Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was a great session today. We worked on a passage from a Rudyard Kipling book. This was very challenging because of the dialects and period vocabulary. The student responded well though, and even said it was fun reading! We started by reading back and forth, then answering basic questions about characters and plot. Then we read it through again, much more slowly, pausing after most paragraphs to dissect the meaning and define vocabulary. This was long and a little painful, but effective. When we wrapped up with some short answer questions he rattled off the answers easily. He also chose the reading activity for tomorrow. This is an effective exercise for him because it lends itself to Socratic study (questions questions) and lots of discussions."
"We focused this session on working with rational expressions. In particular, we focused on factoring quadratics using the 'x' method and grouping, how to multiply or divide two rational expressions after factoring, and how to find and utilize the least common denominator of several rational expressions when adding or subtracting. The student seemed more comfortable with factoring and finding the L.C.D. after going through some sample problems and was already comfortable with multiplying and dividing rational functions after the factoring was done."
"Today the student and I covered finding the domain, range, vertex, and the x-intercepts in solving quadratics. The student was struggling with finding the solutions to a quadratic and finding the domain and range. The student was prepared and ready to review the material. I included strategies and practice problems from the platform. The student was able to complete them correctly."
"Today, we began with a review of the material taught last session. Afterwards, the student was taught how to express x in set notation as well as the basic idea of a function and how to get output values when plugging in an input x-value. The student showed a good understanding of the new material. However, there are times where she will make small errors (incorrect arrow direction on number line, improper order of operations). The student does not truly mean to make these mistakes, therefore these will be resolved with more practice and taking a slower, more methodical approach to each problem. The student received a sheet of paper with the different subjects discussed so she can use the online resources for practice. We will work on this more next session."
"Today the student worked on his physics final review packet. It covered problem with work, power, force, energy, momentum, and impulse. He has a tough time recalling many of the equations. I have been working with him to have him better understand the formulas, rather than just memorizing. I used the strategy of using units to solve different problems. I have suggested for him to know each equation and the units of the different variables used. He needs to really focus on this final. He needs to continually review this packet to ace his exam."
"The plan at this point is for us to continue working together on the geometry so that when she starts the class in the fall, it will be quite easy for her and we can later start on an Algebra II online course. Today we decided to work on something new: logarithms. The student picked up quickly on all of the properties and rules and was able to start simplifying and evaluating logarithms in very little time. She even figured out some more challenging concepts all on her own. We will keep going with logarithms and some new topics in our next session!"