Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continues to improve. His latest test was a 170 cold, 174 on blind review. This didn't leave very many areas to talk about, but we mined the test for issues and found a couple of things to improve on. First, his sketches could be a bit more useful in Logic Games, so we discussed a few techniques, and he's going to watch a couple of videos on games before we meet again. In Logical Reasoning, we found a couple of questions in which he'd made obvious assumptions for the test maker, instead of realizing that the question was asking about the obvious assumptions made in the stimulus. And a couple of times, he forgot about percents/ numbers in questions. Overall, he's in good shape for next week's test. Before we meet again, he's going to keep plugging away with practice tests."
"The student and I met for the first time for a trial session. She is already performing at a high level on the test and is looking to improve to an elite level. We went over a practice test I sent her, focusing on the few questions she missed. I explained some alternative strategies for these question types, and she seemed receptive. We also went over some general pacing strategy for the test as a whole. Finally, we discussed the other sections of the test, and I went over some basic strategy for those sections. I sent her some material to help her improve on the question types that are causing her the most trouble."
"The student and I covered general test prep strategies and specific strategies for attacking the logic games section. We identified his main area of weakness as diagramming, and worked through several games that challenged that skill set. Once the diagrams were set, he had no trouble making them work for him and getting the correct answers to the questions. We then created a study plan and follow up schedule to maximize his performance on the test given his compressed timeline. Before our next session, he will work on a few select grouping logic games and complete a practice test to be fully reviewed during our next session Saturday afternoon."
"We spent two hours on LR and LG. For LR, we got through Assumption questions, and we will be focusing on them in more depth next session. We also got through page 309 of grouping games and will do the tricky grouping game problem next session."
"Remember how conditional reasoning works. Condition 1 -----> Condition 2 means that if we have condition 1, we must have condition 2. If we do not have condition 1, we don't know anything about condition 2, etc. This understanding is fundamental!"
"I showed the student how to focus on the primary topic in reading comprehension and how to ignore the tangential stuff. On logical reasoning, I encouraged the student to draw diagrams and to fully understand the question prompts."