Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a review packet for her unit 1 exam which covered word problems as well as determining whether a function was always true, sometimes true, never true. She struggled most with setting up the word problems, so we did a trial and error method where I let her talk through the problem and then had her go back to see if her answer made sense. This actually proved to be good for her because she was able to see where she went wrong and what she needed to fix versus me telling her what to fix."
"Today we continued to work with inequalities, going through the types of problems that he would see on his homework. At the start of the session, the student reported to me that he was feeling a lot more confident with the subject and that he retook a test in his class which he saw improvement on. At the start, he struggled with remembering to transfer negatives from one side of the equation to the other, but he quickly caught his mistakes and completed most of the work without asking for my help. I left him with a practice sheet for inequalities to complete before our next session. He has shown marked improvement and confidence with the material he has learned thus far in class."
"The student and I covered special square roots, special exponents, slopes, x&y intercepts, and long processes of order of operation. He needs more practice with order of operations, especially with the negative signs."
"I prepared a second packet, entitled Working with Integers, which involved operations with positive and negative integers (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). To help conceptualize these complex ideas, we relied on number lines and real-life examples, such as negative temperatures or bank balances. The student excelled at this review. I left him with mixed practice to complete before our next meeting on Wednesday. From what I saw during this session, I have decided to cover absolute value, inequalities, and basic equations during our next session. He is making bounds in terms of his math ability, and I'm very happy to be working with him."
"The student and I had a good session. I was able to get him to concentrate well today. Knowing that he would have a break soon was a big motivating factor for him. He started with finishing his science lab homework and he had full understanding of the questions and answers. Following science, he did his math homework. After reviewing the difference between commutative and associative properties, he was able to do his work easily. One of the answers was distributive property, which he hasn't learned yet, so I gave him a brief explanation of what it was. The reverse side of the page was review from last time-simplifying expressions which he remembered how to do."
"Today we continued through a practice test. We covered probability, graphs, and started work on equations. He blitzed through probability, and was picking it up quickly. He does well at extracting equations from word problems! Next time we will work on the methods surrounding solving for x."
"During this session, the student and I went over a test that I provided for him that covered many aspects of algebra. He seemed motivated to keep practicing and improving! The test covered exponents, factors, systems of equations, and writing an equation that could give rise to factors. I gave him the source of where I found some questions for the exam so he could continue practicing on his own."
"We worked on algebraic functions and how to graph basic lines today. We worked mostly on his my math lab going over the homework assignments that came up. He really worked well with the idea of f(x) and y, and why those are the same. We will continue working on playing with those kind of functions. I left him with a few extra homework problems."
"He had a worksheet covering two sections today. We worked on equations dealing with adding and subtracting signed numbers. The numbers themselves were whole numbers, fractions and decimals. In addition, proportions and additional PSAT algebra and geometry questions were covered."
"He and I discussed interpreting graphs and interpreting situations by drawing their graphs. We discussed some of his homework problems, which involved understanding sequences and predicting their outcomes. We also briefly discussed increasing and decreasing graphs and the visual difference between constant slopes and changing slopes."
"Student one and I covered adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying decimals, converting between fractions and decimals, and order of operations. She received a 95 on her assignment. She understands the concepts very well. For now, I would like her to work on double checking her work at each step to make sure there are no mistakes that will impact the final answer. I gave her a sheet of practice problems, which she completed during the session. Student two and I covered adding and subtracting polynomials. She received an 88 on her test. She is doing well."
"Today student one and I went over his test from last week. We worked the problems that he missed and talked about why he choose those answer choices. We also briefly reviewed his homework over adding and subtracting fractions. Student two and I worked on using tables and charts to solve time and distance questions. We also worked on her physics homework."