Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session with the student, we worked through his current homework assignment covering arithmetic and geometric sequences. After a quick review of the basic formulas to determine a sequence from a list of terms, he was able to churn through most of the problems with little difficulty. I was able to show him a couple quick workarounds that might help working these problems a little faster. The most difficulty came in deciphering the notation form sums of sequences in terms that the student was used to. However, once explained, these also were dispatched quickly. With some extra time at the end of the assignment, we finished up a few physics problems on harmonic oscillation and determining the period."
"The student and I went over the entire chapter 2 on functions (2.1 through 2.8). He practiced a few problems in section 2.1. The student is quite a fast learner, so he grasped the concept fairly quickly. He said he did well on his first test and feels very confident in his overall math abilities. He did say that he wanted to work on memorizing math formulas, so we will go over some strategies using flash cards during the next session."
"This session we worked on translations of shapes. Translations include shifting a shape on a axes, flipping shapes over a axes, rotating shapes certain amount of degrees about an axes. The student again took great notes so we were able to extract the needed info to attempt his homework. I also included some additional methods that I know from several math classes I have taken over the years. Again he had little difficulty with doing the assigned homework. I feel that he is in a good groove now, and I have focused most my energy on how to prepare him for tests i.e. creating good notes, studying key concepts etc. His last quiz he got a 29/30. The one point he missed we went over. I rewrote the same problem and had him solve it. He was able to set up the problem and solve it with no problems the second time around. I doubt he will make the same mistake again in the future. I look forward to the next session!"
"We worked more on skip counting. I had the student continue to color a hundreds chart using different patterns for each skip. I did notice that she was being careful with her skip counting! That was very exciting. Secondly, she noticed that when patterns overlapped, that it meant the number was divisible by those numbers. For example, when she saw a green star (counting by 5) and an orange box (counting by 6) on the number 30, she knew that 5 and 6 both go into 30. I left her was a multiplication packet that we started to use last session. It is extremely helpful with practicing multiplication basic facts. I believe this was our last session. But it was great!"
"We had a two-hour session today, and most of our time was spent focused on math. Because we met earlier that week, I decided it best to review and enhance the skills we already worked on: ordering numbers and basic multiplication. The student was able to answer every question correctly after I corrected him once. We then worked on some three-by-one digit multiplication. He was extremely diligent in using his math knowledge to work towards the correct answer. We spent the last 45 minutes working on some reading comprehension. I am interested to see how his reading skills improve when we dedicate an entire session to reading next week."
"The student talked about improper integrals in class and we talked about how to properly do those. I made sure to point out many ways functions can diverge and how you can't really tell just by looking at the graph. We also computed centers of mass; he had no problems with those."