Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, the student did a bunch of homework for me. She did a really nice job with all of the linear set-up drills that I sent her. We went through all of them together making sure that she made all of the inferences she could have and making sure that she was handling the set-ups in the most efficient way. We then went through the linear games I gave her, and she did very well with them. Overall she did a great job. We then went through the logical reasoning section that she did. This was the first logical reasoning section she's done so not too bad for a start. I talked her through the foundations of arguments - premises, conclusions, assumptions, and inferences and gave her a very basic introduction to identifying conclusions and flaws in arguments. I am going to send her several logic games, another logical reasoning section, and another reading comp section for next time, and we will spend much more time on logical reasoning together."
"We talked about some of the types of questions that appear in the logic reasoning section of the exam, with emphasis on inference questions and how to identify inference questions--these questions may or may not be argument-based, but they often talk about what answers are "most likely" to follow logically, which really means what answer MUST be true. We spent most of the time reviewing additional types of formal logic and discussing where and how it can appear in the exam. The student shows a good general understanding of formal logic, and she needs to review and master more material on that in order to build confidence and efficiency in using formal logic in the exam. We went through an inference question in detail that used formal logic to reach the answer. She did not struggle much with the material at all, but as I said above it would be helpful to get formal logic down cold. I recommended that she work on formal logic and that she continue to practice all parts of the test with emphasis on logical reasoning while working to identify the standard types of questions used in order to gain familiarity and confidence."
"Student continues to make progress in all areas of the LSAT. Today was the first time we went over a reading comprehension passage. It was a difficult science passage about prions and CJD, laden with technical jargon. We discussed the need to focus on the author's point of view in the passage, as well as to note how many other points of view are represented. We also noted that each paragraph, along with the passage itself, has a main point and possibly specific details which will be important and referenced in the questions. Regarding answer choices we noted that just like in logical reasoning, answers can be out of scope, extreme, or opposite of what is asked (e.g. they strengthen rather than weaken). She had a hard time on a couple of the questions but was usually able to narrow the answers to two. In logical reasoning, she got very few questions wrong of the ones she answered. However, she is still a little hesitant on some problems and struggles a bit once she has narrowed the answer choices. We talked about focusing on the conclusion and making sure both answers tie into the conclusion -- on necessary assumption questions we noted that right answers must usually equate two concepts, and both concepts must be represented in the answer choice. Finally we worked on an ordering game which she got pretty easily once we got the diagrams figured out. She still needs a little practice with making a clear base diagram and then individual diagrams for each question, but her accuracy and understanding of game rules is also getting better. For next time she will work on more of PT 70 and review past questions to understand why wrong answers are wrong."