Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's semester final exam turned out to be a group exam and easier/more straightforward than expected. I guessed that his next topic will be conic sections, so we spent most of the session with me giving him an overview out of his textbook of circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas. We had time to do practice problems as well, and he seemed to pick up the main ideas well."
"The student got a 100% on his last test (he was the only 100% in the class). I worked with him on a warm up involving a geometric figure with angles of two unknowns. He recognized that two equations were then necessary to be able to solve for those variables. I used inquiry to guide him and he eventually remembered to create the second equation, solve for "x" and input into the first equation. He then successfully solved for both variables and calculated all angle measurements correctly. Homework problems involved ratios of sides and angles of triangles. Equations had to be created from those ratios and absolute lengths and actual angles found, which we were able to do. He caught on well to a method of diagramming, creating an equation, solving for variables, and then calculating sides."
"We covered the foiling method and a little bit of the factoring method. The student is understanding the material. I left her with some practice questions."
"Reviewed fractions for Friday's exam. This included multiplying, dividing, adding subtracting fractions, improper fractions and mixed numbers. Good session, I look forward to hearing of the student's success on her exam."
"In this session, the student and I went over how to do right and left Riemann sum. At first we had a challenge going over it. But once we both looked up information from a couple of sources, he was able to understand it better. We also went over how to do some basic integration as well as summation."
"We covered a lot of the essential math concepts regarding geometry. I went over the student's homework and made sure the basics were covered. It seems as if he is doing a great job of picking the essential topics of geometry. It seems as if he needs me more to help him master the core concepts as opposed to tutor him on the foundational aspects. I did not give him any homework."
"The student and I spent this session going over trigonometry- specifically the unit circle. The biggest issue she had was understanding what each part of a trig function represented (angle vs side length) and how the unit circle worked. This made it difficult for her to understand how to approach a problem she hadn't seen before because she didn't understand what the question was asking. As we went through problems in the book I showed her first how to solve the problem, then I explained why you would solve the problem that way. It seemed to help some and she did much better with unit circle problems. By the end of the session I could tell that the course work was overwhelming her, so I told her to really work on memorizing the trig ratios (SOHCAHTOA) and to email me if she had any questions."
"The student & I went over some homework problems regarding application of the definition of the anti-derivative. He seems to understand the concept well; we worked through some of his trouble applying it to specific examples. I worked on mindful development of a consistent strategy to approach problems as well as accuracy in algebraic steps with him. I plan on assessing how much he has caught up on his own in our next session."
"During this session the student and I worked through some of the practice test. There were several types of problems that covered a wide variety of topics. Some of these include graphing, number systems and applying diagrams to logic, probability etc. Going forward I think she will be best served by taking a step back and building up some of the skills required. Since the student is unable to use a calculator on the certification exam, I really want her to get more familiar with simple pen and paper math as well as some other algebra basics before trying to tackle sample problems. I have no doubt that with some practice and time, she will be able to earn a passing score on her certification exam."
"The student and I today went over his homework that was due for tomorrow. We worked on vocabulary for equations such as the following terms: coefficients, variables, terms, and expressions. We finished a worksheet on those topics and then moved onto another worksheet that let us practice combining like terms and write out final expressions."
"We covered the first part of the student's review packet in preparation of the midterm. He was struggling to remember a lot of the old material. Once I told him how to do it, he remembered. He wanted to work on anatomy, but we spent all the time in math because he needed the most help there. He has his own practice worksheets to complete. Hopefully, we can cover everything next session."
"Finishing review practice test for Chapter 6. I have seen some improvement when watching the student working on the problem. He needs more practice on factoring polynomial functions and simplifying functions with exponents. I marked several questions he was struggling with for him to review before taking the test."