Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the student on the math concepts that he has worked on up to this point in the semester in preparation of his midterm on Friday."
"Today, the student and I covered stem and leaf plots. We reviewed 2, 3, and 4 times tables, as well as basic addition and subtraction."
"In our session today, the student and I worked on multiplication. She had no assignments or homework to complete. To work on her multiplication skills, we started off by completing a multiplication table. She was able to do this in much less time than in our previous session. We then looked at some tips and tricks that I had compiled about how to memorize different multiplication rules, such as using your fingers for 9s. We then used those rules in a math game, in which we played the normal game of war but she had to correctly multiply the two numbers on the cards in order to keep them. She completed a worksheet of 30 multiplication facts, and then was able to fill out another worksheet in which she needed to correct a pretend student's mistakes using multiplication. She enjoyed all of these games. Lastly, we did a few multiple choice questions and ended with flash cards. I will plan on using techniques such as these games again in the future with her."
"We continued the review for the student's test tomorrow. We spent quite a bit of time on quadratic equations. We discussed techniques for factoring quadratic equations and did several practice problems. I gave her some test taking tips for dealing with quadratic questions quickly and efficiently. Next we discussed cubic functions and two methods for factoring cubic polynomials, factor by grouping and polynomial division. We reviewed a recent quiz that she took. She did fairly well on the quiz and understood where she had made mistakes. One problem that she missed points on was on solving a sinusoidal function for a generic solution, so we reviewed that topic. She knew a specific solution, but she did know how to turn it into a general solution, so we discussed what that means and what it looks like in relation to trigonometric functions. Finally, we discussed any remaining concerns she had about tomorrow's test and I gave her some test taking tips."
"In this session, the student tackled another math assignment she received from school. This algebra assignment focused on the properties of powers - distribution, division, addition, etc. I realized that she has some fundamental misunderstanding of the concepts, so we dealt with that first. Then she moved on to the assignment. I even gave her a few of my own problems that cover the concepts to better engage her. I also advised her to make the formula sheet as soon as possible, as we would be building on the concepts we've learned."
"The student and I worked on multiplication of fractions. I provided her with a handout on a simple way to remember the steps in multiplying fractions and the process of converting a mixed number to an improper fraction. One strategy that proved to be helpful was to rewrite the problems on graph paper, convert all the mixed numbers first then solve the problem. She knows her multiplication tables with almost 100% accuracy. We were able to complete the page of multiplying of fractions and moved on to dividing of fractions."