Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started with a few practice problems to refresh her on some of the general strategies of working with diagrams, using estimation, and getting answers by algebra without actually solving for the variables. Then we focused on specific strategies for multiple choice and multiple answer questions. We started by going through questions in which all the answer choices are numbers and there is an unknown to solve for. In these, she can simply plug in the answer choices to see which one makes the statements in the question true, and that is the correct answer. I advised her to start with choice C, as then she can eliminate the bigger or smaller answers as well depending on the result. After this, we went over problems in which she can make up her own numbers for the variables. She can do this as long as the same variables appear in the answer choices. We went over how to choose appropriate variables that are easy to calculate. She also needs to be sure she can figure out what the correct value is so she knows what to compare her answer choices against. After that, we talked about strategies for estimation, and eliminating answers that cannot be possible. She should be especially careful when some numbers are greater than 1 or 100% and others are less because then she can eliminate some answers based solely on whether the new number is greater or less than the old number. Next time we will go over strategies to use on Quantitative Comparison problems."
"We reviewed geometry (primarily properties of triangles), and then revisited the diagnostic test that the student took earlier. We went through question 17, redoing incorrect questions and skipping those on concepts we haven't covered yet. The student did well applying the concepts we have reviewed together."
"Worked problem sets. Emphasized polynomial roots, monomial and binomial factoring, and power rules (exponents). Discussed properties of distributed sets, right triangles, and coplanar points. Recognized common right triangles."
"The student has been feeling much better about her preparation for the exam. She did a couple full sections for us to review. Some of them were very difficult, but I would say that about half of the questions answered wrong or left blank, she was able to do them on a second try. That is encouraging because it means she is capable and just needs to work on her confidence. She just needs to keep up with her practice and keep coming to me with trickier questions in the month leading up to the exam."
"After we went over some actual problems from the test, I noticed that the student has a few issues with timing, as well as probability and combinations, but otherwise is going well. We will continue to work on these areas. We will focus on reading next time."
"The student was having trouble with percentage increase and decrease, which is pretty common with GRE test takers. We went through some simplified examples and then more concrete problems through various sources. We then covered a variety of topics before coming back to percents and she did a lot better then. We will meet again next Friday."