Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went through her homework in factoring quadratic polynomials, and utilizing the factorization of quadratic polynomials to apply the zero product property and solve for a variable. We worked through her process of checking for the factorization of the polynomial, and quickly verifying whether or not the trial worked. She became adept at a technique and was finding the correct factorization slightly faster with each problem. After some inquisitive reminders, she demonstrated the understanding of how to apply the zero product property after factoring to solve for the variable."
"We went over logarithmic differentiation. This brought back earlier information regarding derivatives so it was easy for the student to adjust."
"Today the student and I worked on his math, science, and writing homework. He had his math mostly done by the time I arrived and did really well on the problems. Only two out of all 20 questions were incorrect. We also started on his science project. He found some good research on the extinct animal he is reporting on and with a little help will have a great project and have it done early. I left him on his own to complete his reading and writing homework."
"We covered finding the perfect square root. Then we moved on to doing algebra with unknown variables. Finding unknown variables is challenge but the student is very open to the challenge."
"The student completed addition and subtraction problems in the workbook provided by the family. As he calculated I asked him to explain his thinking. This helped me identify which strategies he uses to solve. It appears he is using the making 10 idea when adding and subtracting. We also worked on reading word problems and modeling examples so that he could write his own on the whiteboard. Lastly we discussed the clock, how to read it, and word problems involving the clock. He read for 5 minutes half way through the session. He is a very fluent reader and also uses context cues and pictures to help him decode words. He was very excited to show me what he knows about math. He also expressed some of his difficulty with sitting still for a long period of time. Playing games with the material and incorporating reading into math seem to be good engagement tactics for keeping him on task."
"We worked on the student's math practice in his textbook. The skills included adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing rational numbers (fractions). We reviewed reciprocals and applied this to the dividing of fractions. We began with simple fractions problems and worked up to more complex problems that required applying order of operation to solve. He has a good grasp of the rules of operation and does a great job of applying these rules to his problem solving. He needs to keep practicing computation with fractions to gain confidence. He needs prompting to remember the rules for each operation. We worked through all the steps and he started to keep a notebook with the problems we have worked on. As discussed at the end of this tutoring session I will bring some extra practice for him concentrating on the computation of fractions to our next tutoring session."