Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I began with English by working on her essay about the novel she has been reading. We discussed the book and evidence that she would need to support her thesis. We then moved on to her math/science project where she had completed all of the science calculations but needed the math portion to be reviewed. We worked through it as much as possible, but she knows what questions she needs to ask of her instructor tomorrow. We then moved on to Latin, where she worked on mottos that she will have to translate on a quiz tomorrow."
"Prepared math sheets for all three students. The first student will have area and perimeter, the second will have multiplication and division, and the third has basic multiplication as well as 4 digit addition and subtraction."
"Met with the student and went over her math homework, topics included logarithms and exponential growth and decay. She seemed to understand the relevant concepts well after going through all the practice problems."
"They were having a math test the next day so we reviewed for the test. We began with a minute drill for 1-9 multiplication. Both boys did well. Then we worked on place value for the test."
"On Thursday, the student began a new section in math covering the three different types of linear functions. The worksheets that we completed together focused on the standard form of linear equations and converting them to point-slope form. She did very well with determining the x and y intercepts, calculating the slope, and switching from standard to point-slope. The only challenge was making sure she used the correct sign (positive or negative) throughout her work, based on what the original problem gave. Otherwise it looks like she will have a pretty easy time with this section of information."
"The student had a math test she needed to get prepared for, along with a fair bit of math homework that she focused on. Some of the concepts we focused on were: 1) When you multiply a number by a fraction of a number, the original number gets SMALLER. 2) When you divide a number by a fraction of a number, the original number gets BIGGER. 3) What is area and how do you find it? (We used a picture model.) 4) When should you divide? We looked at drawing of a whole or set that we wanted to share fairly amongst something. 5) We also continued to build on our understanding of simplifying fractions using prime numbers. The student is now getting quite good at this. She now knows that if she sees a prime number in either the numerator of the denominator then that's the ONLY number you can simplify by. She also knows to not just try to simplify by random numbers, but to try prime numbers, often starting at the smallest and working up."