Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we covered rates and conversion word problems. This session emphasized treating units like numbers. The student was understanding the concept, but needs a little more practice to become comfortable with the word problems. He has an exam in math on Friday, so we will spend a lot of time reviewing the old material for the exam next session."
"The student received a study guide for his upcoming exam on Thursday, and we looked through the majority of the packet. The idea was to look for questions that he did not understand on his own, and when we found one, we both wrote down the algorithm to explain how to solve it. He is very intelligent. Half the battle is being able to set up the problem in a way that he is familiar with. Once done, he tackles the whole problem straight on himself. He is very confident with the material we've worked on. I am currently looking for a worksheet for practice problems similar to the ones we worked on to email to him."
"We focused on the chain rule for the first half, and I threw the hardest problems from the book I could at the student and he fielded them brilliantly. No problems there. We did an exponential decay problem and while he had the formula, he couldn't figure out how to use it to fit the situation, so we covered where the formula for exponential decay came from and he understood. We finished with optimization and related rates, and he is getting better every time."
"Both sessions covered reviewing concepts on lines, slope, and slope-intercept equations. We covered the upcoming topic of solutions to two linear equations. We covered the new topic of scatter plots and best-fit lines. We worked on preparing the student for his unit 4 test. He is understanding the material better. I gave him pointers on how to watch for common mistakes with slope."
"The student and I worked on a final review for the term. We reviewed everything we had gone over in the past couple of months. We looked at system of equations and talked about various forms of quadratic equations, and what information each gives you at a glance, like how to convert from one form to another. We used the quadratic formula and talked about transformations: finding the parent function, describing the transformations, graphing the transformations."
"I am really noticing a big difference in this student overall. She is understanding the concepts she is learning very well. She seems to really get the math rules that she used to struggle with (things like multiplying and dividing negatives and fractions). When she does her homework, I have to correct her very little. At the end of our session we did a "pop" quiz and she did pretty well. Overall I am really seeing a difference in her mathematical fluency. Have a great week!"