Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered argument and issue essays, math problems she had questions on from a practice exam, and general math questions overall. She is going to take a practice test or two and we will go over those on Thursday."
"Today showed a lot of progress, especially in the verbal section! We worked through some of those tricky triple threats in the verbal section- and tried skipping over the middle answer to fill in the last one first. This was very successful! We also looked at a number of different math concepts- including data interpretation and some scientific notation. Also remember- if you're doing the Pythagorean theorem, stop! It is really unlikely that this is the right choice. For next week we left with a number of different techniques to try for the homework including answering all the 'no-math' questions first in the quantitative comparisons, and trying to apply new successful techniques to the verbal sections!"
"3/17: Another productive, multi-topic session. We began by reviewing the remaining sections on the student's last practice test and discussing the questions he had trouble with. Again, he's getting very close to choosing the right answers, often stopping his calculations a step or two before the correct answer (math) or choosing the second-best answer (verbal). We discussed how to best get him through those final math calculations to the right answers, and concluded that lots more practice would be the best approach. For that reason, we then took some time to do several specific types of math problems: probability, least common multiples, and data interpretation. We ended the session with a brief vocabulary review, and we'll be writing practice sentences of all the words he didn't remember (belied, proclivity, venality, circumspect, frenetic, decorous, exigent, languish, auspicious, reprove, transient, sanctimonious, superficial, platitude, adulation, provincial, cogent, malaise, abject, vitriolic, discern, doctrinaire, vitiate, obtuse, transgress, noxious) in our next session. I think we're on a good track so far, and the student's going to let me know if there's additional material he wants to cover in our upcoming sessions."