Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student A: At this session we worked on her homework assignment; rational exponent. This included converting radical expressions into exponent expressions and solving for x given an exponential equation. She only required a little clarification before completing her homework on her own. Student B: At this session we focused on his homework; operations with radicals. His homework required him to simplify each expression into the smallest form. He still struggles with understanding and/or remembering basic algebraic concepts. To assist him with this, I instructed him to write out every step. This will help him internalize the process required to solve, and is a great reference for future problems. Before leaving I suggested practicing non-homework problems from his textbook."
"Student is still on spring break so reviewed positive and negative numbers with addition and subtraction. Concepts covered were ratios and percentage. Used real-world examples to apply these concepts. Student was able to understand and apply these to solving the practice problems. He did a great job today."
"I met with the student this morning. We went over her test. Her instructor is letting her make up some points for her test. We went over every concept that could be covered on the makeup. I see her improving in her work. She has a strong understanding of the concepts and picks them up very quickly. She is able to apply them well. If we meet on a regular basis and maybe meet twice a week before her test, I have no doubt that she will do great!"
"Tonight, I worked on the student's math with him. We covered all of the previous lessons he has covered so far in class. He does well with the geometry problems, which are finding perimeter and drawing line segments and angles. He also does well with multiplication and division. Where he had a bit of trouble is when he multiplies three fractions together, he had a hard time figuring out how to reduce the fractions before he multiplied. I made sure to give him some extra problems on that concept. His next test is Thursday, and I look forward to seeing how he does on it."
"Concepts covered were time, money, and basic math facts. A strategy I included during the lesson was mental math. The extra practice I left with the student was to study her flash cards. There was some progress in today's lesson."
"Today we worked on the Chapter review exercises in the book as well as the worksheet the student's teacher had provided. He had questions about graphing the piecewise function and the absolute value function. Thus, I went over the basics of each function with him, and had him work the even problems from the book since only the odd ones were assigned. As I watched him work, I noticed that he is often solving the problem in his head and just writing the answer. There are a few times where he had the wrong answer due to an arithmetic error, or even a conceptual one. I asked him if he does this on the exam, or if he works out the problem step by step. He said he works out the problem which made me feel more comfortable that he will have less opportunities for errors. I advised him to take his time and write each step, and pay attention to details. He is smart and understands the subject, especially when he is engaged. As we finished today with the additional problems, I felt much more confident in him taking his test tomorrow."