Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student took a practice section before we met and has improved. Although we used several techniques, for each one we simplified the content and made sure we understood the purpose of each sentence."
"Today we reviewed the logic games sections for the exams. The student did not have time to finish one of the games at home, so I timed him at 8:45 minutes and had him complete it, then we worked through his answer choices together. The student's biggest challenges thus far is being able to identify the correct diagram and doing as many deductions as possible rather than trial and error techniques."
"The student took a timed test over the weekend. She scored a 164 and did well on every section except for logic games, in which she only finished 16 questions. She feels that her problem comes from taking too long to set up all games other than pure sequencing games. We worked on setting up binary grouping games and multi-level sequencing games."
"We covered the analytical portion of the LSAT. I taught the student a variation of the grid method for answering these types of questions. The session went well but because this is a different technique than the one he learned in his previous LSAT prep course it will take practice to perfect it."
"Covered linear and grouping logic games as well as some logical reasoning questions. The student took a second full practice test this weekend and scored significantly better (on average 3 questions wrong per section instead of 6). In our session, his ability to set up and complete logic games quickly, something he struggled with in his actual exam, was significantly improved over previous sections. He is working on one of the practice tests he has for us to go over in our next session."
"The student and I worked through a logic games section to warm up. Then we worked through a logical reasoning section with timing in place by the page. His skills in logical reasoning are improving as he recognizes the formal logic aspects in the questions. We will meet again on Tuesday."
"The student had some questions regarding the logical reasoning section this time, so we focused on that. We primarily focused on assumption questions, since they are the backbone for strengthen, weaken and many flaw questions as well. We talked through the two different types of assumption questions and how to answer both before doing several practice questions for each type. We also talked through how to handle conditional conclusions and causal conclusions. The student had questions about when to diagram logical reasoning questions so we discussed that as well. We talked about some general reading comp issues as well. Before our next lesson he is going to go through as many timed sections of each type as he can and bring specific questions for us to address together."
"Worked some more on logic games, and spent some time on logical reasoning problems. She did very well with these, so we will spend part of next session reviewing the other types of logical reasoning before moving back to logic games strategies."
"The student continues to progress notably in all sections. Extra practice has been extremely useful, and I expect to see even more improvement next week. Progress is especially notable in diagramming word problems, identifying key words, and pacing. This week review literature passages, continue logic games practice, and go over basic logic review in email."
"We reviewed a reading comprehension section that the student worked on. She understands the answer explanations as we discuss them. One issue that she deals with seems to be with reading and breaking down the passages. As such, we decided it would be beneficial for her to focus on reading a number of passages and spotting potentially important elements without necessarily digging into the questions immediately. Thus, I will send her copies of passages and a list of key features and ask that she read the passages and look for them."
"The student is a very enthusiastic student eager to get better at the test. We worked heavily on scope in this section. He needs to remember to find the conclusion and point to the reasoning for that conclusion. Afterwards, predict an answer and make sure that the answer falls within the scope of the original argument. Be sure to do this for every logical reasoning problem. I gave him a practice test to practice these methods with."
"We reviewed the student's practice test he took, on which he scored a 153. We worked mostly on reading comprehension, as he's performing very well on the other sections. Specifically, we discussed how to "prove" answers are correct using different levels of scrutiny. He is going to try a strategy of only attempting to complete 3 of the 4 passages, but doing so with a concerted effort using the additional time to tie each answer back to the passage. Logic games and logical reasoning performance is very impressive; He got a 19/23 on his games section, and the low score on the one game was due to a sketch-drawing question. Once we identified the proper sketch, the game came very easily to him."