Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we reviewed subtraction of 4-digit numbers with borrowing, area and perimeter of rectangle word problems and converting decimals to fractions."
"The student has a Math test the day after our session so we spent the majority of our time reviewing for that test. The concept that we focused on the most was subtracting integers. The student's teacher provided a unit review that the student worked through on her own and then we corrected together. I showed her where she made errors in working through the properties and she seemed to understand."
"During this session, the student and I prepared for part two of her math test this Wednesday. We covered prime numbers, greatest common factor, least common multiple, square numbers, rounding, and patterns of ten. She had been experiencing some confusion with rounding because she wasn't really understanding the idea of estimation. After giving her some real life scenarios she seemed to have a much better understanding of what estimation really is. We went over some strategies for finding all of the factors, including recognizing square numbers. As far as decimal multiplication and division with powers of ten, we practiced lots of examples, especially those where she had to add a decimal point to multiply (e.g. knowing that 561 x 100 is the same as 561.00 x 100 when you move the decimal). By the end, she was much more confident with this sort of multiplication, knowing which direction to move the decimal and by how many places."
"Today, we reviewed all of chapter 5 since she has a test on that next Tuesday. The chapter deals with powers, radicals, and inverse functions. We went over the old material related to powers and radicals (simplifying, solving equations, graphing). We briefly reviewed the arithmetic rules for powers and radicals and then went over transformations of parent functions, in which it was important to remember the order of operations. Finally, the last two sections of the chapter dealt with inverse functions and manipulating functions, respectively. She is very good as using inverse functions. We then went on to manipulating functions (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and composite). Most of it was very straightforward. She understood that very well and demonstrated a proficiency in working through those problems. We went over the rules of how there cannot be a negative inside an even root, and the denominator cannot be equal to 0, however, for odd roots, there are no restrictions."
"We covered the sampling distribution; central limit theorem; law of large numbers; determining probabilities of selecting samples. The student had a very positive attitude. He demonstrated a sincere, serious desire to learn the material. He mentioned that he is not clear when the teacher is explaining concepts covered in class. He attempted to find problems that were posted by his teacher on the school website, but he was unable to log in. He will get those tomorrow, as well as the results of the quiz that he took today, and we will review all of that tomorrow evening. He actually had a pretty good grasp of the major concepts that we discussed. He would get tripped up by questions that really had no solutions because insufficient information was provided. He needs to improve at recognizing those kinds of problems. We did not discuss any specific study strategies or skills this evening. He was most interested in determining why he missed the problems that he struggled with on past quizzes."
"The student completed studying for her test on measurements. She reviewed additional math facts and learned strategies to help her master some of the more difficult ones."