Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we continued working practice problems. Again, the student is quite good at working most problems, so I am spending most of my time guiding him through the more difficult problems and trying to demonstrate alternate methods and techniques to eliminate answers. I am not concerned that he will do well on the test, but because he is already so proficient we are working towards a difference of maybe 2 or 3 questions at most, so progress is very slow and steady."
"The student and I continued work in her math packet. We reviewed the 100s chart to practice counting by twos (evens), as well as fives and tens. We then applied this to counting coins and times on a clock. She was able to count coins with ease if they were all the same coin. We spent the last 20 minutes practicing reading aloud. She did very well with the Junie B Jones book and was able to comprehend what she was reading."
"Today, the student and I worked on finding the least common multiple and discussed the difference between factors and multiples. We also worked online. We also spent some time doing English - particularly compound subjects. He did very well with this and caught on very quickly, easily identifying subjects, verbs, and connecting words."
"We finished the second half of an assignment that is due next week. The student seemed to understand most of the assignment, but there were some new concepts that I introduced that he will hopefully learn about once his class begins. I have no concerns from the session."
"We worked through the problems on his test review from class. He was doing a better job with the conversion and equation problems. There were some difficult problems where you had to set up a long equation and solve and after a few examples he got it. I left him with some extra problems to do before his test."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed the mean, median, mode homework I left him with. He seemed to grasp the concept really well. We then moved on to learning how to find the perimeter and area of squares, rectangles, and triangles. After doing a couple of examples, he understood it and was able to do some problems on his own. I left him with a homework assignment on perimeter and area. He also has to re-copy his notes neatly."
"We went through the manipulation of graphs, conic sections, inequalities and absolute value. She made great progress on plotting equations, specifically in conic sections. She is still struggling with simple algebraic operations including rules of exponents, so I sent her some extra practice worksheets to review for next time."
"Today was my first session with the student. We spent some time talking about her interests generally, as well as likes and dislikes when it comes to math and school. We reviewed some of her work from the end of 4th grade, and I conducted some general assessments. She does well on written multiplication tests, but she is not confident in reciting her multiplication tables aloud. She also lacks confidence in division. We will focus on getting her up to speed on multiplication and division."
"Today the student and I worked with adding fractions, both with like and with non-like denominators. The student did a good job with adding fractions of like denominators, even reducing the fractions and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers well. The non-like denominators were a little bit trickier, but having several examples of having to convert the denominators of the fractions to a common one seemed to make it a little bit clearer for her. The numerous practice problems did seem to help clear her understanding of converting fraction denominators, and practice problems will probably continue to be good for her in the future."
"The student and I started working on systems of equations. Then we worked on sine, cosine, and tangent."
"Since the student has returned to school, we have been working on his homework and reviewing concepts that were covered that day. We worked on solving two step equations, graphing a line by looking at an equation in slope intercept form, and finding the slope given two points. The student did show some concern about an upcoming quiz covering compounded inequalities. We did review them, and we tried to come up with strategies on how to approach his quiz."
"We reviewed positive and negative integer combinations using number lines and graphs. Then I introduced him to coordinate geometry, using quadrangles and triangles. Then I introduced the commutative, associative and distributive properties and worked on the computer for practice. He did very, very well today."