Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Worked on addition and subtraction by 3. Talked about ways to add tougher numbers in our heads by relating to similar numbers that are easier to work with. Introduced Ice Math Ninja."
"Today, the student and I finished up her review packet for math. The student really enjoyed one of the exercises, which presented a square broken up into quarters, with each quarter broken up in various ways, and made us identify the fractional value of labelled pieces in respect to the entire shape. We discussed strategies to approach problems like this, but the student did a good job figuring out which ways to break up the shape, and she did a good job setting up her equations as well. We read each one aloud, making sure that we emphasized that the smaller pieces within the quarters were still "1/2 of 1/4" in relation to the whole shape, for example. We also did some word problems, which the student did well with. I left her with a sheet of reminders for functions using fractions."
"The student is currently working on solving percent problems. We covered in our session how to convert a percent to a decimal and decimal to percent using two methods: 1) First moving the decimal place, and then 2) using fractions to represent/solve for percents (e.g. to convert 30% to decimal divide 30% by 100% (make a fraction)) We worked through her previous homework problems together. The student is solid at converting decimals to percents. We also avoided using a calculator and did all the problems using long multiplication so that the student could practice her times tables while doing her homework."
"We finished chapter 1 in the textbook by illustrating line segment and angle bisectors and how to construct them using a compass, defining angle pair relations (vertical, linear pairs, complementary, supplementary angles), and reviewing the formulas and definitions of perimeter, area, and circumference. The student demonstrated he understood the concepts covered during the lesson by completing practice problems. We also discussed the type of questions teachers and standardized tests will use relating to the material as we covered it. I have assigned him a chapter test to complete before the next session to make sure that he is clear on what we have covered so far before we move on to chapter 2 next lesson."
"This was my first session with the student and it went pretty well. He will have to retake algebra sometime next year and he wants to go back over it before then so that he will be able to get a better grade. We covered a lot of material because the student actually remembered how to do quite a bit of it. We went over the 3 ways to solve systems of equations (graphing, substitution, and elimination), linear programming, and solving systems of inequalities. The next time we meet, we will go over all the material associated with matrices. For the last 20 minutes, we reviewed what he has started learning in chemistry. They are learning about concentration and molarity so we did several practice problems which the student did really well with. We will focus more on chemistry next time when he has more to work on but since they just had a test there just wasn't as much material to cover."
"Today, the student and I reviewed for his upcoming test on logarithms and exponential growth/decay. He actually took the "no calculator" portion of his test today in school and is taking the "with calculator" section tomorrow, so we met to prepare for this. He had review sheets given to him by his teacher, and we did many problems involving solving logs. He was pretty shaky at first and hesitated, but he quickly improved as we practiced. We worked on a white board at the library and I was able to make extra sample problems to drive home certain concepts. Overall, the student improved drastically in his knowledge of the properties of logs. We then practiced exponential growth/decay. He was more comfortable with this material right away than he was with logs, but we reviewed the equations and variables, which served as a useful refresher for the student. All in all, this session served as a very useful refresher for his test, and he responded very positively to our practice."