Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed short verbal questions -- I saw a huge improvement in the student's performance on short verbal. She's learning more vocabulary and is able to consistently pull out the most relevant information from sentences in terms of context and road signs. I'd encourage her to make sure she makes a strong prediction before evaluating the answer choices. We also reviewed the short RC reasoning passages. She is showing an emerging strength in this area. Finally, we did some mixed math review and she was able to apply strategy consistently. I'd encourage her to slow down on the math to make sure she doesn't get ahead of herself and make careless mistakes."
"We started out with several shorter reading comprehension problems, and then we went over some questions the student had gotten wrong on the math part of her practice test. She definitely has been improving on the verbal section -- her score went up, and she is performing well on the long reading comprehension problems."
"We went over a lot of math problems, and the student is doing quite well; the two or three we got wrong, we were able to see where we erred."
"We went over geometry. We got stuck on 45:45:90 triangles. I was trying to explain why it is important to understand the consistent relationship between the legs and the hypotenuse. There is a common trick on the GRE where they will use numbers for a hypotenuse that do not include a square root to trick the student who normally studies that the hypotenuse always has a square root in it. This reveals a lack of understanding in students who only learned visually rather than truly understanding the relationship between sides. She did understand by the end and could successfully complete questions that included this trick!"
"We went over Mathematics problems. We talked a little bit about strategy: answering non multiple choice questions first, plugging in well chosen values for the questions that ask about comparing two quantities, and setting up a quasi-equation between two quantities that are to be compared. In particular, we went over algebra, polynomials and ratios of polynomials (rational functions), absolute value, and function notation, and we briefly discussed exponents and ratios of exponential functions. The student did well with the algebra, polynomials, and exponential functions. She remembered/learned some important ideas of function notation quickly. She struggles some with ratios of functions and how to manipulate these; I would suggest that she spend some time studying the rules and methods involved here in order to make sure she knows them well."
"We went over more basic algebra and arithmetic concepts, focusing extensively on plugging in numbers and percent/percent change problems. We also started to review the student's text-completion problems. We are going to work on improving his vocabulary and his sentence comprehension so we can raise his verbal score. For homework, he is doing a math practice set (timed), math review (systems of equations, factoring, and percents), and vocabulary review."