Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"- We continued working on the issue essays. - We looked at some of her old prompts and focused on outlines and organization. - The student will pick one issue essay and one argument essay to do between now and our next session."
"Today, we covered an Issue essay first. The student's prose and organization are strong. After that, we talked in more depth about the Argument task, ripping through about 10 prompts in order to make him feel more comfortable with quickly dissecting these arguments."
"For our last session, the student and I focused on improving an issue essay he wrote in response to a prompt selected from the pool of possible topics on the exam website. We reviewed ways to strengthen an argument formally, and rhetorically. We also discussed at length how introductions and conclusions should be written. We selected another prompt together and discussed how one might tackle the issue, emphasizing the way different dimensions of an issue can be argued for in an organized fashion. We concluded the session by answering some questions against text-passages, on which the student fared well."
"In this session, we reviewed the geometry concepts that are tested on the GRE. This included a brief discussion of lines and angles, followed by a more detailed discussion on the different shapes and their geometric properties. This included an extensive review of triangles and the relevant rules about side lengths, angle measures, similar triangles as well as some review about quadrilaterals, general polygons, and circles. We ended the session doing some practice problems related to different shapes being inscribed inside of a circle. Overall, the student did well with the material, and with a bit of guidance was able to use most concepts correctly during practice problems. He was clearly engaged throughout the session and was interested in better understanding the material."
"The student and I continued to work on word problems- specifically two variable word problems. He has improved with these problems, and has improved in terms of reading questions carefully. I encouraged him to continue practice problems, and to review geometry problems and concepts that we have gone over previously. He should also continue to practice his critical reading and problem solving skills."
"The student and I continued to work through quantitative GRE problems. We covered word problems, perimeter, area, and circumference, systems of two linear equations in two unknowns, and rules of exponents."