Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The work of this session focused on vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing. As is typical in our sessions, the student and I warmed up by reviewing our vocabulary flashcards. She surprised both of us with her remarkably fast recall and an increased level of retention. It was like watching a totally different person. Apparently, all of her studying has paid off! These type of transformations are what keeps me so passionate about teaching. Throughout our sessions, I have developed a trend of leading her through all of the fundamentals pertaining to the Primary Level placement exam (math, verbal, reading) and spicing it up with drills and tactics from the Lower, Middle and sometimes Upper Level materials. We are down-to-the-wire, with just one session left, and I wanted to continue this trend with a heavy emphasis on reading comp and writing. To this end, I gave her a Middle Level reading comprehension practice test, which she did not complete within the given time frame, and scored 18 out of 40 correct, one Middle Level writing exercise, and one Upper Level writing exercise. All in all, this was a very strong and reaffirming session! She has come so far and I told her that I was proud of her. She seems to be more confident than ever in her abilities to successfully complete the Primary Level placement exam."
"The student had taken a practice test over the holiday break, so we sat down and went through the problems. We looked at the synonyms of words that he wasn't familiar with and math problems with content he wasn't exposed to yet. We ended up going over fractions and decimals and how to convert from one to the other. Additionally, I looked over his essay and suggested that he write out an outline before he starts writing, to keep his thoughts focused and coherent. I left him with a sample essay prompt so I can see how he writes with an outline. Overall, I feel confident in his abilities."
"We continued with an overview of the structure and format of the exam. We went through the sections of a practice exam in the student's practice book, discussing the order of the sections, the number of questions in each and the time allotment. We then discussed the essay and strategies for brainstorming and outlining/ structuring the essay. The student then worked on a sample essay from the practice exam (if you could plan your ideal vacation, what would you do?). His essay was well thought out and very descriptive. We then reviewed past essays we had worked on and discussed potential topics that may be on the exam. We went back to the quantitative reasoning section of the practice exam and worked through a number of these problems."