Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did homework 13.2 together. We reviewed concepts about combination and permutation. The student was positive toward the material that was reviewed. He has a rather good understanding of the materials covered by his teacher but needed a little more practice to put theory to use."
"This was our first meeting. Student worked through his homework today in Chapter 7. He was computing percentages of numbers. He demonstrated one method, which he understood; I reviewed how to change a % into a decimal so that it could be multiplied times the number in question. This process opened the door to reviewing converting %s to decimals, to fractions, and back again. We reviewed Chapter 6 concepts and corrected his Chapter 6 test. Concepts included: coordinates and graphing them, solving for an unknown, working with fractions with all operations, negative and positive numbers, PEMDAs, making unit conversion multipliers, ratios, and proportions. Next week we will continue to reinforce concepts learned in real time and reviewing past learned information. Student worked hard, showed a great positive attitude, and cooperative spirit. Looking forward to the next meeting."
"We worked today on approximately 30 practice problems for a standardized test that the student will be taking in May. She does not have many struggles. For many of the problems she knew exactly what to do: especially the ones involving the topics she has covered this year, like algebra. We also worked on learning about probability."
"The student has two upcoming tests/quizzes in chemistry and in algebra 2. He had recently taken a quiz in chemistry on molarity and pH. When we discussed this topic the previous week, he flew through his homework and the review that we did with material covered in his textbook. It seemed that he fully understood the underlying concepts and knew the relevant equations, which required only simple algebra. On his quiz, it looks like he got stuck on a few problems and then ran out of time to answer problems that he would have otherwise been able to answer correctly. This is a common theme with his tests, where he says that he ran out of time, and we have discussed time management tips that will help eradicate this problem for him. We went through the problems on his quiz together and found that most problems were either significant figure errors, missing unit errors or small mathematical errors. Once we reviewed the material once more, we moved onto his math homework, which he said that he would need help navigating. The section he was covering in algebra 2 was working with trigonometric identities to solve problems, which is a difficult topic because there is multiple ways to answer the problems. Because of this, we worked side-by-side on his homework riddling out all of the problems so that he could see proper strategy for answering this type of question. Since he runs out of time on his quizzes and tests often, I asked him to practice these problems, since he may run into many time-consuming dead ends while using trigonometric identities. I also asked him to make sure that he remembered the identities so that it would be much easier for him to identify immediately which to use to solve the problems."
"The student brought home a review packet for her end of the year exams coming up. We worked through about half of it covering place values, rounding, and measurement units last week and this week we covered the other half. We reviewed area and perimeter, estimating distances, rounding, multiplication and subtraction of decimals, interpreting graphs, and some word problems. She did well on all the material."
"The student has a test coming up over law of sines and cosines. Overall, she is doing well with the problems, but we needed to further review word problems and some of the more complex geometry problems. I explained the basic concept behind the word problems and it clicked quickly for her. That concept also applied to the geometry based problems. We also covered the ambiguous case for law of sines. She was doing well with everything on the review sheet by the end of the session."