Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went over specific types of LR questions the student was having difficulty with-- specifically necessary assumption and parallel reasoning. Began a logic game and discussed how to approach different question types. Distribution and more LR for next time."
"She came in feeling a little down about her progress on the math section because she had worked on a practice test and it hadn't come as easily as she had hoped. However, when we started talking through the problems, she had a much better grasp on the material than she was giving herself credit for. A number of the problems that she had marked with a question mark or hadn't quite finished, she had a solid idea about how to approach them. We talked through these problems, and then looked at more examples of similar problems so that she could build her comfort and fluency. She seems a lot more confident with questions involving prime numbers, sequences, percents, and combinations, which are all big topics and can be applied to a lot of problems. She is going to continue working on the practice test for next time, when we are planning to wrap up our discussion of this particular set of topics, and then move on to other topics, including graphing and algebra."
"She noted that she would rather take a semi-serious geometry and algebra practice test then move on to statistics, so we reviewed all of our identities and equations and geometry concepts. We then centered ourselves with 3 full minutes of meditation before taking a timed diagnostic test. Overall, for a 40 question test, she did well on time. However there were some questions where speed was an issue (which can be worked on) - especially finding the fastest way to answer a system of linear equations and some purely arithmetical problems where the fastest way to find the answer is guessing and checking. Going to continue with a review of some of the challenging problem types and move onto the statistics portion."
"The student and I began by going over two logic games that she struggled with in her practice. I illustrated how to diagram each game and then we completed the questions for each game. At the end of the session we went through a complete logical reasoning section. Her accuracy is at about 50 percent in this section. We went over ways to increase her accuracy by focusing in on the conclusion and forming a good screener/predictor before going down to the answer choices. We discussed each question she missed in detail and I explained how to arrive at the correct answer."
"The student and I first worked through parallel arguments. He at first exhibited a little bit of difficulty at finding arguments that were not only good or bad but good or bad in the same way as the stimulus. If the argument has a correct application of the transitive property, the answer choice must also. We then moved on to a humanities passage from reading comprehension. I reminded her to always find the main point, the point-of-view, and the purpose of every passage. Next session we will work on some additional parallel flaw questions, and a comparative reading section."
"The student and I picked up today after a longish break in her study. She'd done one practice exam untimed, so we used that to frame our discussion today. Logical Reasoning was our primary area of interest. We walked through about half a dozen questions, breaking them down by type and task, discussing how the arguments in each were built and the difference between making an assumption and seeing what the author assumes. She's going to work in her lesson book this week and potentially do another test before we meet again."