Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we continued working mostly with the normal distribution. Last session was the first time we had worked with it so progress was somewhat slow, but this time around I think we made a lot of headway. The student has a test in a few days so we will have more time for practice on Wednesday and she should do fine."
"The student and I began by reviewing the A/S/M/D fractions homework that I left for her. She got them all correct. Today we went over A/S/M/D negative and positive integers. She struggled a bit with adding and subtracting negative numbers. We used a number line, manipulatives and drew boxes to demonstrate positive and negative numbers, which seemed to help. No concerns from this session."
"*Practiced spelling age-appropriate words *Practiced writing sentences with commas, semicolons and transition words *Practiced reducing fractions to lowest terms *Practice changing mixed fractions to improper fractions"
"The student seems to have done well in previous sessions for Calculus I, hence we started meeting for his Calculus 2 course. Topics covered: 1. Differentiation of functions 2. Using limits to find derivatives 3. Introduction to determining areas under curves 4. Utilizing knowledge of "anti-derivatives" to graph higher step functions. He was a little rusty but is getting back into the swing of calculus."
"Today, the student and I spent the first half of our session rigorously reviewing multiplication problems. One of the strategies that we have been consistently working on is making sure that our writing is readable and that the numbers are written directly beneath each other. During the second half of our session, we focused on converting customary units of capacity by memorizing the equivalent for each capacity. She was taught a story so that memorizing the chart would be easier."
"The student and I reviewed her homework assignments on parabolas, including calculating and plotting the vertex, focus, and directrix. We practiced both parabolas in vertex and standard form. We are meeting again on Thursday."
"We continued to work today on simplifying fractions (as a prelude to moving on to ratios and proportions), understanding and recognizing prime numbers (for factoring), and solving simple equations with one variable."
"The student and I revisited percentage to decimal conversion today. We covered graphing, x and y intercepts, the equation of a line, and slope, using y = mx + b. We will need to work on solving and graphing equations of lines."
"The student and I covered inequalities and their graphs today. He started solving inequalities using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; And solving multi-step inequalities. In order to see progress in him, I made him solve all the odd exercises in each section after we had solved together all the even exercises. He worked a little bit with graphing negative numbers in inequalities. We practiced at least 5 different exercises with the same format so that he could see how to graph inequalities correctly. By the end of our tutoring session, I was sure he not only understood how to graph, but also how to apply this information to real life situations."
"We did a review of all of the topics in Calculus to help him get ready for his placement exam. He knows the material very well. I left him with some problems to review before we start Calculus in our next session."
"I worked exclusively with the first student today. We continued work on his algebra review assignment including factoring of polynomials and simplifying, adding and subtracting radical expressions. He did very well! He is able to grasp concepts and do the work, so I think it is mainly a matter of self-confidence and openness to new types of problems. We will work on breaking the problems down into smaller steps, and recording all of the steps on paper, to help mitigate the confusion that can develop when working on these complex, multiple-step problems."
"I met with the student for the first time today. We worked on an old test and made sure that she understood everything. She is a good student and shows much potential. Some things that we will work on is when to use certain identities and certain techniques in integration."