Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went through questions from the assigned practice test. Did challenge math and vocab problems from the prep book. Talked about challenge vocab words. I assigned the first online practice test."
"We covered, in no particular order: Pythagorean theorem (and triples) special right triangles algebra with radicals quadratic algebra (FOIL)"
"GRE Analytical Writing (both parts) - the student wanted tips on how to tackle the essay portion of the GRE. We practiced techniques, using prompts to do outlines. The student will be taking her first GRE tomorrow."
"Today, we worked through verbal reading comp and vocab questions before slowly tackling more math, focusing on strategy and content gaps. Just two days before the test -- we're absorbing a lot, but he's doing well."
"The session was 1.5 hours. We covered order of operations and balancing equations with one variable. I left her with practice problems to complete."
"Quant: DSF on basic equations, plus a bit of logarithms. Also went into Verbal for some Reading Comprehension (Natural Sciences, defensive birds, hummingbirds, and Darwinism) and Sentence Correction (misplaced modifiers). Flashcards are underway and in use, will quiz next week."
"Covered the GRE format, as well as basic math concepts tested on the GRE (number properties, ratios, percents.) Went over review questions for the material."
"The student is taking the GRE at the end of August and really needed help. We spent this session focusing on the math section. We really focused on the basics for this session. This included basic algebra, properties of triangles and the Pythagorean theorem. He will need a lot work but he strikes me as hard working, and if he does his work he will meet his goals."
"Topics: Recap percentages from last session, exponents, assorted algebra problems, common geometry topics and problem types, counting problems. Progress: This session was very similar to the last session. We covered math topics the entire time, and were able to sort out smartly which topics to spend time on and which to skim. She does appreciate having the step-by-step instructions available, so I will not automatically leap to examples, like I planned to. She does not need a lot of time learning the theory, but she likes to have it as a foundation. The next session will probably be the last one dominated by math topics, so that we can spend time on the essays and if necessary, the verbal sections. This was overall a very good session. I will review my original plan before the next session to make sure that we are not missing anything or getting off course somehow."
"Entry exam exponent rules and some even/odd numbers. Intensive practice problems focusing on exponent rules, simplifying exponents, and algebraic equations with exponents."
"Student and I went over strategies for the data sufficiency section, and I gave him data sufficiency practice questions."
"My first GMAT tutoring session with Student 1 went well. As she expressed in our introductory call, she needs help on both the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GMAT. She has not taken the exam yet, but she plans to schedule it for April or May of this year. We started our session by discussing the format of the GMAT exam. Since Student 1 was unfamiliar with the structure, I explained the computer adaptive nature of the test and how it differed from the SAT. Then we went over practice questions in the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT diagnostic test. Student 2 then joined us, and I continued explaining strategies to work through Reading Comprehension passages and questions, including identifying keywords, briefly summarizing the meaning of each paragraph in your own words, eliminating incorrect answers, and recognizing what the question is asking. Student 2 plans to join us for all of our upcoming tutoring sessions. We then moved to Critical Reasoning and subsequently sentence correction. I also gave them a brief overview of the Writing section. Student 1 and Student 2 both feel good about Critical Reasoning. For our next tutoring session, the students will have completed the GMAT verbal diagnostic test. We will review those questions and continue applying tactics for Reading Comprehension."