Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered strategies and sample questions for reading comprehension passages. Reviewed math material the student felt uncomfortable with (permutations, combinations and standard of deviation)."
"This session was mostly a review of a number of problems from the prep book. We focused on inequalities / absolute values (ch. 9) and functions / formulas / sequences (ch. 10). Since we spent all of our time reviewing these problems and related concepts, I assigned two relatively easy chapters (divisibility / primes and exponents /roots) for next week. I did check several key points to make sure the student was prepared at least to start the problems. Next week will be dedicated to finishing up all of these topics and switching back to geometry topics for a while."
"Worked on Reading Comprehension passages, focusing on science passages. Also started hardest GRE Math worksheets."
"We reviewed two practice quantitative sections that the student had completed before I arrived. Then, we worked on some normal curve and standard deviation practice problems."
"The student and I met for another session of GRE tutoring. In this session we focused on mathematics, specifically on rates, averages, and probability. We did a fair number of medium and difficult level problems to learn these concepts. The student has good instincts in math, and she needs to work a bit more on trusting herself with solving these problems. I will continue to use positive reinforcement to help her to improve."
"Introductory session. Reading comprehension strategies - - don't read the whole passage at once; skim and then read more slowly as you answer each question. Don't be scared of the passages; they were written by freelancers and are, in fact, very literal. Some (most) inference questions are just paraphrases of a sentence or paragraph that's already in the text."
"-We reviewed plugging in answers, as well as picking the answer choices from test prep book. -We reviewed vocabulary at the end."
"Today we did more work with fractions and square roots. The student had some questions about exponents and fraction arithmetic, which I answered and created more problems to solve in order to reinforce the notions. We reiterated the concepts of exponents and began working on functions (intercepts, slopes and the like). We discussed further geometric properties--those of parallel and perpendicular lines and worked on some more advanced circle geometry. We also worked on a skeleton approach to the argument essay: stating a position, giving justifications (in paragraph forms), identifying counterarguments and addressing them, then coming up with hypothetical situations that would support or refute our position. I made a list of words that would help with the structure as well. She will attempt another full practice exam over the weekend and will send me her writing responses. We plan to meet next Friday but I will correct the writing responses and address issues she may have over the week."
"The student showed up at our session with questions for me to help her solve, so we spent the first hour mostly focusing on these - specific problems from some of her practice problem sets, all of which were math. Then we moved into timed sessions with portions of practice exams so that we could talk through strategy/logistics for the actual test taking process (when to skip a question, when to guess, etc.). She seems very well prepared for her test."
"The student finished her math review sections before we started this session, so we were able to jump right into some practice problems. She's making good progress, and I expect more improvement on math in coming weeks."
"Did a full GRE Verbal Reasoning Practice Set as well as two Argument Essay questions; discussed strategies for dealing with and answering effectively the Argument Essay questions"
"We discussed strategies to tackle the analytical writing and analyzing an argument essays such as writing an outline, transition sentences/words, writing summary sentences, and avoiding writing in the first person. We then briefly went over what to expect on test day. We reviewed probabilities, permutations, and combinations, and geometry. We finished by doing some quantitative practice questions."