Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over quadratic equations again. We started by once again modeling the equation with the table. She did this very quickly then tried solving using FOIL (which is a faster more mathematical method). The important task we had to accomplish today was working on these problems backwards. She did very well with this method. She needs a little more practice with the positive/negative pattern recognition, but with a little more exposure she will be a pro in no time."
"Today we worked on finding the domain and range of certain functions, finding the center and radius of a circle, and how to solve step functions. She said she has an exam on Monday, so we tried to focus on the rules for certain functions so it would become more clear. She seems to be doing very well and will be ready for the exam come Monday."
"We worked on geometric vocabulary. He seems to understand it even though he was introduced to some of the concepts for the first time today."
"The student has a test coming up that will cover congruence postulates and proofs. We spent the entire time reviewing how to approach a proof statement and what she needs to draw from the pictures. I made her some flashcards and gave her a test to see how far she had come. There were tough ideas in the questions so I expected her to need help. I think her grasp grew significantly."
"Today was my first tutoring session with this student. I had already familiarized myself with some of his work previous to our session so no time was taken for a diagnostic assessment. He seems to have a proclivity towards math. Despite a few misconceptions he had regarding the material, we were able to make steady and effective progress through monomial expressions. We covered the laws of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing like variables with exponents. Additionally, we touched on such issues as converting word problems to mathematical models and the reverse. He had an excellent attitude and seemed to be attentive throughout essentially the entire session. In fact, he made such good progress today that, with the exception of a quick review, we will probably move directly into manipulating binomials and using scientific notation in the next session. He was a model student during today's session, and I am now confident that, with a bit of work, he will begin to master the concepts of middle school math and do so at a rate that puts him far ahead of his class schedule."
"Today, the student worked on his math homework. The most recent concepts that he worked on were area, perimeter, and exponents. Most of the homework came from earlier chapters, so there were problems that had to do with solving for the unknown number, adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions, and word problems. He did better with solving for unknown numbers - he was much quicker at knowing which operation to use to solve the problems. On his most recent test, he got an 82, which is an improvement from his last score."