Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed all of his trouble questions and looked at some of the questions that I had omitted from the test and some of the questions that he got right. We talked about all four sections and the essay. His essay is generally well-structured, neat, entertaining, a good length, and appropriate to the question. He approached the prompt from a story-telling angle, and I think that's one of his writing strengths. He's also getting a little better at sentence variety -- I saw more complex sentences than I saw in his first attempt. I did notice that he often had compound sentences that were without commas, so we went over proper comma grammar and walked through each sentence. When prompted, he's good at spotting this stuff. One tip I gave him that will have a big impact if he applies it, is to include a reflection on the story in his conclusion. We came up with a couple of ideas for that, and I had him pick one and write it down to give his essay conclusion a more polished and complete feel. His most challenging section of the test is Verbal Reasoning, so we went over those questions and his vocabulary list. I'm going to emphasize vocab in his homework leading up to the test. We also went over both math sections and found that he had forgotten some of his work with percentages and been intimidated by percentage word problems. We worked through the problems and found that he had retained knowledge of percentages but needed more practice in order to tackle multi-step problems."
"I worked with both boys today on math, reading comprehension, & writing. Student 1 did very well. He is progressing well in all areas. Student 2 did a very good job as well, & is doing well using fact families for remembering multiplication & division facts."
"In today's session, we focused on the reading comprehension section of the independent school entrance exam, working on practice questions and strategy."
"We began by reviewing her homework, which she had done well. From there we moved into a math practice. We then changed gears and did some reading comprehension. Then we returned briefly to the math section at the end, and did a couple of fraction-decimal-percent conversions. I left her a section of reading, verbal, and geometry to tackle, and will be sending her some fraction problems to freshen up her skills. She takes a practice test Sunday and we'll see where she stands with that."
"We completed all sections of the exam and practiced answering questions. Now that she has an idea of how the questions will appear she has began to progress nicely."
"The student and I went over what will be covered on the entrance exam and in what order. I spoke to her about the essay portion, which will not be graded but will be sent to her school as a writing sample. I then had her do some practice problems in all sections. She is very smart and has a high verbal intelligence - I believe she will do very well on the verbal and reading sections of the test. For the quantitative reasoning and math sections we went over some test strategies. Any issues she had were due to not having learned a concept or method. I recommended she work through her study guide as much as possible before the test, so that she gets comfortable with the types of questions that may be asked. I told her that I had also emailed her mother a study guide that includes a practice test, and recommended she take it timed if possible. I think she will do very well!"
"The student worked on practice tests for essay, reading, and vocab. He has shown an improvement in all three areas. He is ready for his test."
"In our last session, we focused on strategies and time management. I covered any areas of uncertainty for the student and also did several practice tests with her."
"The student showed improvement in reading comprehension, and seemed very confident in math. We went over order of operations, which she has mastered, as well as adding and subtracting fractions, which she is starting to get the hang of."
"Reviewed the practice questions from the placement exam site given to student as extra practice from last session-verbal and quantitative. Verbal=100% correct- 6 of 6. Quantitative-8 of 10=80% correct. 18 minutes on remainder of quantitative test-these were the more difficult ones from last time (completed the ones she had a better understanding of first). 6 of 12 correct. Quantitative practice test from the website-completed 14 problems in 12 minutes. Instructed to complete the easiest ones first from the 34 questions. Of those completed, 11 of 14 correct-79%. Reading comprehension practice from same website-passage 1 and 2-80%. Verbal practice #11-15 given for next session."
"We reviewed the student's essay on "the most important scientific advance." He chose television. It was a one-paragraph essay; I explained to him the purpose and use of the essay in the admissions process. We covered having at least three paragraphs; using the prompt in the first sentence; adding detail; and what a good conclusion does for the essay. We worked through the placement exam lower level practice test 1, section 1 (sentence completion). Vocabulary will be the key to the student's success on the verbal. We covered about 20 math questions from section 2; he did well on the concepts and calculations. I introduced him to PEMDAS and explained how to use it to solve equations with more than one operation."
"Today the student and I did an overall review of the ISEE. Because his test is coming up soon, we worked through each section while reviewing our test-taking strategies. The student did really well in the Verbal Reasoning section. He does an excellent job of intuiting words that is unfamiliar with. He still has some difficulty with the Quantitative Reasoning section, but has improved on reading word problems and understanding how to sift through all the information in order to understand what the question is asking. I tried to reinforce the idea that since he is such a speedy reader it is better to take the time to double-check your answer from the passage. The student does really well in the Mathematics Achievement section as well, simply because the Math is much more straightforward than with the Quantitative Reasoning. We also reviewed adding/subtracting fractions with unlike denominators today as that has come up a few times as challenging for him."