Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began by reviewing the homework from last time. She had several very small issues in the arithmetic problems. We addressed estimating, which tripped her up a bit for large numbers. We reviewed verbal, and I assigned 15 more sentence completion and 20 of the sentence equivalence problems. We worked on fractions, which she remembered well enough. I assigned a subset of these questions (ignoring some more advanced concepts that slip into this chapter). We reviewed percentage problems, so I assigned 6-21 in that chapter. Finally, we looked at some data interpretation. I assigned 16 of these."
"Today, the student and I went over her first full length practice test. Overall she did extremely well, picking up very quickly on her errors and mistakes. The main areas/issues she needs to work on are 1) carefully reading the question, 2) learning vocabulary and also 3) learning how to focus on questions without bringing her background knowledge into play. I think that all of these things will develop easily with practice. Additionally, she needs to take some time practicing the essay sections. Before we next meet, the goal is for her to complete another full length practice test."
"We went over probability and combinatorics. We went over the main concepts and some practice problems. The student went from knowing nothing about the subject at all to being able to answer GRE practice problems about it which is really neat. I left him with some practice problems before we meet again."
"We reviewed geometry practice problems and the reviewed a number of GRE problems that test concepts in geometry. The student has a really strong foundation in math and was able to quickly evaluate more challenging and complex questions. I recommended consistent math practice and memorization of the relevant formulas. I also suggested that she go slower when working through math problems. She almost always sees how to get to the correct answer but sometimes rushes through the work of getting to it correctly."
"We spent today working on the Quantitative Comparison questions, which cover a range of topics, including geometry, probability, and some ratio-manipulation. For homework, I suggest the student look over the tips and tricks section of his GRE book related to these types of questions then take the time to do a lot. If any are difficult or a recurring topic is causing trouble, he is to make sure to note it so we can review it next session."
"We split our time between geometry and word problems, going over the main properties of triangles, with special attention to special right triangles. Then, we moved on to pulling systems of equations out of sentences."