Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had the student review some vocabulary flash cards to get an idea of the level of difficulty he will face on the ISEE. We sorted out easy words from more challenging ones, and I gave him tips on a one-word synonym he can use to remember each one by (e.g. "burgeon" = "sprout"; "gullible" = "naive"). While he may be able to place all of these words properly in the context of a sentence, it is helpful to have a shorthand definition to use in the synonym section of the ISEE. We interspersed the vocabulary exercises with math flashcards provided on the website. He is becoming increasingly comfortable with polynomials and more complex operations involving exponents. He caught on quickly to the process of combining like terms and is growing more adept at differentiating the effects of multiplication and division between coefficients and exponents. He will hopefully have received the ISEE prep book before our session on Friday so that we can move on to another practice test."
"Student S continued her work on her third placement exam practice test. Specifically, she completed sections #2 and #3, and began Section #4. On Section #2, Quantitative Reasoning, she correctly answered 28 of the 35 questions (80% -- Bravo!). Her past scores for this specific section are: Test #1 = 72%, Test #2 = 86%, and Test #3 = 80%. On Section #3, Reading Comprehension, she got 35 out of the 36 questions correct (97% -- Bravo!). Her past scores on this specific section are: Test #1 = 80%, Test #2 = 81%, and Test #3 = 97% (her highest score on this section to date -- Bravo!). We then reviewed / went over the incorrect answers for Sections #1, 2, and 3. With the remaining time, she began Section #4, Mathematics Achievement (she completed 15 questions). She will complete this section (Mathematics Achievement) during her next tutoring lesson. She is making very good progress in her exam preparation. Student W began his third placement exam practice test. On Section #1, Verbal Reasoning, he correctly answered 32 of the 40 questions (80% -- Bravo!). His past sores on this specific section are: Test #1 = 80%, Test #2 = 68%, and Test #3 = 80%. On Section #2, Quantitative Reasoning, he correctly answered 33 out of the 35 questions (94% -- Bravo!). His past scores on this specific section are: Test #1 = 69%, Test #2 = 66%, and Test #3 = 94% (an excellent 28% increase when compared to his second practice test in this section). With the remaining time, we reviewed his incorrect answers from sections #1 and #2. They are both making very good progress in their exam preparation. Both are always focused on the task at hand. Thus their tutoring sessions are always very productive."
"During this session, we went over many new math concepts that are sure to show up on both the math achievement and quantitative reasoning portion of the exam. The student had completed practice exams on Triangles and Equations and received an 88% and 71% respectively. The equations test included problems with High School math that she has not been exposed to previously. We went over factoring equations into binomials and solving for x. Once we went over the steps to figure out how to factor, she was able to complete the problems on her own. I will also give her homework problems to complete in order to master this concept. We also went over absolute value, inequalities and geometry problems. Next session, we will focus more on the reading comprehension portions. She has grasped what she has learned and remembers formulas from previous lessons which is vital for many sections of the test. For homework she will work on reading comprehension, math practice problems, and writing an essay. We will also start incorporating timing into the practice to simulate test day. Good job!"
"The student and I worked on a series of reading comprehension, vocabulary, and sentence completion sections today. I emphasized the importance of finding the main idea of a passage and looking for that idea to recur in many of the questions. We also discussed clues for identifying the main idea. She does well on the questions as long as she can find that main idea. As she continues to practice, she will become more attuned to how the specific word choice points her toward the right main idea. She should spend a good deal of prep time on vocabulary, which will improve her scores on both the verbal and the reading sections. She did well on the sentence completions, showing a high aptitude for identifying or making educated guesses about vocab when it is in a larger context. She will do a full practice test for next time."
"Today, we reviewed exponents and rules for working with them. We spent most of the session on FOIL method for binomials and difference of two squares. The student is very persistent and great at sticking with tough problems!"
"We began this session with reading comprehension. The student showed progress, as he is using the steps in the strategic reading plan. We also reviewed sentence completion, and he had a 100% rate; as this is his strength, we only went through a few questions and will follow up with homework. Finally, we read the description of the essay so that the student would know what to expect on the exam. As writing is his strength, we have not spent time preparing for the essay yet. For math, we reviewed his homework on two-step algebra equations. He is doing two steps, but he is confusing the numbers; instead of starting with arithmetic, he starts with the number connected with the variable. We reviewed this step together and then he did some independent work. We will continue to focus mainly on math during our sessions."