Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"My second GRE tutoring session with the student went well. We started our review of the Verbal section of the GRE by reviewing Text Completion questions in the GRE guide. I showed her strategies to select the best answer by using the keywords in the sentence and crossing off answer choices one at a time. Then we moved to Reading Comprehension. She was concerned about not having enough time to read the passages and answer the questions. I suggested that if she comes to a passage that seems too long for her to read quickly, she should mark the questions associated with the passage and then come back to them after completing the easier questions in the Verbal section. I also explained how to use keywords and brief summaries of the passage to help understand the text and find the correct answers. Finally, we reviewed strategies for Sentence Equivalence questions. In addition to using keywords to determine the answer, I showed her how to find the correct pair of synonyms among the six answer choices through process of elimination, even if she is unsure of the meanings of all of the words. She plans to practice more Reading Comprehension questions on her own before she takes the GRE exam on Monday."
"During this session we went over the paper-based practice test that the student had completed. We started with the essays. For the analyze an issue essay, she had generated a number of solid ideas, she just needed more direction and practice to organize them into a coherent essay. The second essay, analyze an argument, was much stronger and a solid starting point. We will continue practicing essays so that she can become more confident in her technique. We then went over the two verbal sections. She performed very well on reading comprehension questions, but she missed some of the vocab questions. This mainly stemmed from not knowing the definitions of words, and a few helpful tricks for narrowing down options should also help her improve. On the quantitative section, she mainly needs to relearn math concepts from high school, such as properties of triangles, exponent rules, combinations/permutations, and arithmetic/geometric series. I believe that once she masters these math concepts again through out sessions, this will cease to be an issue."
"The student and I worked through a math practice section. She is improving in her methods and feels more confident on this section in general. We then did some practice verbal reasoning questions. We will continue to review vocabulary and she is much better with reading comprehension. Finally, I also graded a practice essay she completed."