Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered finding the equation of planes, lines, and spheres. We also covered projections and components. I discussed how to remember equations by visualizing what we're looking for. Tomorrow we will continue reviewing for her test Friday."
"The student and I spent the entire session doing his homework on fractions, which was significantly more challenging for him today. It was about simplifying fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Part of the challenge is that it is a new concept, and the material is increasing in difficulty. This is okay for now, but seeing as how his Math is only going to get more challenging, it makes sense for him to practice his multiplication tables more at home so he's super comfortable with it and so that things can advance at a smooth rate in terms of learning more concepts later on."
"Student 1 and I worked on her homework, which was identifying the degree and type of polynomial. She did well with this information. The rest of her homework was on order of operations and adding like terms. She was a little confused with what terms were like terms, but I clarified this, and then she did well. Student 2 and I worked on factoring trinomials with perfect cubes. He did very well with this. We did several practice problems in Math. We then reviewed dividing polynomials, which we worked on last week, using practice problems I brought with me. He did an excellent job with these as well. He currently has an A in the class."
"We spent a short time up front reviewing polynomial division and simplifying radicals by using common factors or by using multiplicative inverses. We then went through the student's assignment from his teacher that covered solving radical equations. He is improving at using the FOIL technique to multiply factors, and we spent significant time talking about how radical terms should be treated as simple variables when multiplying. By the end of the session, we were completely solving radical equations that required use of the quadratic formula, and he succeeded in using the formula to find answers and to check them. He was able to identify non-solutions as "extraneous roots" on his own, which indicates that he understands why some answers work as possible solutions and why some do not. He was left with three sheets of review and additional problems to solve over the next two weeks. His mother will have the answers emailed to her so that she can check on his progress and she can email me any questions that they may have later. He seems to have more confidence in radical equations and a better understanding of how to approach them - we had a very productive session."
"The student had homework he needed to do today regarding the surface area of rectangular and triangular prisms. By the end of the session, he was able to do a problem on his own. He also was willing to write down all of his steps, which showed improvement. He knows math is important and seems to have gained confidence in his ability to do it."
"Today the student worked on his math homework. He is starting measurement, so we began by measuring a few items on his paper, then a few items he had in his home. He also worked to draw his own line segments with given measurements using a cut out ruler from his homework. We then moved onto conversion, which was trickier for him: converting yards and miles and inches using multiplication or division. He did not have trouble deciding whether to divide or multiply, but he did struggle a bit on multi-step conversions (ex: miles to inches). It helped when I repeated the question a couple of times at this point. He ended up completing his math (paper) homework and was excited to complete the math online on his own (he agreed that his computer homework is much easier for him to handle on his own). He did a good job!"