Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed many different topics today because the student didn't have homework. We started with simplifying fractions, and making sure that the fractions got reduced all of the way. He had a break through with his division facts once I showed him the relationship division has with multiplication. He knows his multiplication facts very well so we just practiced working backwards to solve the division problems. We also worked on creating input output tables based on an equation and given values for x. He didn't understand the concept to start with, but after some practice problems, was beginning to get the hang of it."
"The student and I discussed what she believes is her most troublesome part of math...fractions. We went over some basic concepts like multiplication facts, and factoring numbers using prime factorization. She has a delightful "can do" attitude. I encouraged her to not guess at her answers, but to "do" the math. Her teacher has given her many "extra credit" sheets. We completed three of these plus her current night's homework. I asked her to work on her multiplication facts."
"I covered the review packet of Unit 4 provided by her school teacher with following concepts: 1). Properties of Dilation. 2). Constructing Dilation. 3). Similarity. 4). Similarity and Triangles. 5). Solving Proportions involving similar figures. Student needed help in setting up ratios for solving proportions involving similar figures."
"Today we worked on homework on the Pythagorean Theorem. The student has a good understanding of the basic procedure, but needed some additional prompting to see how to apply the theorem to different situations. He did a great job of referencing previous class notes and examples to help himself! The student struggled more with the basic algorithm, in part I believe due the fact that it is relatively new material and also because he tends to rush through his process. However, he was able to clearly see a lot of the connections in the applied problems and set them up correctly. He is also continuing to improve on showing his work and staying neat and organized."
"The student is studying for a math test this coming Wednesday. We spent this session reviewing how to with ratios and similar shapes to find perimeter and area. She also enjoyed working with the white board and did well on her assignment. Tomorrow, we will review any areas she needs support in and will continue working on practice problems. The student did a nice job today and understands the concept of working with ratios and similar geometric shapes."
"The student and I primarily discussed the importance of showing work (his main and essentially only problem) and why teachers ask for it. Since he has an upcoming test in L'Hopital's rule this week, we did a few practice problems and I pointed out how he could better show his work. He has a good grasp on the concept so there wasn't much need to teach him anything. I asked him if the material he was learning in class was hard and he said "No", so I suggested that he could look at competition level math problems + solutions so that he could gain another perspective on how to show work. This is a relatively unique problem, so hopefully it won't take too long to find a solution that works. I don't expect there to be much (if any) trouble from the subject matter, so there should be plenty of time to do so."