Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I worked on the verbal and reading sections of the ISEE, and then reviewed general strategies and timing for both sections. We started with sentence completions - He did very well in thinking about the clues in each sentence to find the meaning of the word he should use to complete the sentence. We also worked on synonyms. When I pointed out that a word contained word roots, he did a good job identifying them. He has definitely improved on his vocabulary - he was able to find the right synonym of words like "plausible,"ù "incarceration,"ù and "squalor."ù He should continue to work on his vocabulary. In the third part of the session, we worked on two reading passages. He did a good job summarizing the passages and looking back in the passage to answer most questions about specific details. He should remember that he may need to look before and after a cited line to figure out how to interpret it, rather than only looking at the line itself. At the end of the session, I also gave him another essay prompt for optional practice. If he finishes a practice essay, he can send it to me for comments. I wish him best of luck on his test!"
"This was the student's final lesson and one for which I allowed him to set the agenda - his was word lists and the meanings of words. He proudly showed me the seventeen lists of words from the recommended book of words that he had worked on. I followed with another few selections of words. He was able to see how a common prefix or suffix could direct thoughts towards a commonality of meaning; in particular, chrono- and -essence. He guessed correctly in many instances. I did point out that if the first word was a noun or a verb, or an adjective, then the companion word should also be, in turn, a noun, a verb, or an adjective. For the exam, I instructed him to arrive well-slept, well-fed and with additional soft drink in a screw-top bottle and a granola bar and, that he would not be allowed to bring these into the examination room. He felt good about essay-writing, he felt resigned to the problems he experienced with comprehension, he felt better about the range of words to which he would need to find meaning, and he felt positive about the mathematics portion - he is aware he has gaps that will prevent him scoring perfectly, but he feels he is in with a good chance to answer as many as possible and correctly. Good luck to him and to his brother. I asked for the family to inform me of outcomes."
"We performed some math drills during this session involving algebra and geometry. There were a couple of tricky problems including one that required converting speed (feet per minute) to distance (feet). The student did a good job staying focused and not getting discouraged."