Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did three-variable solutions, which developed into a discussion of prime factorization and binomial expansions. Then we transitioned to number theory, mostly integers (bases, primes, sequences), and finished with an introduction to data sufficiency. I urged the student to get flashcards for multiplication tables up to 16, squares to 16, cubes to 7, and factorials to 7. We also had a discussion about purchasing GMAT prep books."
"Went over reading comprehension passages and the various strategies for those. Reviewed a practice test."
"We spent an hour on arithmetic questions for quantitative GRE. We spent some time looking over questions and material for psych GRE. Last half hour was spent on verbal GRE questions."
"The student and I discussed both the quantitative and verbal reasoning sections today. She did a great job!"
"We covered strategies for text completion questions and talking about the overall structure of the GRE MST. We also talked about the analytical writing section."
"The student and I met for our first session of GRE tutoring. She told me that she was struggling on the mathematics sections, so that's where she wanted to focus the tutoring. For this session, we first went over inequalities and absolute values. We spent the remainder of the session going over functions and sequences."
"Today the student and I analyzed his diagnostic test. We worked on strategies for sentence completion questions and quantitative comparisons."
"Today we practiced questions involving functions and special functions, as well as ones involving sequences of numbers. We also discussed techniques and mnemonics for learning c vocabulary words."
"Went over goals, timeline, and learning style. Topics: Number theory: divisibility, primes, remainders of chp #1, Test prep GRE preparatory material. Practice Ques #1-28 of Test Prep GRE, and Practice Ques #1-15 of Practice Test Prep real GRE questions."
"Today the student and I met to go over 3 verbal assignments and 5 math assignments I had given her. It was her birthday this past Friday and she still completed everything I had given her. We started our session by checking those assignments and I explained how to get the correct answer in instances where she had missed them. These questions are particularly difficult, as we are now getting into the "challenging" GRE section. The student's doing amazing on verbal (missing 2 or less per 25 questions) and she's doing great on quantitative reasoning given that these are the most challenging questions. Once we were done checking her homework, we talked through the GRE essay questions and how to formulate a quick argument in 30 minutes. She did fantastic on the written portion of her SAT, so I have no doubt she'll rock the written portion of the GRE as well. Finally, we did a real math section from a GRE and she only missed 2! I'm going to send her some more verbal association problem sets as well as a few more math sections later tonight for us to check on Tuesday. Overall, I think she's making great progress and will do wonderful on the GREs next Monday."
"The student and I went over math formulas on the GMAT, including rates of speed and weighted averages, and I gave her corresponding practice questions."
"My first GMAT tutoring session with this student went well. He is confident about his performance on the quantitative sections of the exam, but he would like assistance with increasing his score on the verbal section of the GMAT. On his first exam, he did well on sentence correction, but he had difficulty with both reading comprehension and critical reasoning. We started our session by going over practice questions in the reading comprehension section of the guide to the GMAT. The student mentioned that overall he felt okay about reading comprehension, but he had challenges when the questions asked him to infer something about a paragraph or about the general passage. I worked with him on techniques to tackle these questions, including identifying keywords, briefly summarizing the meaning of the argument or the passage in his own words, quickly eliminating incorrect answers, and recognizing what the question is asking. We then moved to the critical reasoning questions in the diagnostic test. He did well on this section, and he understood the reasoning behind the questions he answered incorrectly. We also reviewed test-taking strategies for his next exam on December 30. With continued practice in reading comprehension, he is poised to do well on each section of the GMAT."