Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He found a list of Greek and Latin roots that we bookmarked for future use. We reviewed the 4th grade list, and he provided an example of a word containing each root. Next, he solved inequalities and absolute value problems in the quantitative reasoning portion of his ISEE workbook. We also worked on solving for x, which he continues to need help with. Lastly, he performed well on the Verbal Reasoning section where he read a passage and answered questions about the passage."
"We continued to focus on verbal this week. Instead of spending the session making and studying vocab cards, we did a series of sample questions of all possible types: synonyms, complete the sentence, antonyms, and analogies. The student is definitely thinking about the questions correctly, as she knows to look for roots for the synonyms, she knows to cancel out obvious wrong answers, she knows in the analogies to figure out the relationship of the given words before looking at the answers, and she knows for the sentence completion questions to fill in the blanks with her own words before going to the possible answers. Her biggest problem is clearly her vocabulary, which reinforces the importance of studying notecards on a regular basis. The more words she knows, the easier these questions will be. Next week we will go over the practice test that she took, and from there I will decide what areas need the most focus. We ended the session with a little review for the essay section, and I told her to write a short essay (as if she were taking a test, only 30 minutes) responding to one of the prompts in the textbook. It will be good practice for her, and I will also get to see how I can help her best with her writing."
"Today, I ran a few sample test sections by the student. We finished our overview of the subject matter last session, so going forward my plan is to do direct test practice. I want to simulate the test environment for the student, so that come test day, he is utterly prepared. I am happy with our progress so far, the goal is to maintain what the student has learned."