Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over HW in mymathlab (function; section 1.3). We did not finish part 1 of HW, and K. was a little concerned about the course materials. We meet again on Saturday and will finish HW for the week. K. seemed to struggle with square root and rational equations. I told her that I will give her extra materials on factoring to practice."
"Tonight we had a lot of homework to go over! The student finished a math worksheet on distribution particularly in the (x+y)^2 form. I was very impressed at how well she got through this homework. After a few days of practice, she is really catching on to all the rules we've been talking about. Then she completed a 2-page biology vocabulary worksheet and finally collected and formatted her poem book, decorated it, and wrote a page-long introduction to the poems she wrote. I was very proud of her work ethic tonight!"
"The student and I played the flash card scatter game the entire lesson. It look a long time because she has a difficult time hearing and connecting various letter sounds. She did start to see patterns a lot more by the end."
"Reviewed more geometric concepts to prepare for Friday Math Test. The student requested I review lessons and reteach the following concepts: translations on the coordinate plane, line symmetry, congruent ratios and determine polygons that are similar using ratios. I shared a website for geometry to help her visualize and understand the geometric concepts of translations using the coordinate plane and equations. This gave a clear review of transformational geometry with examples as another resource for her. I suggested she continue working on her practice problems and bring her questions for the next session on Thursday. Today's session went well and the student is very focused and self-directed."
"We reviewed several grammar constructions on the fifth and sixth grade level. He worked on finding the correct synonyms and antonyms and we discussed their meanings. Then he read from the school book, and we discussed how to write a strong descriptive passage. I assigned two short writings for homework, asking for both to be as descriptive as possible and engage all the senses."
"We went over a DBQ about colonialism. She was worried about the DBQ structure since she didn't do as well as she liked during in-class practice. After going through it, she was able to organize a response to the prompt, and she was able to identify key documents and points of view. I think with a little more practice these will be a cinch."
"Today the student and I began studying for her math test on Thursday. I received an email from her math teacher requesting tutoring for her in the area of factoring complex polynomials. After some studying I assigned the practice test in the end of the chapter for her to complete."
"Derived the values of sin, cos, tan of 30, 60,90 and 45 degrees. Derived and applied the trigonometric identities. The student is a extremely well organized and has a verve to do well."
"Actually, this session was focused on writing code in C. Our session today had to work on several things at once, as the student needed to work through the details of her assignment first and foremost. We will work on specific concepts and the more "bedrock" issues of C in our next session. Here, we covered string manipulation, argument usage in applications (from the command line), and the algorithm design pertinent to her music-related projects."
"This was an introductory session. We first discussed my experiences and approaches to teaching. The first student's biggest challenge is that he does not enjoy reading and as a result, his vocabulary and reading comprehension are on the lower end of the range where he is expected be. The second student, contrastingly, loves to read and learn but is struggling to remember her sight words and is thus below where she should be. I explained that I would begin by investing the kids in the learning process, assessing where they are through diagnostics, then setting quantitative and qualitative goals for each of them. We spent time talking about each child's interests, past academic strengths and weaknesses, and mode of learning. I explained that the first few sessions will be dedicated to getting the kids invested through the "I can, I want" approach, meaning the children believe they can experience growth and they want to. This will allow us to move at a slightly faster pace on the back end."
"We spent the whole session making sure he's prepared for his test. He was comfortable with all sections of the chapter, but the section on dilations was a little challenging for him. We spent time going over this with practice problems and he seemed much more confident. We spent the last bit of time going through the entire chapter's practice problems, which he went through with ease. He is feeling very confident going into his test tomorrow."
"We worked on graphing sin, cos, and tan functions. This included changes in amplitude, period, horizontal and vertical shift, and reflection. The student did will with these problems and I suggested more problems for practice."