Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked all Quant: Logs, then exponents, then data sufficiency with 2 equations and 2 unknowns, then DS with absolute values. The student has knocked off all of the Quant rust and is doing quite well. I am to send her links to practice exams."
"We covered math topics, mostly algebra-related (inequalities, factoring, etc.), going over concepts and sample questions."
"The student and I went over more vocabulary terms. I graded two of her practice essays and then had her complete some practice sentence completion questions."
"Continued practicing English-math translations and vice versa; spent a half hour on verbal questions then continued working through quantitative practice tests."
"Today we went over some basic strategies for the quantitative comparison problems then we went through several chapters of her book so that we could focus on math subjects one by one."
"The student and I worked on more math problems. We also began to go over vocab/grammar-related problems. We plan on tackling more of those in our next session."
"In this session, the student and I first went over her book. For math, we first practiced probability questions, including permutations and combinations. We then moved onto ratio questions. Later on we did some problems involving averages. For verbal, we focused on text completion and sentence equivalence questions."
"We discussed going over her resume and personal statement at a later date. She has scheduled her GRE test and the Psych subject test. She has done about half of the psych review book and plans to go back and take detailed notes on topics that are unfamiliar or need further review. Today we also went over her analytical writing (analyze an issue) sample essay. We talked about the importance of having a concrete thesis statement to orient the reader to one's argument, as well as the value of using concrete examples to prove one's point throughout. Her writing was clear and articulate, with varied sentences and great transitions. She said that she planned to continue this prep with a few more timed essays. We then went over a verbal practice section, looking at critical reading passages and discussing test techniques (like working backwards and finding cue words to indicate what the questions are driving at). We also discussed the importance of using problem-solving strategies that come most naturally, instead of getting bogged down in learning all new strategies for every section. Finally, we talked about some concrete goals that she could aim toward in each practice section."
"The student wrote two sample answers to the analytical portion of the assessment today, so we began the session by looking over them. She had a few spots for organizational improvement: putting her argument in the strongest order, keeping an eye on the best way to transition between the different points she's making in her essay, and getting a sense of what's most important at each stage in the analysis. We worked on these for half the session, then returned to some verbal and math practice questions; she is doing really well on the verbal, and has showed a lot of improvement on math."
"Today we reviewed factoring and using factoring to solve quadratic equations. We also went over square roots and other radicals, including festival exponents."
"The student and I went over math formulas, including compound interest and permutations, and I gave her practice questions using these formulas."
"My second GMAT tutoring session with this student went well. We started our session by completing our review of the Sentence Correction portion of the Diagnostic Test in the guide to the GMAT. I helped her identify the main subject and verb in each sentence. I also reminded her about checking each sentence for subject-verb agreement, along with conciseness and parallelism. We then moved to Reading Comprehension questions. I showed her that summarizing each paragraph in the passage and coming up with your own answer to the question before looking at the answer choices can help her to tackle inference questions. We also reviewed Critical Reasoning questions, which was easier for the student to handle, since the passages are shorter than those in Reading Comprehension. She continues to feel better about the exam overall. For our next tutoring session, we will complete the Critical Reasoning questions previously assigned and review additional Reading Comprehension questions in the GMAT guide. We will also start our Math review with the Quantitative section of the Diagnostic Test in the GMAT guide."