Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"After the math intensive session that we had yesterday, today the student and I set our sights on the verbal and writing portion of the GRE. We talked about how to approach and structure the analyze-an-argument essay, looking at techniques for dissecting the argument and organizing our critiques. We practiced breaking down an argument on the GRE website; then she completed a practice essay. We discussed the strengths of her essay, which she was able to complete very quickly, alongside the weaknesses that she could address with her remaining time. We then reviewed the final section of the verbal test, the sentence equivalence questions, and practiced several sets. She was excited to realize how much vocabulary she had learned in the few weeks that have been working for her -- very encouraging!"
"The student and I covered the basics of the GRE. I explained the scoring system. We reviewed some of the math work she has done so far. I explained how the GRE's quantitative section can require new strategies like picking numbers. We then practiced some verbal reasoning questions as well."
"My third GRE tutoring session with the student went well. We started by reviewing the questions that she had difficulty with in the Arithmetic section of the Math Review in the GRE guide. Then we worked through Section 5 of Practice Test 1 in the GRE guide. She answered most of the questions correctly. She was challenged by questions involving sequences and combinations, but she understood how to find the correct answers. We also reviewed strategies for Text Completion questions in the Verbal section, including coming up with her own answers before looking at the answer choices and eliminating only the words that she can define. For our next tutoring session, she will complete the Algebra section of the Math Review in the GRE guide. She will also continue to practice vocabulary by writing sentences using the words on her flash cards."
"The student and I met for a GRE tutoring session. In this session we worked on all three portions of the test. We first reviewed inequalities then moved onto rates and work. We then did verbal practice, where she is showing great improvement. Finally we looked over an analyzing an argument essay she had written. The essay was very strong, and her arguments very well thought out. I gave the essay a five out of six."
"Reviewed selection of medium and hard problems from the test prep book. Developed approach for vocabulary study/improvement. Combinatorics, VIC/PIN/POE method. QC methods. Percent change. Arithmetic sequences."
"The student and I finished our data sufficiency review by covering pieces of the puzzle and yes/no DS. I think he unwound the difficulty in the yes/no questions. I assigned him DS 2 for homework as DS 1 gave him no significant problem. We then turned to algebra strategies. We started plugging in numbers and I assigned problem solving 1 for homework. Next session we will pick up with the final PIN question before turning to other algebra strategies."