Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the results of the quantitative test. She had problems solving equations, finding the slope, and predicting probability because she has not covered these things in school yet. We worked through additional problems in these areas and I gave her the formulas to use as well. She is going to retake the test now that she understands until she gets a higher score. She is also going to retake the verbal and reading portions until she gets a higher score."
"The students both need focused help on the math portions of the ISEE. I spent an hour with each student on a diagnostic test to determine weak points and strategies. The first student got hung up on adding fractions with different denominators; while he was able to understand the concept of multiplying to reach a common denominator, he had trouble realizing that he had to multiply the numerator by the same amount to keep the fraction the same. He picked up more quickly on this idea after a couple of problems testing this same method. The second student, on the other hand, hit some snags with certain areas of algebra and with one geometry problem where "x" occurred in reference to several measurements. He did not seem to be comforted by my explanation that the measurements could be placed into an algebraic formula and that like terms could be combined to simplify the formula. We will continue where we left off on each diagnostic test tomorrow at the same time."
"Today went really well. The student did a great job today. I wanted to focus on math and get a feel for where his math knowledge was compared to what he'll likely see on the test. We were able to fill in some gaps in knowledge around some geometry, and next session we'll do a little bit more work with geometry and work on questions involving percents and some exponents since he said he had not learned how to work with them in school yet. He does a great job handling complex questions, he makes sure to go back and reread the question to ensure he's answering all the parts which a lot of times is half the battle. To finish up the session, I gave him a 10 question drill from an ISEE practice exam and he scored 9/10 correct, so hopefully he'll have no problem on the actual test."