Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent a good amount of time reviewing vocabulary. He is starting to pick up the words, and more importantly is getting better at guessing at questions when he doesn't know all the words. We also focused on some math topics that he has been struggling with. There are some types of questions that only really appear on these exams, so these questions are unfamiliar in structure to most students. But once he spends some time with them he seems to pick up the concepts."
"The student and I reviewed the questions that had from the exam. She did especially well on the two math sections: Section #2, Quantitative Reasoning, and Section #4, Mathematics Achievement. She needed very little assistance on these two math sections, as she corrected most of her math on her own. After the review of her tenth practice test, she began her eleventh practice test. On Section #1, Verbal Reasoning, she correctly answered 30 out of the 40 questions (75% -- her best score yet -- bravo!). On Section #2, Quantitative Reasoning, she got 25 out of the 35 questions correct (71% -- her third highest score to date!). She is becoming very proficient at this exam, as it is reflected in her increasing practice test scores. We ended today's tutoring session with vocabulary development. We went over the new vocabulary words in Chapter 15 during our last session. Today, we did a quick review of the chapter. After the review, I gave her a twenty-question quiz (to check for understanding). She got all twenty questions correct (100% -- bravo!). She will be well prepared for the exam. It is a pleasure to tutor / teach her. She is a very bright student. She is always focused on the task at hand."
"We continued in the same fashion as last week, going over his mistakes on the practice ISEE problem by problem, all in the Math Achievement section. Today we got through problem 27. Math is definitely our problem spot here, and I hope that when he says he understands after we've gone over a problem that he actually does understand - we could have quite a lot of remedial work to do or this could be working fine. I'll be interested to see how he does on another practice test."
"We divided the session between verbal and reading work today. Focusing on testing strategies, I'm working with the student on the elimination of incorrect answer choices whenever possible, to allow for a better chance of choosing the correct answer. I also emphasized continuing vocabulary development, and more vocabulary words to write sentences for this week, as well as some review from last week. In his regular math homework from school, he's to set a timer and work in ten-minute segments, marking how far he gets after each one."
"We practiced reading comprehension, focusing on poetry, which is a challenge for the student. I modeled some thinking, and we went through questions together, focusing on literal vs. deeper meaning and elimination strategies. Next, we reviewed algebraic equations and moved on to order of operations."
"We ran through diagnostic tests for synonyms and math. The student did well on synonyms, and we worked on strategies to help him slow down and correct mistakes. His math is still strong but could certainly use more work regarding fractions and proportions. We will be sure to cover more as we continue to work together. He still looks in good shape for the ISEE and will be recommended more study aids to improve his math and algebra."