Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued reviewing topics in Physics and algebra. In physics, we continued to discuss forces and net forces. The student wanted help with equilibrium, sum of forces, and support forces, so we focused mostly on that. Towards the end we went over tension for parallel to the weight, and tension force at an angle to a weight."
"The student and I spent much of the session on math. We began by reviewing our earlier work with long division, then touched on a few concepts, including fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals. I realized that we needed to cover factoring numbers before the student could simplify fractions, so we discussed prime numbers, square numbers, and began discussing factoring. Finally, we read more of "Mr. Popper's Penguins.""
"The student and I reviewed graphing polynomials (domain, range, vertical and horizontal asymptotes, intercepts, transformations). Moved slow as he is not very familiar with the graphing aspect of algebra 2. We kept reviewing order of operations, moved on to graphing linear equations."
"In this session we began reviewing for the students final exam on Thursday. We covered the statistics portion of the material, as well as polynomial functions. He had no trouble with the polynomials, although the statistics will probably need a little more time in the next 2 sessions."
"We reviewed the correlation coefficient testing, t-scores, and rules for mathematical operations such as PEMDAS. The student seems to be progressing well, figuring out how to work through a variety of problems. I did not leave extra practice, but she has some from her course. No concerns to report."
"The student wanted to cover a couple of topics from a previous class that she did not understand. The first topic on her list was Conic Sections from Algebra 2. It took us the whole first session to cover all of that but she was feeling pretty good about it by the end of the session. I gave her examples of each to try and she was mostly getting the hang of it. She said her teacher tried to cover all of this too quickly in a short amount of time before her class ended."
"We completed problems in the student's summer packet. We also worked on decimal expansion, LCM, word problems, word problems with averages. The student picked up concepts quickly. His school packet is very large, and they will work on it while I am away. I will check the problems that were completed in my absence and go over anything that wasn't understood."
"We focused on introductory derivatives and limits. Most of our time was spent discussing graphs of distance versus time, and what the slope at various times and on various intervals told us about the motion of the object. The student handled the material quite well, so I felt confident discussing continuity, differentiability, and the definition of derivatives, as well as the power rule. I left him with questions solving for the derivative the long hand way."
"The student and I refreshed our memory on what we learned during the fifth grade. We reviewed almost everything. I also taught the student something new, that she will learn in the sixth grade. I taught her circumference. She said that she enjoyed figuring out the circumference. She grasped the concept very well. I made her figure out the circumference, using 3.14 for pi. This made her review how to multiply decimals. The student worked hard last year, and her efforts paid off. She is going into honors math, so we will continue to work on 6th grade material. Her mom wants me to focus on fractions, so we will try to work that into most of our lessons."
"Today, the student and I worked on a problem set that I made up. They were very challenging problems. It was a review to see how ready the student could be for final exam questions. Of course there was struggle with the problems, for that was the nature of the problems I made, but she did very well with them. We are going to work on more problems that are different but still similar so that the anxiety will subside. I know that the student can do hard and complex problems. This session was great and I have high hopes for the student."
"Today we restarted the review, I had the student do every problem, first attempting them without any help to see how much he understood. On a whole, he is a lot faster and remembers a lot of the methods. All the problems where he required my assistance, I noted and will be giving him variations of these problems on our next meeting. At this point I just want him solving problems to prepare himself for his test on Monday."
"We reviewed algebra that he did in algebra one to get familiar with the concepts and material again. Once we went over the material he seemed to remember the concepts and was able to solve the problems."