Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"It was our first tutoring session and I wanted to get a feeling for where the student was mathematically. I asked her various questions about various problems: exponents, volume, area, multiplication, mixed numbers, and more. I now have a good idea of what I should plan for the student next session!"
"Today we continued to work on graphing sine and cosine curves. I brought worksheets, and we talked through the process and worked on the problems. Then we looked at some of his homework problems and discussed how to set up the solutions. He is getting much better at drawing graphs. I sent him a handout with what I felt was a good explanation to look over. We will talk next time about whether this helped him or if he wants more practice. He is doing fine in chemistry."
"The student had a couple more online practice problems for us to do today, to prepare him for ongoing testing this week at his school. He did a very good job today on problems I thought were fairly challenging. He had to plot points accurately in odd units such as 1.3 rather than the more typical 1 per unit; he had to understand math vocabulary, such as "coefficient" and "constant"; and many problems required him to answer four questions for each, or to pick the two or three true statements out of four. He showed his understanding of algebra and graphing, so he is definitely ready for this section. I tested him on percentages and volume again, and he remembered what we had learned Monday."
"Today, the student and I worked on math corrections. We worked on some word problems that involve fractions, and I explained a few strategies as to how to approach and successfully walk through these types of problems. The main focus of our time, however, was working with clocks and learning how to tell time, and manipulate hours and minutes on a clock. We talked about what the two different "hands" point to, the increments that minutes are divided into on clocks, and how to move forward or backward on a clock. In addition, we talked about what "quarter past/till" and "half past" imply. She seemed to more fully understand how clocks are interpreted, and how there can be multiple ways to communicate a time. It was a productive session!"
"The student completed math homework which involved addition and subtraction of fractions. We then worked the remainder of the time on an online assessment test where she recorded her highest percentage of correctly answered questions to date."
"Today's topic dealt with volumes of spheres, cylinders and cones. The relationships of the volumes of these figures were described in words and through calculation problems. We will be spending more time on the Pythagorean Theorem until his final exam."