Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over his final review packet, which included probability, binomial multiplication (FOIL), exponent algebra, logarithms, graphical representation of polynomials, geometric and algebraic series, solving systems of independent linear equations, combinations and permutations. I saw no grades to dictate progress, but he seems to be more confident with the material. Factoring and polynomial long division seems to be a little difficult for him. I told him to look over factoring and polynomial long division before the test in order to be fully prepared. No real concerns, I think he will do well on the test as long as he focuses and brushes up on the two problem areas."
"The student continues to do well. He is now working with multiplication properties of exponents. We went over a few sheets he did in class and then he completed his homework. When going over some of the basic rules he realized some of the things he was doing wrong in class this past year and now knows how to do them correctly. We will meet again tomorrow."
"The student and I reviewed the concepts involving fractions. He still had trouble with adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, so we practiced finding common denominators. We talked about using cross multiplication to find equivalent fractions and solve problems involving proportions. We also talked about percentages and how they relate to decimals and fractions. Finally, we reviewed the basic principles behind positive and negative integers and exponents. He seemed to understand most of it, but I will send him some practice problems for him to do before we meet next session and break into actual algebra concepts."
"We went through the rate problems on the HW set, where the student got used to writing out the units and the work for each step of the way. After doing a handful more of rate and ratio problems, we worked on the concept of mean vs median. He had a little difficulty dealing with the interactive portion of it (visualizing how the median functions), but with practice when he returns, he should have the idea down pat."
"Today we went over some geometry review from last year. I brought some worksheets for her to work on over the week. I also assigned her some pre-algebra problems to review concepts we've gone over this summer."
"We started with a warm-up of 5 questions to review 3rd grade Math. There was one word problem so I asked the student to identify the key words in the problem that are clues for solving it. We reviewed order of operations and did a long division worksheet. She still needs reminders while doing the steps in long division and I am encouraging her to use mental Math. We did word problems that required both multiplication and division and she did very well. I showed her how drawings a picture can help set up solving word problems. I had her recite her 4's and 5's for her multiplication tables."
"During this session, we went over the problems he had with 1.1 which weren't too many, and we also started lesson 1.2. The student is having trouble with isolating a variable from an equation with multiple variables so we went over a bunch of examples and then continued on with the rest of the lesson, going over rate equations, interest equations and multiple integer equations"
"The first student and I continued to work on fraction arithmetic (addition, subtraction), converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers. His homework is to finish the 50 problem sheet from our last session. The second student and I worked on several topics including solving proportions, solving multi-step equations, and continued practice in fraction arithmetic. She correctly answered the majority of her homework problems and I believe that she has a clear process for answer the problems that she will encounter."
"During this session, we reviewed basic math concepts required in 8th grade and for the placement test. The student had done some practice problems and we started by addressing those questions that she was not sure how to answer. Most of these questions dealt with percent, probability, and algebra concepts that she hasn't covered yet in class. We also talked about how to best approach the problem to reduce the time needed to answer each question. In addition, we reviewed geometry and she has 40 or so practice problems to work on before meeting next."
"The student and I continued looking at the gradient, how its related to the rate of change of a functions, how the gradient directional vector is in the direction of greatest change of the function, how to write an equation for a plane at a point using the gradient, and linear approximations."
"The student and I started working on solving 3 variable equations using elimination. It was his first time being introduced to this so it was taking him some time to finish the problems. In the end he did understand but he just needs more practice with these problems. He will continue to work on problems when I return next week."
"Today we focused on addition/subtraction/multiplication/division at the fifth grade level. This includes larger numbers. We also went through number places and began to do simple decimal addition. The goal is to make sure the student is feeling confident with what she has learned to this point. We did a series of worksheets and played two online games. Our next step is to move into other topics with which she should be familiar, fractions, decimals, and basic geometry are next on the list."