Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We quickly reviewed a standard deviation question that the student had. After this, we worked through the easy math review problems, catching points that she had forgotten. I assigned a practice test, the medium difficulty review problems, and re-assigned the Prep diagnostic."
"We started with reading comprehension. The student already has lots of good strategies for navigating this session. We practiced algebra and probability. We also looked at a number of essay prompts to become familiar with that section."
"We discussed the student's goals and areas to focus on. She is very good at the verbal section, so we will focus on math, particularly algebra. Today we reviewed some arithmetic, factoring, and exponent rules and did practice problems."
"The student and I went over the first half of the numbers and equations section of the math assessment test. We started a list of equations and rules that she will plan to write on her scrap paper when she enters the test. We went over practice problems involving equations with two variables and rules for distribution of negative signs."
"We covered permutations/ combinations, radicals, and distance problems. He is fun to work with, very knowledgeable, and easy to talk to. He'll practice what we covered today and tomorrow we will continue where we left off."
"We started off with a few quick check problems to see how the student handled percentages--he was a natural, so we won't have to cover those in depth. During this session, we worked on symbolism and logic problems, a highly abstract math concept that appears on both the GRE and the state assessment. He struggled a bit--it's pretty hard to make math so abstract!--but he worked really hard and practiced on every problem. I think by the end he felt more confident, but we're definitely going to continue working on it in future sessions. We also reviewed number properties and some basic ways to describe data (mean, median, mode), which the student was clearly very familiar with. We did a brief introduction to reading comprehension, which we'll cover more in a later session."
"Today I brought the student my copies of the handbooks for use during our accelerated lessons. We spent this meeting entirely on the verbal section, paying special attention to the reading comprehension portion of the exam. These questions, which rely upon a mixture of vocabulary, critical reading and critical thinking skills, are often the hardest for students. I have decided to supplement my usual tactical and strategic reading approaches with a more customized lesson plan, incorporating vocabulary building exercises alongside practical work. She was an attentive and engaged student, forthright with her questions and insistent on getting reasons for each tactical and strategic choice. I greatly enjoyed the session today and look forward to working with her again soon."
"The student and I went over general GRE strategies and tips for the quantitative and verbal sections. We then went over practice questions and how to approach them."
"-Reviewed rate and percentage problems in GRE quantitative. -Reviewed volume and area problems. -Completed sentence completion problems and reviewed GRE vocabulary."
"Reviewed common GRE quantitative problems and strategies. Continued review of using the process of elimination and contextual clues to solve GRE verbal questions."
"The student's test is rapidly approaching! Today was another good day; we finished an entire GRE Math test and he scored well enough to earn what he needs, I think. I actually think he can significantly improve on his previous scores, and even on the 50th percentile mark that he needs. We're talking about doing an intensive three straight days next week, and then it'll be up to him!"
"We continued our work in math, covering topics in coordinate and plane geometry. Did practice problems in geometry. Reviewed working with variables and integers with exponents. Discussed study methods for improving vocabulary and what to watch out for in sentence completions."