Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by reviewing the few algebra questions that the student had. There was nothing major to worry about in this regard. We then worked through the basics of factoring, and I assigned a subset of chapter 13 on this. I reviewed percentage concepts and assigned those problems. Then, we worked on the basics of fraction operations. I will be looking for a decent worksheet for this. We finished by working on some vocabulary issues in the sentence completion problems that she did. I assigned 15-20 sentence equivalence problems."
"We spent the majority of our time today solving geometry and solid geometry questions. We reviewed areas of cones and spheres, properties of trapezoids, and (slightly outside geometry, but applicable to our questions) factoring. The student has done a great job studying/memorizing formulas - today, the only ones we found she needs to add are the volume of cones and spheres and the triangle sides rules. We spent the last 40 minutes of our session completing a qualitative practice test section. Her vocabulary is getting better every session - her studying is clearly paying off. Today we added words: tortuous, benign, objurgation, and prescient."
"We focused on math concepts today, specifically probability and geometry. Permutations and combinations were both relatively new to the student, so they were a focus of our session. She really picked them up quickly; with a bit more practice, she shouldn't have any problem with them on the test day. We also spent a bit of time on special triangles, a subject with which she has significantly improved."
"The student and I reviewed the practice test she took since our last session, working through the questions she missed and discussing strategies to get those types of questions right in the future. Then we did some intensive vocabulary review for the GRE. She finished the session by taking a diagnostic test so we could compare it to her initial diagnostic. She scored 12% better!"
"We covered comparing algebraic quantities, solving systems of equations with elimination or substitution, and translating words and phrases into equations and expressions. I asked the student to continue doing 30 minutes a day of Algebra flashcards for next time."
"The student and I covered GMAT reading comprehension. We discussed and practiced strategies that would allow him to parcel out the structure of the essay as well as to know where the main points are (without truly needing to understand 100%). I brought a sample GMAT test for him to practice with. He is definitely stronger with certain types of passages vs others, but he is grasping the material well."