Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"[COVERED]: The student wanted to review a difficult verbal reasoning section test she had done. We began with my lecture on argument analysis and how it informs understanding the types of questions asked, as well as improving mapping and reading actively. After that, we covered 3 difficult passages, one that used an extended analogy, another that discussed history, and a very verbally dense philosophical passage derived from David Hume's On Liberty. [PROGRESS]: She improved her understanding and mapping upon revisiting the same content with the new viewpoint to which I introduced her. [EXTRA PRACTICE]: She will do a full-length test this weekend and will hopefully get time to review it, assembling a topic list we can cover the next time."
"Today we went over two passages in depth while applying the techniques that we talked about last time. We focused on briefly summarizing each paragraph as a means to quickly answer questions and also maintain focus during the reading as well as answering questions based on question types and answer types. More than anything else, I spent a lot of time with him answering questions and analyzing answers to demonstrate to him why certain answers were better than others. In almost all cases, he agreed after being exposed to this kind of thinking. He has implemented the summary strategy in addition to reading passages silently by mouthing the words. He finds that this keeps him focused on the passage, does not slow him down, and allows him to answer questions more correctly. In one of his practice tests, he answered 28 out of the 40 questions correctly, which would have resulted in a 9 on the MCAT, a favorable score. During this test, he also only finished six of the seven passages. This is an immense improvement over his usual 20 out of 40 questions."
"Today we did math problems from the arithmetic and data analysis sections, with focus on solving equations."
"We spent time reviewing the structure of the exam, outlining what our study approach will be and discussing how she has studied to date. We then went through a series of questions that were intended to review numeric properties and arithmetic. We looked at a few GRE questions that tested those concepts. We will continue with numeric properties and arithmetic next time. She has a strong foundation and will benefit from consistent practice and structured review sessions. Great work today!"
"We went over a practice test of Advanced GRE Math problems from student's math test prep book. Student will finish notes on math concepts outlined in test prep book for review next session. Great work!"
"We went over the Pythagorean Theorem, word problems, ratios, compound interest, area formulas, test taking and test prep strategies, and tackling charts and graphs. The student was positive, he took some practice tests between our meetings and scored better than he did on the GRE that he took previously. The student struggled most with taking the numbers from the problems and using them to get to the answer, sometimes getting confused with what he was calculating. To tackle this, I encouraged the student to take a look at units and to plug in numbers to make sure the final answer becomes reasonable. The test is Tuesday, so I asked him to look over specific equations and practice some further question types. I am confident that he will get a score that he is happy with on Tuesday."