Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed inequalities and linear equations (particularly how to find the y-intercept). While the student understood how to solve the equations, she was sometimes bogged down in the more complex problems involving many steps - she understands the concepts well, but loses track of some small steps. She was also unsure about what the y-intercept is and how to find it when given points on a graph, but seemed to have understood by the end of the session. Although she seemed generally comfortable with the material, she was less confident with negatives. I left the student with a few inequality problems, involving negatives and fractions, to complete. I think this practice will help her feel work through complex problems more accurately. I have no concerns from the session."
"The student did not have a sufficient amount of new material to go over, but we worked on what she had. She is going over logarithms and natural logs in her Algebra 2 class right now. She has a solid grasp on the material at the moment. We worked ahead a little bit, but the student demonstrated that she understood the material clearly."
"Today, I drilled the student on her multiplication tables with multiplication flashcards. We did two rounds, so I could pull out the ones that still challenge her for additional practice. I then utilized similar flashcards to test her division skills. Afterwards, we began a lesson on square roots, cube roots, and other radicals, which we will continue during our next session. I left the student a little bit of homework on cube roots."
"The student completed the rest of the math worksheet. She needed help with her 2-digit times 2-digit multiplication. Her main issue is regrouping. We will continue to work on that. However, she was doing well on her long division. I also asked her to read a book out loud to me so that I could get an idea of how many words she reads per minute. Towards the last ten minutes, I tested her on her spelling and she did an excellent job."
"Today, the student and I reviewed his scores from his recent math tests. We focused on adding fractions with different denominators that do not have common factors. We also practiced simplifying fractions. We reviewed his vocabulary words, parts of speech, and synonyms and antonyms. We then started the ISEE Lower Level diagnostic Reading test. I asked him to summarize the paragraphs he read, identify the main ideas, and use context clues to determine the meanings of words he didn't know. He was engaged, but he seemed a bit confused with the fraction practice. We will focus only on adding and subtracting fractions with specific types of denominators at each session for a while and then review the procedures for each type of denominator in order to attain his mastery of the concepts."
"The boys were really interested in the first problem. They worked productively with the second problem (the classic handshake problem). They had a very impressive strategy for completing 118 (factorial) that allowed them to complete the complicated calculation easily. We also had two separate conversations about growth mindset."