Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered the basics of square roots - what they are, how to calculate. Talked about squaring and perfect squares and some tricks. Covered more advanced topics of factoring and simplifying square roots. Building on what we learned with practice problems, we moved on to the Pythagorean Theorem, where solid square root calculation methods are essential. Talked about right triangles. Covered the formula and the basic algebra used during calculations. For the other class, we covered graphing linear equations and quadratic equations using tables of values."
"Today we reviewed the student's past calculus exam and worked through all the questions again to make sure she understood the process in solving them and all the steps involved. We both worked through the problems together and we compared answers. We also began working on the student's homework assignment due this week. This session went well and I was able to get a general understanding of the student's struggles with the class and the way it is being taught, not the math concepts themselves. She is a bright girl and next week we are going to continue to work on her class problems and the conceptual aspects of calculus more than just working out problems."
"We worked on two step multiplying and dividing modeling problems. He has not been formally taught how to divide so I showed him the beginning understandings of dividing. Found a good math website that had similar problems to the homework that he was completing and we were able to work through the online problems together."
"Completed homework assignment of 34 math problems. Studied integers; graphing coordinate points; computations of positive and negative numbers; computing mean, median, and mode; exponents; and absolute values."
"The student reviewed and practiced using different strategies such as grouping when solving scientific notation problems. He was provided additional homework to reinforce his computation for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of scientific notation."
"The student has a test next week on matrices and simultaneous equations. We spent this session reviewing some old material as well as simultaneous equations with three variables. The simultaneous equations caused a little trouble so I will be bringing additional problems to our next session. He has additional problems in his book that I told him to work on."
"His class was learning about graphing functions by finding the intercepts, asymptotes, first derivative test (increasing/decreasing and extrema), and second derivative test (concavity and inflection points). We worked through one of these problems together, discussed the importance of the first derivative test and second derivative test, and practiced checking his answers on the graphing calculator. For our next session he will bring questions that he has trouble with while studying for his test."
"The student had been given three worksheets for homework (on categorizing Real Numbers). So we spent the majority of the session working through the remainder of those assignments. He did very well and got almost everything correct without assistance, and also asked some very thoughtful questions that demonstrated he really understands the topics well. He was also able to reproduce a diagram he had learned in class, which helped him when the questions asked him to provide a reasoning for his answer. I also checked the "homework" I gave him in the last session."
"In the first half of the session I challenged the student to match a set of addition/subtraction problems, all of which involved carrying or borrowing a number, to a set of numbers written on paper. I covered the process for each problem more closely after examining the mismatched ones. For the remaining time, I gave a brief lesson of division problems and remainders, and gave visual help by drawing lots of socks"
"On our last session, the student and I kept on learning about how to do conversions from different units. Also, we covered the concepts on how to find volume and surface area of certain shapes. The student seemed comfortable with everything he had learned once we finished. He made a lot of improvement since we first started."
"The student and I worked on some of his past missing assignments in Math, completing two of them. One of them just had to be recorrected. We have a few more left for our next session on Monday. We also worked on rounding for his science class, an area he quickly figured out and did well on. As a whole, he did very well today on all concepts."
"Worked on selected problems in the first two chapters of the student's math workbook, focusing on place value, rounding, estimating, and multiplication of single-digit positive integers. Discussed problem-solving strategies, neatness, and key word recognition in word problems."