Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has her math final this week so today's session focus was on reviewing the year's concepts in preparation for the test. We covered a lot of material including conversions (decimals, fractions, percents), unit rates and functions, proportional relationships, graphing using slope-intercept form, order of operations, and a few other topics. Overall the student did quite well. I have definitely seen an improvement, especially with the negative numbers and catching her own mistakes. I told her that before her test she should review the formulas and what they mean (each variable, how to plug in, etc.) so that she can feel confident for the test."
"The student and went over his science. We also worked on science and math today. I have him some tips that I thought would help him psychologically to approach the science section of the ACT. The student did a good job today."
"We went over a couple more things in science. I had the student memorize the chemical formula for sugar and we came up with a song C6H12O6. I had her memorize the reaction in photosynthesis and cellular respiration. Afterwards, we did a little bit of math. We did areas of a polygons."
"Today I covered some very general algebra rules to help the student review for his upcoming test on Friday. He seemed to grasp most of what I was explaining, which is a good sign. I went over how to use the identity of a difference of cubes which he understood, but we agreed that it is hard to remember and presumed it may not actually be on his test. I also went over completing the square and showed the student that problems that involve solving for x using that method are also solvable using the quadratic formula. Overall, the session went very well for a first meeting."
"The student's state assessment test is coming up. We did problems in her packet. She's having trouble keeping all of the factoring/solving methods sorted in her head, and is not always clear on when she needs to use each method. She also is still prone to minor mistakes, like forgetting to write down an x, or switching her signs, which is a terrible way to lose points. We discussed tricks and checking methods for time saving as well."
"The student had another great math-focused session today. After emailing his teachers about a few missing assignments, I had him do a review problem on multiplying and simplifying rational expressions. He did a great job, and used the factoring and simplifying skills we worked on this past Sunday with minimal prompting. Then we went on to division, and he was able to explain that the only difference between multiplication and division is the need to flip/ use the reciprocal. He did very well with the factoring of these problems. I asked him to get a second copy of any multiple-choice questions his chemistry teacher gives for the finals review."