Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on function notation, including writing functions from word problems and answering questions about them. Questions involved problems related to area and length, specifically, writing a function to represent them and determining the domain and range."
"The student and I went over her homework and notes from section 3.1 of her textbook. This material centered around solving quadratic equations (finding x-intercepts). She had a strong grasp of processes for solving most of the problems despite the section only having been partially covered in class at the time of the session. Though the primary method for solving most of these problems (using the quadratic formula) was not present in the examples in the book, she was already familiar with the strategy so she went through her homework and she utilized it to solve most of the problems. I can tell there is still a degree of review that needs to be emphasized in her studies because she obviously is familiar with the material, however small basic details sometimes escape her. It's really just a matter of repetition and exposure. Though she is familiar with the strategies, the reasoning behind why they are applicable in a particular situation was not as obvious to her. Being able to solve an equation is great, but knowing what you're looking for, what that thing actually means in simple terms, and why it's important helps students retain the information better and know how to apply it in higher levels of math. We spent a fair amount of time clarifying some of the translations of mathematical terms into practical ones, and her understanding of those concepts seems to be making a difference in how she approaches the problems. As it stands, she seems to be ahead of the material and has a solid understanding of the problems she tackled during our session."
"My first session with the student was great, and we managed to cover every topic on her quiz. She's a bright student who just needs the right guidance to fully understand the concepts she is seeing in class. Her attitude was very positive and outgoing. She wasn't afraid to ask questions and challenge herself, in particular when it came to identifying the graphs of e and ln. I am confident that with sufficient tutoring, she can excel in the class. She got a 90 on her first quiz. After the upcoming quiz, I will get a better sense of how she performs under pressure."
"Since this was my first fall session with the student, I wanted to see what progress he made this summer, so we covered several concepts. We began with a five minute times tables quiz. He did better when I had him take the version of the times tables quiz that was not timed. We will continue to work on these. We also covered long multiplication which he completely understands but only struggles because he does not have his times tables completely memorized. We also covered long division which he understands and was able to better recall when we brought back our "Daniel, Momo, Super, Bumblebee" aka DMSB (Division, Multiplication, Subtraction, Bring it down) loop. We practiced adding & subtracting mixed fractions, and then we dived into decimals which guided him on his homework. We reviewed place value and he expressed that he would like more help with understanding decimals in our next session. He has made so much progress, and I am so excited to be working with him again! He is comfortable, focused, and willing to learn."
"The student and I went over a test that covered fractions and decimals. We reviewed and worked out each problem that he didn't get correct on the test. I gave lots of homework pages, two online games and requested daily half-hour multiplication drills. He is brilliant and skipped ahead in the classroom packet and with only a few hiccups, he is showing great skills. I'm truly excited to be working with him again. Once he gets the multiplication tables down he will struggle less and less."
"We went over finding the greatest common factor, simplifying expressions with exponents, and simplifying expressions with fractions. The student took an extra-credit quiz and scored 80%. She could have gotten 100% but she added a number that she should have subtracted. She has an excellent grasp on the material and understood most concepts immediately."