Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In Math, the student worked on converting length measurements, including inches, feet, yards, and miles, from one measure to another. We also measured things around the house to get a better sense of what exactly inches, feet and yards look like. We then read a story from his book, and he completed writing the story he began in our last session. Next time we will begin the editing process."
"The student and I worked on single step algebra problems this session. She struggled a bit when negative numbers came into play, as well as when a number and a variable next to each other meant multiplication. Overall, she improved with practice; she worked hard and did well. Next time we will review and work on some related word problems."
"Today the student and I completed her world history study guide as well as further worked on her online packet for her math class. The student did very well with the math problems, working them more rapidly and with more confidence than she had in the past."
"The student and I completed current homework and then reviewed old homework in order to review for his quiz the next day. He has a good understanding of the order of operations. The only thing I needed to remind him was the order of addition and subtraction, when they are next to one another, as well as multiplication and division. We then reviewed basic definitions of the groups of real numbers. Lastly, we discussed the basic properties of algebra. We review the difference between the inverse laws for addition and multiplication and the identity laws for addition and multiplication. We also worked some examples to demonstrate the key differences between the associative, commutative, and distributive properties."
"The student and I reviewed fractions, inequalities and 2 step equations. Near the end of the session we played review games online and challenged each other."
"The student and I worked on some of his geometry homework to help him get some of his questions worked out. Then we continued to work through the 'final' that I made for him last week. This packet goes through all of the important material for Algebra. He still has about 10 questions left to work on. He committed to finishing the packet before our next meeting so we can review it and answer any questions he has."
"This session was mostly planning for the rest of the semester. We discussed the problems that the student has had in the past and what we would like to work on to help his performance in his Algebra course. Hopefully the study habits we are focusing on will also carry over into his other classes."
"We talked about the student's current curriculum now that school has started and went over the material from her first week. We practiced working with congruent and similar shapes and converting sidelengths by using a scale factor. We also worked backwards to find the scale factor by using the original and new sidelengths. We practiced using problems in the student's workbook and practice problems provided by the tutor."
"Reviewed notes to prepare for second day of testing. Increasing and decreasing functions, interval notation, graphing transformations, even and odd functions."
"The student computes very well, but sometimes has issues with problem solving strategies. We did several word problems. For the short run, we will focus on using a select few problem solving strategies. For the long run, I would recommend that the student do reading comprehension practice as well."
"I first reviewed the student's homework; all the problems with fractions, decimals, and word problems were correct. She found some of the geometry problems challenging so we worked through them together and spent the rest of the session expanding our geometry knowledge to include congruent, complementary, and supplementary angles, area of triangles and special triangles. I gave the student 15 homework problems covering perimeter, area, volume, and angles of quadrilaterals, triangles, and circles. I'm going to give the student an abbreviated version of a pre-algebra exam to assess everything she's learned to date. I think she's going to do great."
"During the first meeting with the student and her family, we spent most of the time either setting up what we expected from the ongoing tutoring and then working on her first week of Geometry review homework. The first half was a review sheet that she had mostly completed herself and required just a few problems for me to review and ask her to double check them and explain how she got her answers. The second half involved working mapping out 3D shapes and using tiny blocks glued together. This took a bit longer than I expected due to the need to go back and redraw the original shape and then color code it so it would be easier for Emily to visualize. However all of her homework was completed before I left and we also discussed for a few minutes test prep."