Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over some of the theorems for geometric proofs involving triangles and parallel lines. The student has little difficulty with the concepts once I explain them but needs to work to familiarize herself with these topics independently. We worked through as many proofs as time would allow with me explaining their significance and how they might be used on an exam."
"The student and I worked on percents and percent reviews as well as principal and simple interest rate. We did various percentage problems dealing with change in percent and how to find out cost of goods based on sale price and mark up price. We also did I=PRT formula, and solving for a missing variable."
"The student and I worked on his math homework, as well as some extra practice worksheets from his mom. The worksheets covered probability, slope, and algebraic equations of a line. The probability worksheet was challenging, as it covered some difficult topics and many of the questions were word problems, which he struggles with. He did much better on the slope and algebra worksheets, as we were able to work out a series of steps to apply to each problem. He was able to complete the sheets quickly and pretty much independently by the end of our session."
"Today we focused on some more math items to get ready for the state assessment test next week. The student was doing a good job with some more sample test questions and we worked a bit on test taking strategies and some of the areas in which he had been having trouble."
"Great work with multi-digit division. Area of triangles: after reminding her of the formula, very good work. Still needs reminders when triangles are enclosed in rectangles as to how to find their areas. Adding and subtracting mixed numbers: good work with concepts; needs more attention to detail. Comparing decimals: very good. Converting fractions to decimals: excellent. Angle addition postulate: good work with concepts."
"Today the student said he had a test on Wednesday, so we decided today's session would best be spent reviewing for the coming test. Upon reviewing his notes and his textbook, I figured the test would be on the Pythagorean theorem, factoring polynomials, and solving quadratic equations using completing the square. We reviewed problems from his textbook and he completed them with relative ease. I then gave him my own original problems to further test his skills. He completed these with minimal assistance."
"The student had recently learned about polar coordinates, polar equations, and DeMoivre's Theorem in his math analysis course. As he was soon to be tested over these concepts, we selected a set of review problems from his textbook that we felt would be challenging and helpful. Some involved converting polar equations to Cartesian/rectangular equations for the purposes of graphing; he remembered how to figure out the appropriate substitutions by drawing right triangles and remembering what each of the trigonometric functions represents. He also got to practice using the polar mode of his graphing calculator, and to test for various forms of symmetry both in rectangular and polar coordinate planes. Toward the end, we reviewed DeMoivre's Theorem, which the student was already quite comfortable with."
"The student and I split the session between French and Math. We started by going over and practicing some camping related vocabulary that her French class has just started to work with and we added a few expressions related to the topic of camping. She expressed curiosity about the popularity of camping in France, so we talked a bit about camping culture and I showed her the website for a popular campground. She was surprised at some of the differences between camping in France and the U.S. We then moved on to Math. The student's class has started to multiply polynomials and she had trouble understanding what to do, so I introduced her to the FOIL technique which made the process much easier for her. she was delighted with this technique and indicated that she felt confident and prepared."
"Today we covered solving for variables with some added difficulty. I incorporated some fractions to make it harder for the student. She did great on the practice that she did. She got all of them correct. She knows how to solve for variables, she just seems to struggle most with solving for them when the variable is in the denominator versus the variable being in the numerator. I left her with practice with some variables in the denominator so that she can practice for next time. There were no concerns with this session, she is making great progress."
"During this session, the student and I worked on test corrections. We spent extra time on a few areas, focusing a lot on wording. When it comes to subtraction in word problems, we discussed how we would know which number to put first. I explained to her that if she had 5 apples and I took 3 of them from her, she would be left with 2, and the corresponding equation would be 5 - 3 = 2. She has to take the smaller quantity FROM the larger one. We also focused on the little words in the directions that might change the meanings of the questions. I left her with a list of topics to cover with her teacher that we will also use when preparing for her retest."
"The student felt like he needed the most help in math, so we worked exclusively on that today. We went over operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) with rational numbers and he performed very well. Arithmetically, the student is very strong and appears to have a strong grasp on how to tackle problems. We were not able to complete many word problems, but I did work with him on a few, which he was all able to solve after some instruction. I worked with him on strategies to tackle word problems, and he seems to be able to solve them now. He should make sure to ask his math teacher for more word problems that he could work on to prepare for the test."
"Today, the student and I reviewed facts, and practiced different multiplication tricks, that could help him remember the different fact families(sing happy birthday for 7, use finger trick for 9 and 6, etc.). We practiced the different methods several times, till he seemed confident. We also used connecting blocks, to make groups to learn the 12 fact families. He and I played a space math game, and he won! He has no homework this week, due to testing, so I hope to continue practicing multiplication, fractions, and division facts through practice and games."