Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed a poetry paper assignment that was similar to the student's storybook paper, which we used as a guideline. Using four criteria, we evaluated 4 Mother Goose editions and ranked them accordingly. We'll be communicating by email for proofreading."
"We covered the basics of partial fraction decomposition and its applications to integration. He hasn't fully mastered trigonometric substitution, so I'm leaving it to his discretion whether he wants to move on to integration by parts or keep working at the previous two topics until fully mastered."
"Today the student and I completed almost all of his recommended problem set on finding derivatives of the natural logarithm function. Just as with the trigonometric functions previously, it took a few problems for the student to understand the functional (as opposed to multiplicative) nature of the logarithm and certain algebraic properties thereof, but fortunately we were able to do so much practice that he had the concepts down perfectly by the time we finished."
"During this session the student and I chatted online for an hour (she called at night and wanted assistance on a session, and I happened to be available). We went over her thesis and I helped her narrow it down a bit to make the paper more manageable. We also discussed the examples she wanted to put into her paper, and I helped her clarify some of her thoughts."
"The student and I studied perimeter, area, surface area, and volume. We worked through several problems to identify conceptual weaknesses. She performed very well with problems about perimeter and area. However, more attention will be given to surface area and volume in the future."
"The student and I worked on converting rational numbers and adding and subtracting rational numbers. She completed her current homework and went over past homework. She had no problems converting and adding numbers, but got a little stuck when it came to subtracting fractions with borrowing. I refreshed her on it and made up some problems for her to practice afterward. She seemed to have a good understanding of everything by the end of the session. We also skipped ahead in her lessons and briefly went over adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators. The work was no problem for her."
"Reviewed verbal strategies and practiced applying them. The student is doing a great job of internalizing the vocabulary words she's studied. She also has a great verbal strategy that is working very well for her: if she doesn't know a question word but does know some of the answer choices, she will invent sentences or phrases around the known answer choices and plug in the question word to see if it sounds OK. I encouraged the student to keep studying the vocabulary list and to pay special attention to common prefixes."
"The student and I spent this session talking about how to graph functions without plotting every point. This means being able to look at an equation and determine end behaviors, x- and y-intercepts, and whether the graph is even or odd. She has a very good handle on this particular material. We also spent some time working on word problems and how to generate equations to manipulate from the information that the problem provides you. She demonstrated better and more quick progress than students I've worked on this material with in the past."
"Spent more time on vocabulary work this session: talked about vocab test strategies, did some prefix/suffix/root activities, and added two pages to our word bank. In math, we worked on percent change (what percent has something increased or decreased)."
"Vertical projectile motion: we worked on a few problems involving objects thrown up and falling down using constant acc. equations. Horizontal projectile motion: taught the student how to resolve an initial velocity vector into vertical and horizontal components."
"The student had worked through a math section on her own. We sat down to grade and go over the questions that she got right or was unsure about. I worked through a few problems for her to give her a sense of how the problems are solved. We then went over some geometry material to review."
"Had a math packet of all of the math to cover. Taught certain skills not yet reviewed. She will be doing the practice exercises for home work. Had her complete a reading comprehension section. She only got one wrong until we hit the last selection. We started talking about how she could overcome the tired feeling she has at the end."