Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Gave him a new review sheet and talked about some basic geometry. He is doing well, but it does well to review some of the basics once in a while."
"The student and I covered various geometric shapes and their properties, including congruence and similarity. We reviewed different types of triangles, such as scalene, obtuse, acute, and isosceles."
"During our session today, we focused on algebra for a little over an hour. We went through the problems that were assigned on Monday, which focused on isolating a particular variable in an equation with multiple variables. The student showed comprehension on the simpler problems right away, but had more trouble with the more complicated problems, for example, problems where the desired variable to isolate was found within multiple terms in the equation. We focused a good deal of time on how to approach these problems through factoring, and I created problems for him to solve until he was finally able to solve a few in a row correctly on his own. Once he got a grasp on this skill, he was better able to solve the more complex homework problems. We then moved on to scatter plots and graphing on a coordinate plane to visualize trends. He was able to come to conclusions based on the graphs, once prompted to explain "how x changes as y changes." I assigned set of cumulative review problems for him to work on to master these concepts. In science today, we talked about momentum and went over the chapter tests for chapter 3 (matter and energy) and chapter 11 (forces). The student showed good comprehension for the chapter 3, but had more trouble with chapter 11. He seemed to understand as we went through the problems in detail together, and was able to explain back to me some of the concepts we covered in the discussion. Our next tutoring session is scheduled for August 23rd, which is the first day of school. Once school begins we will follow along with the curriculum as it goes."
"We went over the student's review material for her test on compound inequalities and absolute value equations. Specifically, we focused on strategies for solving the various equations, and what arithmetic choices can make the process more efficient. For example, when solving an inequality with a fraction coefficient, she solved it 3 different ways: subtracting the fraction term from both sides; multiplying both sides by the reciprocal of the fraction, then simplifying; and multiplying both sides by only the denominator of that fraction. By going through all three methods, she got practice in both thinking critically about solving algebraic equations, and also the mental/ written arithmetic with fractions (and later decimals). At the end, we looked at several of the word problems assigned in the review packet, and unpacked exactly what language dictates the equation that represents it, and some common pitfalls."
"In this session, we worked on properties of equality. The student had some homework problems to do. She was able to complete them on her own; she would ask for clarification of certain properties and how to recognize when they are being applied in a problem. I was informed that her math grade dropped from an 82 to a 79 after receiving a 50% on a homework assignment. She was able to rework the problems she got wrong on the homework and understand her mistakes. She also knows that in order to raise her grade back up she has to do well on any upcoming tests. It was requested that in future sessions, I supply her with practice problems to make sure she is not forgetting past concepts. I gave her a pamphlet of equations and definitions that should help her in physics. She has a good grasp of algebraic concepts; she just has to be aware of not making small mistakes and checking over her work."
"Today the student and I went back to working on parallel lines cut by transversals and angle relationships. This time, we worked on some more challenging problems from an SAT math workbook. She did really well with these problems! She seems to really enjoy challenges. Next we worked on solving equations with one variable in the SAT math workbook. She also did very well with these."