Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we reviewed a final batch of practice problems that had given the student issues. These problems covered a range of topics, including geometry, probability, data interpretation, and sequences. She did well with most of the material, but I was still able to point out some shortcuts for completing certain problems. As some last words of advice, I recommended that she allow herself a few seconds at the start of each problem to pause and think about what the question is asking rather than rushing to find a solution, and also encouraged her to look at the answer choices before attempting to find a solution. Overall, she has been excellent to work with and has clearly made progress throughout our sessions together."
"The student and I continued to work on the numeric entry practice problems. We worked on his approach to problems and how to utilize his skill set. I would like him to continue with practice problems on his own and to identify any specific problem areas he still has. He should also continue to review formulas, polynomials, radicals, and exponents. I have seen an improvement in his ability to tackle polynomial equations, as well as algebraic substitution problems."
"The student and I continued to work through GRE quantitative problems. The problems included topics that covered the rules of exponents, inequalities, the triangle inequality, the quadratic formula, combinatorics, and probability. The student and I are going to work again tomorrow night."
"The student and I continued working problems in the prep book, primarily in advanced quant, but also in the algebra section."
"The student and I first reviewed homework. We reviewed plugging in questions because she is still working on translating word problems to equations, so I introduced the strategy of plugging in the answers when the equations became too cumbersome. We transitioned to geometry. She has a good handle on triangles, so after reviewing the content, we moved onto circles. We worked through several practice problems of varying difficulty, stressing the importance of drawing figures and using information we already knew to calculate additional information. Her homework will include a geometry review."
"The student and I had our first session yesterday. She expressed that she understands the concepts behind the test, but has significant test anxiety, which makes taking the test much more difficult, especially when time becomes a factor. While we will talk about speed in upcoming sessions, we spent yesterday's session building her confidence and comfort with the different questions--the GRE mostly looks to see if you can set up a strategy, and then apply that strategy to solve relatively straightforward problems. Once she got used to this, she was very successful, although she still was not comfortable with the time it took her to answer several questions. This will come with practice. For homework, she'll download software that mimics what the actual GRE test will feel like so she can be comfortable with the format, and will take a practice test."