Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began this session by reviewing the essay that the student prepared for the session. On the whole, she did well. We then worked through some reading comprehension questions she had, discussing general tactics. We did the same for the sentence equivalence questions. Then, in mathematics, we did a review of circle and triangle concepts. It was a solid session."
"I began my first session with the student by getting more information on her grad school plans, undergrad background and test score goals. After going over the test format and basic breakdown of each section, she decided to have us focus on the math to begin with, citing it as the area in which she's most rusty. She feels that reading comprehension is her overall strongest suit, and that verbal reasoning as a whole should be her third priority. So we dove right into quantitative practice problems. As we worked through these I sensed some of her math skills coming back to her; when we got to more familiar multiple-choice problems and straight number-answer problems, she did better. Topics-wise, I think her geometry and basic arithmetic are sound; algebra concepts, particularly problems with variables and multiple equations, are in need of a little more focus. I thought her confidence increased as we shook some of the dust off. I also took the opportunity here to point out the importance of time management in terms of handling the toughest problems, and to introduce some basic problem-solving strategies -- substitution, back-solving, etc. I encouraged her to reserve a small window during the week to run through some more problems, and we plan to pick up on this note next Sunday."
"Today, we continued working on math, taking most of an entire GRE quant section. The student did great. When I pointed out areas for review, he would always lock down that concept for the next time we saw it. Overall, he is prepared for the essay and has made some improvement in math as well."