Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we focused on the writing section of the GRE, specifically the issue prompt. We discussed the time breakdown of the prompt, along with some of the basic mechanics of writing. We then spent time practicing how to write a good thesis, how to break down the paragraphs in the essay, and how to make a good outline. We then went through practice prompts. Right now we need to work on creating an outline and thesis in a shorter period of time. His homework includes doing an issue prompt under a 30 minute time limit, and listening to history podcasts to increase his breadth of knowledge."
"Today we went over the essay the student prepared since last time for the first hour. In the second hour we went over general strategies for reading comprehension. For homework, he will outline some argument essay prompts and do some reading comprehension from a test prep book he has."
"Today we went through basic test taking strategies and time management skills. The student made a list of unknown vocabulary words, which I will be quizzing her on next week. I asked her to write one essay for the analytical section. In subsequent weeks, I will have her complete qualitative reasoning sections during our sessions. This way, we can simulate the time constraints and stress of the testing environment."
"Today, the student and I did more text completion and sentence equivalence exercises. We also went over some reading comprehension exercises that he did on his own as well as an analytical writing essay that he'd written in advance of our session. He is taking the GRE on the 13th and I have advised him to spend a lot of his remaining time studying focused on vocabulary, which he struggles with the most, as well as continuing to practice writing essays so that he is comfortable with the time frame in which he'll be writing them on the exam."
"Today, the student and I spent more time working through strategies for the reading comprehension section of the exam and discussed the essays she had prepared for today's lesson, discussing polishing of her writing via practice with particular grammatical structures. We formulated an intensive study plan, which focused on both passage-based practice problems and daily academic reading. We also planned future sessions, including one directly prior to her exam for last-minute questions and guided practice."
"Today, we had our last session before the students take the test! Their scores have improved, which I was thrilled to hear. We went over strategies for the Analyze an Argument essay in the Writing section and for reading comprehension Verbal questions. I am confident in their essay-writing abilities. For homework, they will write the essay we outlined during our session today. They will also complete the Reading Comprehension practice set. Since this was our last session, we also went over some practical notes such as test-taking strategies and how to select schools to send scores to. Before test day, they should use the complete, 20-question Verbal practice sets and time themselves (30 minutes) to practice pacing strategies. I wish them the best of luck on test day!"