Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued with geometry (an area in which he is making progress!) and did a fair bit of what is generally called "arithmetic," including, but not limited to: percent change/increase/decrease, setting up proportions, decimal-percentage conversion, et al. We'll be meeting next Wednesday and he will be taking a full practice test under proper (simulated) testing conditions before then."
"Since she has already done a great deal of prep for the test, including taking an exam already, we discussed where she felt her weaknesses were, specifically in the math. I gave her some problems to diagnose different possible issues with the testing itself since she seems to have a solid foundation for the math, and we discovered that there are a few specific testing issues. We also discussed her strategy and how it could be improved, as well as testing anxiety and how to overcome it. I am actually suggesting she tone down her preparation because I think she's overloading herself with the math. I have instead suggested she work on 3 problems a day rather than 20 problems a day. We will also work on finding the simplest possible route to solving the problem, much of which will involve identifying the specific problem types."
"We began by reviewing a few issues that the student had with c.25 and 27 on polygons and triangles. Following this, we worked on coordinate geometry, with which he did not have major problems. I assigned this chapter (28) as well as mixed geometry as a review (29). We then started working on the basics of essay writing. I assigned several of each type of essay, having him provide the main points he would use for them were he to write them. I did assign him one argument topic to write in full."
"We worked primarily on verbal reasoning today, going through strategies for addressing each type of question. Whittling down the reading comprehension questions to their most basic depth is a strategy the student seems to connect with, and one we will continue to work on. In terms of vocabulary, while there is always room for improvement, the student seemed to have a good grasp on many of the words that showed up. We spent some time on math, and I was very impressed. The student very quickly determined which strategy to use for most questions, and was able to see with clarity what the questions were asking. She did a great job today."
"Today, we wrapped up our GRE studies by going over her homework, taking one last chance to review strategies, and by talking through reading strategies one more time. The student is very prepared for this test and has no problem with nerves. Today was mainly casual review, and I'm expecting good results from her!"
"SPECIFIC CONCEPTS: We covered six topics in sentence correction: Pronoun Errors, Misplaced Modifiers, Parallel Construction, Parallel Comparison, Tense Agreement and Subject Verb Agreement. STRATEGIES/SKILLS: For skills, we went over using a scratch sheet to track incorrect choices, using process of elimination, and pacing. EXTRA PRACTICE: I assigned eight pages in his work book on the GMAT as well as a section on Reading Comprehension."