Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met for the first time and worked through some of the early homework in her math course. It seems that her coursework will be fairly comprehensive, which means that this early material is fairly straightforward. She will need the most help when we start discussing calculus concepts. She is a sharp student and has a solid math foundation."
"We worked on math and reading today. The student did math problems involving converting fractions, percentages and decimal numbers and graphing quadrilaterals. He also read more of "Dead End in Norvelt" and took some notes to help with his writing assignment."
"The student and I worked on rationalizing the denominator of square root functions, factoring square root functions, and condensing square and cube root functions. She is doing very well, and catches on very quickly. I am very impressed with how fast she caught on to condensing cube root functions, they can be somewhat challenging at times."
"The student and I worked on adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions this session. She breezed through adding and subtracting fractions, and only needed minimal instruction with multiplying and dividing. We moved on to algebra from there, working with single variable problems. I made up small word problems and she did very well. Next session we will move on to more difficult single step algebra problems."
"Since the student just started school and has not received her math book yet, we have been reviewing topics she covered in 5th grade as a review. Today, we worked on adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing fractions and decimals. She also has a website to work on more practice problems independently."
"The student scored a 98 on her most recent quiz, which was a huge improvement. We worked on special derivative cases and some upcoming rules for next session."
"Reviewed all of our topics from his last class: graphing, asymptotes, logs, e/ln, polynomial long division, factoring."
"Today we access the student's previous performance and established goals for the Semester. He is hoping for a strong pass in his Algebra and Physics Course. Today we review how to work equations in order to isolate a variable including addition/subtraction, Multiplication/division, exponents, and parenthesis; including appropriate orders of operation. We reviewed his Algebra II homework and his Physics' Algebra pretest in preparation for his first Physics Test."
"Today we went through her homework on section 2.4 which covered factoring and the quadratic equation. She did well on all of these problems. We also reviewed some formulas for her quiz tomorrow and started working on imaginary numbers, which were easy for her to deal with."
"The student and I discussed the topics covered thus far in her math class. We used the learning tools to practice problems with multiplication/division of fractions and decimals. We also discussed her math project and added some information to it. As the student has a good grasp of basic mathematical skills, we will plan to focus our time on understanding math concepts and working on applied problems."
"As this was potentially our last session, I wanted to leave the student feeling confident about all the new material he would learn. Given that he is taking both Physics and Geometry, I thought it would be appropriate to go over trigonometric ratios, which we explored about a month ago. First we talked about what situations would be appropriate for using trig ratios (projectile motion, solving angles, etc.) and why these ratios work so well with Pythagoras theorem. The rest of the session we spent solving triangles, many times doing each side/angle multiple ways to show how interconnect/versatile the material is."
"We started off the session by editing the essay she had been working on for a couple weeks now. There was significant improvement, mainly in grammar and sentence structure. After quickly going over the essay, we practiced math. The math practice mainly involved long (3 or 4 digit) problems of addition, subtraction, and multiplication, and short/beginner-level division. Because of the focus on math this session, the student's homework is to focus on 5 vocabulary words and their spellings, which I've provided for her. In addition, she has to read a small article/short story/part of a novel, and tell me all about it next week."