Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has been doing well on his daily practice assignments, but did not do as well on a recent test he took, so we spent the session practicing the two topics he said he missed the most questions on: order of operations, and operations with fractions. Throughout the session, I encouraged him to take his time, to write out his steps, and to explain his process as he was doing it. He was able to catch himself before making a couple of mistakes, and I helped to correct him on others. We also discussed different ways to solve the same problem, in order to emphasize reasoning skills and to help him see the mathematical relationships in the problems. For extra practice, I gave him two fraction questions in the test prep book."
"Today the student and I worked on his math homework. He is still working on multiplication of fractional numbers. We also worked on his reading homework. He was assigned five paragraphs to read and summarize."
"Worked with the student first on his homework, which dealt with numerical places (ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, etc.). He had absolutely no problem with it. We then moved on to review his basic arithmetic. The student struggles most with slowing down and making sure that 1) the problems are what he thinks they are (e.g. he reads it as an addition problem but it's subtraction or multiplication) and 2) when he's actually doing the problem, he's doing the math correctly (e.g. he'll have 3+9 and write "11" when he knows it's 12). He just works a little too fast. He also has a little more difficulty with division than with multiplication in that it just doesn't come as quickly, but that's to be expected at this age. Homemade flashcards could help here. Overall the student is totally fine in math, understands everything, and shouldn't be worried."
"I reviewed all the worksheets that the student worked on in class and for homework during the past week. Specifically, we worked on expressing large numbers in written format, the names of the decimal places to the left of the decimal point like the ones column, the tens column, the hundreds column, etc. and we learned how to determine whether one number is larger than, smaller than or equal to another number by comparing the digits in like number place columns."
"The student received an 80% on her homework packet over summer break, and is a little concerned about her upcoming Algebra 1 test this Monday. I reviewed all concepts and some selected practice problems from her textbook covering mathematical identities, properties of powers, and calculating surface areas. She seemed to remember how to work most problems out with a little prompting, and became more proficient at recognizing strategies towards the end of our session."
"The student and I met to help her prepare for a relatively large-scale math test. The material included everything she has learned about integer subtraction and fractions. She is good with fractions and had no issues with the multiplication and division problems that I made for her. The student still has some trouble with subtraction. She understands the concept and how to handle subtraction regardless of order or sign. We practiced until she was able to reorder and solve problems about 75% of the time. I have taught her many different methods to deconstruct problems to help her do things step by step."
"During this tutoring session, we: -reviewed the vertex vs. standard form of parabolic equations -reviewed how to test for 1-1 functions, using horizontal line and test for multiple x solutions for each f(x) value -introduced solving linear systems of equations, using linear combination and substitution -the student scored a B on her latest Unit Test and 100% on a quiz -I sent a follow-up e-mail after our tutoring session with more information to review 1-to-1-ness"
"The student and I reviewed previous math concepts, including ratios/proportions and the distributive property. We practiced percents and discussed the various ways to go about solving equations/word problems involving percents. We reviewed fraction to decimal conversions and practiced another 3 minute timed test, which she completed in 2 minutes. We also practiced a timed math fluency test with mixed skills for review calculation concepts and help her become more comfortable with timed tests."
"Worked on advanced factoring questions for the student's test. Handled the questions very well, but she needs to make sure she practices and understands which technique to use (substitution, square rooting both sides, etc...) before next week's test."
"This was the first session, so most of the time was spent going over expectations and setting a plan for future sessions. Since the student currently has a 100 in both classes, we will using the sessions to get ahead of the class, and go over the next day's lessons."
"Last Wednesday the student and I worked on his homework regarding the very beginning of functions. We used class activity as a base information to answer the questions and since we finished the homework early, I chose some exercises from the textbook and we went over those. I think the student did well, the points he showed confusion were expected given this is a completely new material, and as we worked through the problems he showed improvement and understanding."
"The student and I revisited logarithms and their relation to exponents. We also reviewed much of the material we've covered up to now to help her prepare for an upcoming series of quizzes. She understood the material well and we moved very smoothly through the topics."