Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over homework problems that she was struggling with. We reviewed her science homework. Then we started working on her math project. Her report card showed improvement."
"We spent the first 15 minutes reviewing the student's history review packet because she has a test this Friday. I quizzed her on general concepts and she explained to me what she knew and we filled in any gaps in knowledge. She is going to review the packet and I will quiz her again when we meet later this week. We then spent about 25 minutes reviewing math. She had a quiz last week and said she did not do very well. She has the opportunity to retake the quiz this Tuesday and plans on doing so. We went over her math review packet and she understood everything. We then went over practice problems I created. She nailed the distributive property problems but had a little bit of trouble with writing an expression for the perimeter of different shapes. We spent extra time reviewing this and did several practice problems to calculate the perimeter of triangles, squares and rectangles. Once she felt comfortable with what will be on her math quiz, we shifted gears to Spanish and specifically went over indirect object pronouns."
"Today we continued to review adding and subtracting integers, and we also looked at multiplication and division. I had them do several practice problems, multiplying positive and negative numbers, and helped clarify when the answer would be positive or negative. After doing a lot of practice, the students felt more confident about doing these types of problems. I had them finish up by doing some long division practice to review. They both remembered the basics of long division, but one of them needed a little help at first to remember where to start."
"Today we went through the student's questions regarding her homework in her chapter dealing with polynomials and factoring. Generally she seems to be doing better with the concepts and working through the problems. Many of her questions were just regarding wordings or from minor math errors. We talked through factoring when there is a leading negative and I was able to clear up for her that when it says to factor the negative GCF that the value you factor out will in the end be negative. I also reiterated with her the need to double check an answer and make sure she is fully factoring (i.e., you may have to factor more than once). She was confused with what was meant by special product rules. We were able to clear that up. I suggested to her to make a sheet that has all of the rules she is learning so that she can see everything in one location and be able to study it easier. She seems to be making progress with working through these type of questions."
"During Saturday's session, the student and I spent most of the time discussing topics that will appear on his upcoming quiz. Topics to be covered on his upcoming quiz include: the general formula for the area of a triangle, Hero's formula for computing triangle areas, the law of cosines, and the law of sines. Since he was unsure as to whether he would be provided this list of formulas, we spent some time reviewing each of the formulas and determining when it was appropriate to use them. He had been working on a derivation of Hero's formula, but was unable to complete it. After rewording some of the directions for the derivation, he and I were able to completely derive Hero's formula from the formula for the area of a triangle and some key trigonometric identities. After finishing the derivation, he and I spent most of the remaining time solving practice problems involving the use of the law of sines. The ambiguous case that stems from the use of the law of sines is one of the trickier topics to be covered on his quiz, so we worked through quite a bit these types of problems. It seemed that he was pretty comfortable with applying the formulas of the chapter by our session's end. For extra practice, I provided a website with a number of practice problems with varying levels of difficulty."
"Met with the student from 12:05 pm to 2:17 pm. Went over homework problems. Helped her download and use FreeMat, a matlab like package, and use it to perform complex calculations (Combinations and factorials). Reviewed homework to help her solve the Basketball problem and the expectations of 3x^3+5. I am very impressed with her thought process. She's collaborating, attentive, and eager to learn new things. Kudos."