Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through one section of each type before this lesson and she did a great job! She got the first half of the logical reasoning section she did almost all right, and she said that she had some distractions to deal with when going through the second half so that probably contributed to why she didn't do as well. She also did three of the four logic games and only missed one question per game that she did. Her first shot at reading comp went really well too! I was very proud of her and excited to see the progress she has made. We started by going through the logic games that she did well on. There was an inference or two in each that she had missed that would have allowed her to get all of the questions correct and a lot faster as well. We talked about the set-up for the last game, which was a very difficult one that she probably would have skipped anyway. We then moved on to going over the couple logical reasoning that she missed - one was a paradox question that we had never talked about before so that was a quick fix. The others were Weaken, so we reviewed the steps to answering a Weaken question and the best strategies to predicting an answer. For reading comp the student and I talked about the strategy that she used on her own, because she did a great job especially for her first try. I recommended that she use some underlining just to keep her focused, and that she box names, dates, and important titles so she can not worry about memorizing them but she can quickly find them when mentioned in the questions. She is still deciding whether or not she is going to push her test date to June, but I think she's on a great track overall. For next time she's going to do another section of each type and time the logic games so we can start deciding how many she will attempt to do on test day."
"As our first session, we talked about general strategy and some practical tips. This included the timing of the test, and the need to work on taking some notes using pre-prepared pencils. We also discussed the need to approach the answer choices from two directions--you need to look for right answers but also eliminate wrong ones. We talked about the basic strategy involved in each of the test section types in order to get a starting point for practicing questions. For example, we went over the need to create basic sketches for logic games, to create shorthand notes for the rules. We talked about the need to find the organization of the passage in reading comp. We started talking about the biggest themes in logic reasoning, including the structure of arguments and the use of assumption. We also started learning formal logic and went over many examples as they are often worded in the test. The student overall seemed to have a good understanding of formal logic, but she will need to put in some time to make sure she is confident on how to spot formal logic, and how to use it and create contrapositives. She certainly had a good attitude about the things we discussed and seemed to be ready to put in some work."
"The student is making a lot of progress quickly. She did a full logical reasoning session as homework, and scored 20/25. This is a huge improvement. We discussed that accuracy needs to come before speed on the test, and she is well on her way to being very accurate. We discussed the fact that the LSAT uses key words on particular types of questions, such as only, all, some, and most on strongly supported questions, and if/only if on conditional questions (sufficient/necessary). We also discussed how to distinguish between trap answer choices and the correct answers in necessary assumption questions -- namely, that the correct choices will mention both items that need to be equated, whereas incorrect answers will mention one or none. In logic games she was much more accurate today with her deductions and answer elimination. We noted that ordering need only be done if things will happen in a certain order, not in pure grouping games. We also noted that the conditions in a game will often limit variables to 2-3 spots, making it vastly easier to eliminate answer choices after diagramming. Overall the student is doing great and the more practice she does, the more progress she will make!"
"We shifted focus to understanding the overall main idea of the passage, as well as identifying the main points of each paragraph. We emphasized the importance of understanding the overall message of the passage. We practiced critical thinking with GMAT reading passages. The student remains diligent. I left the student with a passage and questions to complete for next session."
"The student and I took our first in-depth look at the Analytical Writing section. We started with analysis of arguments, practicing finding the evidence and conclusion and discussing assumptions that were needed to connect the two. From finding the assumptions inherent in an argument, we can then assess the things that would strengthen or weaken it. We also worked on the issue writing prompt and walked through a strengths/weaknesses structure to assess and explain the given conclusion."
"Today, the student and I started with the PAT, working on strategies for hole punching. We went through some of the DAT PAT sections she took over the weekend and also worked with ways to look at angle ranking. After the PAT, we moved on to Organic Chemistry for the rest of our session. Working on reaction schemes and trends (ex. acidity in functional groups), we worked through a number of DAT problems."