Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we went through textbook problems. The student's teacher most recently revisited square roots in class, so we started with a review on how to work with radicals. We also reviewed the new material he recently covered on quadratic equations, as these topics will likely be on his next test after break."
"Today, we focused on preparing the student for her next few lessons in Math. These focused on exponents, solving square roots with different indices, simplifying math expressions with various square root indices, and how to rationalize fractions with a square root (and varying indices) in the denominator. It was a lot of material for the student to digest all at once, but she did well, especially considering this was her very first exposure to the topics. Whenever she mastered a topic, we quickly moved on. I taught her two very different ways to approach the problems; one way confused her a bit, but the other approach seemed very natural for her. I think she is very well prepared for the next week or so in math. These topics are consistently very difficult for students, and the fact that she was able to understand and properly solve the harder problems is promising."
"We began with a review of multiplication tables for 1-12 since the student said she had trouble remembering that. Then we reviewed greatest common factors and least common multiples, and did practice problems on both. Next we reviewed how to add fractions and subtract fractions, and did practice problems. She struggled with finding LCMs for higher numbers, which carried over into fractions, so I left her with some extra problems (and the answer key) to do on her own."
"We covered exponents and exponent rules, radicals, solving radical equations, and simplifying radicals. The student had some trouble understanding radicals in the context of exponent rules, but after some time, he made progress and was more comfortable with the concept. He had a good attitude, as usual."
"We went over the homework I gave the student. He did a good job applying the strategies and got most of the answers right. We went over the few that he had trouble with and discussed the correct approach. We then went over the basic principles of SSAT geometry problems, and I gave him notes to study. After the session, I packaged up a large number of SSAT-style geometry problem worksheets and sent him a link to them to print out for practice."
"Today, we went over u-substitution integration. After explanation, the student improved and understood the general concept. He needs a little review with differentiating and integrating (these are two inverses processes--one undoes the other)--the building blocks of calculus. With a little review, he will be able to get most of the problems effortlessly next time."