Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today I worked with the student on Area and Perimeter. He really grasped this concept and understood it quickly. It's interesting to see how he takes standard formulas and tweaks them to his understanding."
"We worked on two of the student's review sheets that she said were difficult from her test that she had. We went over all the problems on both sheets and she seemed to get it down easier. They dealt with distributing and solving for x."
"The student has started on sequences. We worked through the basic definition of a sequence, how to calculate the Nth term of the sequence using recursive and explicit formulas, and linear models of population growth."
"The student had no homework this week, as he had just finished his science assessment test, so we took this opportunity to review what he had learned in class, involving angles. I showed him how to measure angles using a protractor that he holds himself, and also how to measure angles, like the ones on the sixth grade assessment test where the protractor is printed on the paper. These types of angles involve subtracting one ray from the other. We had a competition where we tried to get the biggest sum of angle measures in two minutes. This led to a discussion about how a circle is 360 and a line is 180. I also introduced him to the concept of algebra. I showed him how to solve simple one-step problems using the inverse operation. We spoke about how multiplication is represented by placing a variable and number next to each other. We also spoke about division being represented in the form of a fraction. He solved some of these equations. He seems to understand the concepts very well."
"The student and I worked on his math homework from both his algebra class and his online algebra 1 class. He was working on simplifying ratio expressions. He did well but still needs to be careful when he factors, especially with the signs (positive/negative) of the numbers in his factorizations. We also worked on his online work."
"This was the last session before the student's test. I tested her on all the concepts we've studied so far and she excelled in many of them. She was able to answer all of the multiplication problems quickly and correctly - she has definitely been practicing. She was also able to correctly compare fractions to see which is greater, and do the same for decimals - she is quite confident with these problems. Rounding, which we talked about last session, was still challenging for her, so we spent some time reviewing it. By the end of the session she was answering these types of questions easily, and I left her with some practice rounding questions to work on before the test. We also returned to our discussion of the division of fractions, which was the new concept we went over last week. As with rounding, she became more confident with the problems by the end of the session. Her skills have definitely improved in the last month or so, and she is a quick learner."
"We covered rational expressions, multiplication of rational expressions, division, proper way to simply polynomials, factorization, word problems involving factorization of areas, and perimeters. Also we reviewed domain, range, vertical and horizontal asymptotes as well as the proper way to analyze graphs. Student showed good understanding of the main concepts. Homework practice was assigned."
"We worked on reviewing word problems with multiple steps and area of rectangular prisms with many parts. These questions were directly from the practice test. The student did well with them, she knew the formulas by heart but had difficulty following all the mini questions within the word problem. After reviewing it with her, I reminded her she needs to label, highlight, underline, etc. so she knows which she needs to answer and check it off. I left several word problems with her for practice."
"The student and I began our session by practicing graphing systems of equations. She did very well with this as we worked through several problems. We then moved on to solving systems of equations using substitution. Our final topic for the session was solving systems using linear combination. She mentioned that her teacher moves quickly in class and her main problem is keeping up with the pace at which the information is presented. When we are able to move through the topics at a slower pace in our sessions she does very well with the concepts. I gave her a few additional linear combination problems from her class packet to complete on her own. I did not have any concerns with the session."
" -We did fourth grade math including multiple choice, word problems, fractions, line plotting, and short answers from a packet provided. -The students finished early because the packets provided were the same length as the ones we use for sessions half the time. I asked for any math games, preferably involving multiplication, because they need work with fundamentals. One of the staff members brought me a multiplication bingo game. -The students enjoyed the game and hardly realized that they were working on their multiplication tables. -No extra work was given"
"The student has extensive worksheet packets for her math class that cover material from the whole year. Since this is great review for the state exam, we spent our time working on problems from here. We went over the substitution method to solve a linear system, as well as other material involving algebra. I still caught a few arithmetical errors and reminded her to keep checking her work."
"We reviewed the permutations and combinations that we had done last week. We then worked on volume of cylinders and reviewed surface area. We worked on making box and whisker plots and the current assignment she had in math. We talked a little about how she was feeling and she says she is feeling more confident. She should hear about the test results this week. Her mother and I will talk then."