Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the students each on reading comprehension questions from a previous year's LSAT. They each re-did the section under a 35 minute time constraint. They each also struggled with time this time around, finishing 3 out of the 4 passages. With each of them, we worked through one of the passages and associated questions to illustrate techniques that helps a test-taker answer questions more efficiently and accurately. Overall, it appears that both students have pretty good comprehension skills, but would benefit from 1) actively and aggressively outlining and analyzing the passages as they read, and 2) being decisive about the questions-- if there are choices that are uncertain, just eliminate the obviously wrong ones and pick one from the remaining choices, and mark the question down for maybe later revisiting it if time remains."
"We worked on grouping, in and out, linear and conditional games. Logic games are coming along very well! I left the student with lots of work for the next session."
"The student had to work this past weekend so wasn't able to do a full practice test, but she did multiple individual sections. We spent most of the session on logical reasoning. We noted questions regarding the role of a statement in an argument -- whether it was a conclusion, a premise, or a claim. We noted all the indicators of a conclusion, including "thus/therefore" language, advocating a position, disagreeing with a position, or "should/ought" language. We also spent a lot of time on strengthen questions, noting that an argument could be strengthened without necessarily becoming airtight. Further, we discussed differences between strengthen questions and assumption questions. We also spent on some on necessary vs. sufficient reasoning -- that a condition could be necessary without being sufficient, and vice versa. We finished the session with a difficult grouping logic game. We noted how using frames could make it a bit easier; we determined that one of two frames fit all the questions and made them a bit easier to work with and comprehend. For next time the student will do as many sections as she can, finish a prep test, and order another book of LSAT questions to work on in these last few weeks before the December exam."