Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student first took a timed exam and we reviewed his Text Completion, Sentence Equivalent, and Reading Comprehension results. He has made great strides in his Reading Comprehension work and is now answering 70% correctly under timed conditions, versus an earlier 35-40%. He is also getting the most difficult questions correct. Thirdly, the student took a Vocab Quiz and scored very well."
"Today we focused on expanding vocabulary. I tried to give the student lots of tricks to remember difficult words that she could expect to see on the test. We also used GRE practice questions, as we did during previous sessions. I saw a lot of improvement in her today. She retained a lot of the vocabulary we discussed over the last two days, and she seemed much better at extracting correct answers based on context."
"Today focused on inference questions. The student struggles most with passages that require holistic understanding of the passage combined with application of logic, and it doesn't help that the questions are worded in convoluted ways. She has made much progress, though, particularly in her answering technique."
"Today, we focused on reading comprehension, with some additional vocabulary work at the end of the session. The student is finding a significant difference in the more concrete passages, which he's able to finish fairly quickly and accurately, and the more abstract and philosophical passages, which are still sometimes posing challenges. He is planning to do all the other verbal work before these complex readings, so that he knows exactly how much time he has left for these questions."
"Entry exam verbal practice: reading comprehension strategies (word circling/underlining, process of elimination). Next time, we'll practice scansion and vocab questions."
"Finished the first practice exam in the review book (verbal only) and began the second practice exam."
"Today we reviewed a complete Verbal GRE section. We focused on using contextual clues to identify word meaning, main ideas, tone, etc. We then reviewed general problem solving techniques for test completion questions."
"We reviewed and went over many of the "Hard" questions in student's GRE prep book, focusing on tips and strategies as well as vocabulary building."
"The student learned skills and strategies for the Reading Comprehension part of the GRE Verbal test. We reviewed her homework from the Quantitative section."
"Over the weekend, the student took part of one of her practice tests. Today, we went over the verbal section from that test, beginning to focus on expanding her vocabulary both by highlighting important words, and by practicing Greek and Latin roots that make up words as we encountered them in the problems she had trouble with. Some of the words were ones we encountered in our verbal practice last week, and her familiarity with the types of difficult words she'll encounter on the GRE is beginning to increase."
"The student and I covered issue essays, taking positions and supporting them with evidence, and argument essays. She showed me three essays that she had written previously and we went over them in exquisite detail in order to see how they could be improved. I also gave her advice on what topics to study based on the scores she had been obtaining from the practice examinations online."
"This was our last session. We reviewed the problems that I had assigned, covering a general selection of verbal and math. We finished by discussing a few last test-day concerns, particularly regarding how to approach problems about which he is less than certain."