Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered comparisons, problem solving, algebraic equations. The student struggled with some formulas (area, volume), so we worked especially on them. The student's attitude was good during and after review. We studied some study skills - make sure to draw examples and follow steps from general knowledge to specific."
"We covered example questions relating to arithmetic, algebra, number theory, probability, and geometry predominantly. The student struggled most with number theory and arithmetic. She had a great attitude towards most of the material; however, I noticed that she tended to guess on problems that were presented with a lot of words or complicated drawings. She often would tackle the problem with the correct process but lose faith in her abilities or become derailed by small calculation mistakes. I focused on developing good processes for solving problems and not skipping steps in the process. I found that many of her mistakes were caused by trying to do many steps at once. Over the course of the session, she improved in her ability to handle word problems and geometry problems. The last question that she answered was a very difficult geometry problem that she had given up on previously, but she was able to answer it by working through it systematically."
"Today, we focused on equations. We discussed some of the necessary vocabulary within equations (equation, variable, constant, etc.) and started with one-step equations. Once the student was comfortable with one-step equations, we moved on to multi-step equations and worked on that. She picked solving equations up quickly and is going to practice more today. Tomorrow we will work on equations the require combining like terms and move into inequalities. I also introduced her to a good math website as a great place to practice concepts independently."
"We began our session with a brief introduction into the test format, including the options not shown. We then progressed with short diagnostic question sets, which we solved together, in the process also refreshing on the scopes that seem long lost; his performance was beyond average. He affirmed that he struggled with statistics, a struggle which seemed to disappear once we were faced with real time statistics problems. His attitude towards the GRE material in my opinion was somewhat between enthusiasm and reserved curiosity. In conclusion, he hopes to practice more test sessions and relay questions to me, perhaps for quicker ways to address any arduous test problem."
"I did a basic skills assessment of the student's math skills. We reviewed various topics included in the GRE quantitative section which include: integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, order of operations, algebra (1 and 2 variables), factors (LCD), absolute value, etc."
"We covered rates and probability. We went over learning concepts for both areas and reinforced how to solve each type of problem. The student struggled the most with multi-event probability problems. The student had a positive attitude towards the material reviewed. I included general problem solving strategies such as backsolving as well as specific strategies for solving various types of rate, combined work and probability problems. I left him with additional probability questions to practice. He showed a lot of progress with rates throughout the session and seemed comfortable approaching each type of question by the end."