Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For our initial meeting, we discussed the student's history with the GRE, goal scores, and the student's areas of greatest concern. He is working with a friend on basic mathematics, so for the time being, we are focusing on test specific techniques and processes. I showed him 3 ways to address algebra problems (plugging in, hidden plug ins, and plugging in the answers). We practiced on numerous questions. The student did very well with hidden plug ins and relatively well with standard plug ins. He understood the concept of plugging in the answers, but we need to do some additional work translating word problems to ensure the proper mathematical processes are used. He will do homework from the GRE books that he has and an online practice test site prior to our next meeting."
"We covered various math topics, permutations, combinations and probability. She showed good improvement, and I left her with more practice online. We are going to meet Thursday to go over any questions she has and to push forward."
"Since it was our first session, we discussed the test structure and content, and general strategy. We also looked at a variety of questions from the verbal and quantitative sections and some essay prompts."
"The student and I continued to work on his logical reasoning skills. We first focused on assumption questions. I reviewed the basic strategy for this question type and we talked through a large number of problems. Towards the end of the question set he had improved in his ability to define the answer he is looking for and identify the right answers, even though at times he did not know why the answer he picked was correct. At the end of the session we went through a number of difficult inference questions. I reviewed the strategy for these question types and helped him discuss each question. When necessary I helped him to identify the correct answer choice."
"The student and I started by reviewing his most recent practice section, including a detailed breakdown of how to meticulously approach different question types using different strategies. He has already proven himself to be capable of quickly adapting advanced strategies into his preparation. From there, we proceeded into our overview of the Logical Reasoning section. This included a general overview, broad strategy, and then a targeted discussion of the different question types. He very quickly picked up my fundamental tips about looking past the argument to see the formal logic governing it. I am extremely pleased with his progress over a short period of time."
"The student and I worked on Logic Games from his practice test, focusing on strategy. He has a good grasp of the rules, particularly of translating them into more visual representations. Like most students, he has a tendency to race ahead instead of working through each rule, then losing his way. By working through the problems methodically, I showed him how he could confidently eliminate wrong answer choices with less work for each question."