Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Initial session. We concentrated on general algebra concepts...exponents, factoring, solving for one equation, basic algebraic manipulation. Next week: Introduce data sufficiency, stay with basic algebra and perhaps number theory, more manipulations. She has pretty solid algebra skills."
"This session was a final review, based mostly on chapter 33 of the text. We reviewed some mixed-geometry, some probability, and several problems spanning the question types that she will see on the exam. We discussed again the argument essay and also a few last points about discrete verbal. From her experience on the website, she seems to be well set to meet her goals tomorrow on test day."
"He made a list of concepts that he wanted to review. We reviewed standard deviation, probability, multiplication principle, permutations, combinations, rates, slope of a line, and slope of perpendicular/parallel lines. The student feels comfortable with verbal and writing and is feeling much better about the math."
"We worked on sentence equivalence and completion. The sentence equivalence questions went especially well. We also practiced brainstorming essay prompts and in math we focused on probability and statistics."
"The student and I went over her personal statement for graduate school. We isolated elements of the prompt to be sure she was answering all parts of the prompt. Then, we brainstormed all of the content she wants to include in the essay. (She's got beautiful personal anecdotes about her passion for helping autistic children to communicate!) Next, we outlined the essay -- where to put each of the pieces of information she will include. We discussed how she can write the essay on her own, with these notes, and what we'll do together to make sure the essay is the strongest it can be."
"Student is taking his GMAT test on Tuesday so he wanted to do some more exercises on sentence correction and critical reasoning. We went over 38 SC problems and 25 CR problems, and those problems are more difficult than the average ones found in the GMAT test. He did a good job, especially on the CR part. He just needs to be more prudential during the test and slow down the pace a little bit more."
"The student and I went over algebra concepts, and I gave her problem solving and data sufficiency problems dealing with algebra concepts."
"Today we looked at overview of the GMAT verbal section. This included a general discussion of techniques and strategies for approaching the problems as well as going through samples in the various topic areas, including parallelism, comparisons, and verb agreement."
"This was my first session with the student, and it went well. As he stated in our initial emails, he would like to increase his GMAT score by 100 points, from 600 to 700. He would like strategies to improve on the Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, and Data Sufficiency sections of the exam. He will be taking his third GMAT exam on Dec. 26th. We reviewed the Sentence Correction questions in the GMAT guide. He had difficulty identifying which issues were the ones to addressed in a particular question, including subject/verb agreement, verb tense, idioms, and phrases vs. complete sentences. Once we went through each question together, and I explained why the choices were either correct or incorrect, he had a better understanding of what was required in each instance. I also suggested strategies for making each Sentence Correction question easier to understand. We have scheduled our next sessions through the month of December. For our next session on Saturday, we will finish Sentence Correction and move on to Reading Comprehension."
"In this session, we went through practice problems from the verbal section and discussed strategy for approaching the reading comprehension and critical analysis problems."
"The student and I went over problems 110-120 in problem solving, data sufficiency, and sentence corrections. We had not done sentence corrections in our last session, so we had about 30 of them to go over. He has been scoring his work prior to our session and trying to analyze his mistakes. This allows us to spend our time concentrating on problems that he can't get after review. He has a pretty good "ear " for grammar and generally is able to eliminate down to two answers at worst. His most challenging area continues to be data sufficiency. He put together a spreadsheet that tries to get at what his tendencies are when he makes mistakes in this section. We will both look at this data this week to try to see if we can see any patterns."
"Review verbal section. Attention to structure of argument questions, assumption questions and denial test, step-by-step process for SC."