divide fractions during this session, I think she has been exposed to pretty much everything the test will have."
"I worked with the student today to get an assessment of his abilities and determine areas of focus for the ISEE review. He has a good grasp of math concepts. We will work on strategies for breaking down word problems as well as new concepts that he may encounter on the test. He knows a lot of vocabulary words but needs to work on sentence completion. We will review strategies such as using context clues to practice this. We will also work on strategies to tackle difficult vocabulary words that he has not yet encountered such as root words. We will work on writing organized essays, sticking to a basic outline of an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and conclusion."
"With the first student, we practiced reading in a timed period. She read for the first fifteen minutes and then answered some questions I created based on the story she read. Again, she was reluctant to look back at the passages when I asked her to tell me where in the chapter it stated a fact. I explained that questions like these could be on the test, and when she finally looked back at the answers, she found the passages easily and quickly. I think this is ultimately a very good sign. We spent the last half hour on math. When she and I had gone through some problems previously, she had had some trouble with word problems. Today, I created word problems for her that tested addition and subtraction. We talked about writing the problems down and checking our work to be sure we have done the problems accurately. The second student and I started with math. She said she had taken a practice test, and I would love to see the results to those for our next session. I created several word problems for her that tested her multiplication, division, and use of fractions. She did excellently here and made no errors. Then, I asked her to create a word problem story for me to complete. I had her take 10 minutes to write down everything she wanted to ask me and do the math herself first. She then asked me and I intentionally made some errors to test her comprehension. We then did reading. She read for about 15 minutes, then I asked her questions. She did perfectly here, answered all of my questions and found any passage that I asked her to find for me."