Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked through the issue topic essay that the student had written since our last session. By our next session, she will work on writing another essay trying to simulate the conditions of the exam so that we can get a better picture of how she will do on the exam and work on refining her essay writing from there. We went through the math problems that she had done outside our sessions. She got most of these problems correct using her own methods, and I showed her alternative ways to do these problems just to give her some more options if she sees these sorts of problems on the test. Finally, we worked our way through some verbal reasoning questions that she had done, and as before, she did very well between her critical reading abilities, her knowledge of the vocabulary, and good guesswork as needed. She has confirmed that she will be taking the GRE in November."
"We worked on the word problems some more. Initially, the student had questions about probability and when to use the right permutation formula. She grasped the concept by the end."
"We briefly reviewed some of the circle content on which the student worked. I reassigned several problems. We worked on the basics of exponents (multiplying, raising exponents to further exponents, dividing, negative exponents, breaking apart complex exponents, etc.) as well as the basics of radicals. Then we worked on basics of mean problems. I assigned subsets of the applicable chapters. We finished by working on reading comprehension questions. I assigned more of these."
"In this session, we primarily reviewed questions related to the topics of proportions, sets and statistics (largely probability), and geometry. The geometry questions typically involved triangles. These were the areas of focus as the student struggles the most with these types of problems. Prior to this session, she took a diagnostic test, and the questions that she answered incorrectly on this test were the ones that we reviewed. This session itself served as a diagnostic tool to assess the areas we should focus on in future sessions and to give me ideas for how best to design our future meetings."
"The student and I began today with a general review of geometry (specifically triangles). Since we've gotten to nearly all the concepts that she will need for the GRE, we spent most of today's session on advanced word problems that mostly don't require any particular formula or concept. We focused particularly on proportion, ratio, and rate problems, and she will continue to work on them for homework. She's also going to complete her second full-length practice test, screenshotting all the problems she wants to review together next week."
"The student and I continued to go through quantitative questions. We looked at distance rate and time, inequalities, probability, sequences and algebra. We are going to work again tomorrow."