Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over an LG section and Practice Test #65's RC. Now we will move on to full diagnostic tests and evaluate the student's strategies before next session. Please do the writing sample per the format in the book and finish any questions you haven't. You got this!"
"Analysis today was for a variety of simpler logic games (Basic Linear Balanced, Mapping, and Sequencing) and a couple of LR questions (mostly for strategy). You have a good eye for inferences with the games and readily understood any instructions I gave, so I anticipate you can make substantial improvements. I know the big thing with the preliminary preptest was time management. That will come with repetition and experience. Just keep in mind the average section time (8m45s) and the corresponding positions with your analog watch so you can get a feel for your pacing. Don't worry about mastering that skill with the next preptest, just focus on when it's time to abandon a section and move on to the next. Remember to not leave any questions blank. Guessing is a valid technique on this test, so use it! Homework is: worksheets for the three games we did today plus one more preptest under test conditions. Send me the answers. Good session!"
"He and I began by working through a complete logical reasoning section. We went through questions and re-emphasized the strategy in order to find the correct answers on the questions he missed. At the end of the session, I explained the basics of reading comprehension to him and had him complete a practice passage. His pacing was about one minute behind and his accuracy was at 3/6, but we are in the very early stages and I believe he can improve with more practice in this section."
"He and I first worked on logic games. He has a tendency to write inefficiently which affects his time. He also misses a few deductions and makes assumptions about what the game allows. We then proceeded to type six and type 4 questions which he excelled at. Next session, we will focus on reading comprehension."
"He is making progress on logical reasoning and reading comprehension. For logic games, I said it's good to check that you have the rules correct before you get into the questions. I showed the importance of keeping track of remaining items. On logical reasoning, be clear about the role of different sentences, and be patient with diagramming so you get the conditionals in the correct order."
"He took a practice exam last night and the results weren't what he'd hoped, though it seems the primary culprit was the environment in which he took the exam. There was distracting conversation around, and it was also late at night. Still, we took a look at the test together, going through Logical Reasoning primarily, breaking down questions by type and discussing various strategies the testmaker employs to make questions difficult. We also took a look at a clever hybrid Grouping game. He's going to study tonight and decide if he'd like to meet again before the test or not."