Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student and I spent most of our time using online materials. We worked on tests together and then worked on timing. We spent a good amount of our session working on quantitative reasoning--something he will need to spend adequate time on in order to be prepared for the test. Vocabulary is shaping up really nicely. I am pleased with his progress. I left him with some vocabulary to learn and some practice tests to take for the next session."
"I'm having the student take a practice test next week, so we did a general review this week. We went over strategies for each section: for Verbal Reasoning, cover the answer and guess, then compare the given choices; for Quantitative Reasoning and Math Achievement, do the easy problems first, use the answer choices to determine whether or not an estimate can be used, take notes on word problems, and use process of elimination; for Reading Comprehension, skim the passage, do the main idea questions, then use specific locations in the passage to answer detail questions; for the essay, set a specific timeline and make sure certain elements are present in the beginning, end, and in each body paragraph. We reviewed conversions between fractions, decimals, and percentages because those operations are get a lot of mileage on all levels of the ISEE. I gave him some practice perimeter and area questions. We also looked at ratios - I taught him how to use a "ratio box," a useful, graphic shortcut for doing ratio problems. We also looked at some reading comprehension questions. We talked about how you must be able to prove your answer to a reading question using the passage itself -- otherwise, you may be tricked by an answer."
"We focused on vocabulary and solving problems with percentages - finding the whole from the part and vice versa."
"We worked on math, reading comprehension, and writing. He did a very good job, and he is ready to go for his test on Saturday."
"We began the session reviewing the student's homework. We then moved on and looked over her most recent practice test, focusing on the reading comprehension. We worked a little more with main idea, and I was impressed with how easily she handled a couple of short passages--she's definitely making strides in that department. We did a worksheet for sentence completion, which she handled well once she realized that she had to be specific to the context of the sentence. Then we moved on to math (geometry and measurement in particular). I left her an inference worksheet, some more geometry and measurement problems, and a reading comprehension worksheet for homework."
"We covered a ISEE practice test. The student has innate intelligence and will improve as his vocabulary grows. He asked about being young and taking the test with older students; I explained that the test scores are adjusted for younger students and that school admissions decisions will factor in his youth. We did a section on Math. The student can be more careful with calculations; working with multi-step problems is a bit challenging, depending on the wording of the problem. I gave the student a handout on key words to look for in math word problems; these will help identify the appropriate math operations needed to solve the problem."
"We reviewed all sections of the test. He did extremely well. Talked about how well he would do on the exam today. I know he did. He is a wonderful child and very bright."
"The student wrote two practice essays and completed multiplication, subtraction, and word problem sets. We discussed strategies for the assessment exam she is taking this week."
"We are working on essay writing and math skills in preparation for whichever school she chooses for the fall. We are also working on reading comprehension."
"I met with the student the day before her ISEE to go over testing strategy. We checked his work and talked about strategies for the essay on the ISEE. I've really enjoyed working with the student. I know he will do great on the exam and am looking forward to his text saying the exam is over."
"Today the student and I did a final review before his test tomorrow. I gave him an essay prompt. I indicated the specific things I wanted him to remember for his test tomorrow. We also did several practice problems in each of the multiple-choice sections. On a few occasions, he would guess on the math problems instead of working them out, but once I asked him to show me all his steps, he did much better. He excelled in in the verbal section particularly. He is also very good at understanding what words mean. He also did well in the reading section. Overall, I think he is ready for his test tomorrow."
"In this session, the student and I discussed how she felt that she did on the test. We decided that in order to best prepare for the placement exam, that we would focus on the math, as we primarily had focused on the reading previously. She did a portion of the practice test and we went over the answers. I had her to choose the most difficult problems so that we could go over these types of problems in the subsequent sessions."