Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wants to prepare for the state high school graduation test, which she will be taking in March. This test covers a wide range of mathematical topics, each of which requires a firm foundation in algebra. For the next couple of sessions, we will be reviewing algebraic techniques. Today, we reviewed part of the state practice test. We reviewed things such as trigonometric relationships, the quadratic equation, the Pythagorean theorem, area, perimeter and graphs. She is very determined to learn and actively participated during our session. I will be sending her detailed notes and worksheets she is to complete before our next session. I asked her to study at least 30 minutes each day."
"Today, the student and I spent our session working on a project for her math class. The project required her to project the cost and the revenue possibilities for a fictional aluminum mine. She was given the amount of aluminum and iron located in the site, the value of the aluminum, and the cost to transport the materials from the site to the factory. Once all of the calculations were complete, she had to graph the equations and determine how much aluminum was needed for her company to turn a profit. This was a long and complicated problem that required her to utilize skills that she has acquired over the course of the year. When our session ended, she was still working on her graph but felt confident in her process."
"Student and I covered concepts related to polynomials, regressions, and mathematical patterns. I think this was a productive session to reinforce some concepts, but as I've mentioned before, I believe that he needs to practice more math problems on his own."
"Today we worked on linear programming - a refresher of how to graph inequalities, find vertices, and then find the max and min of the objective function. There was some difficulty as to what to graph (the objective function or the constraints) - but I think we had that cleared up by the end of the session."
"I worked with all three boys in this session. I began with Student A and we worked through a worksheet on the polygon sum conjecture. The biggest challenge was being able to identify where to begin a problem, but once he did he was able to progress through the problems well. I went over his organization strategies that we implemented toward the end of last year and he said that they are working well for him. He will bring his planner to next week's meeting so that I can look at it with him. I worked with Student B on trigonometry graphing, which he knew fairly well, but made a few mistakes. I helped him to reinforce what he already knew. Student C was working on a worksheet regarding proportionality constants. He could do this fairly well on his own, but I was able to help him relate it to work that he had already done in the class."
"During the session, we continued to review the student's math skills with integers and algebraic equations. We will continue to do skill quizzes at the beginning of our sessions. In addition we worked on science, describing and measuring motion notes. We created notes for her assigned section."