Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we worked on hyperbolas, planes, and spheres. The material on planes has several new concepts for the student, but after we broke down the method into simple steps she has proven more than capable of getting it done. This session showed a lot of promise for her future work on these topics."
"The student and I went over her end of the year math report card together, which showed which areas she needs the most work on: A/S fractions and algebra. Today was focused on A/S fractions. I left her a few problems to work on before next week and suggested she practice her math facts every day, which will help her greatly. She struggled a bit when it came to a negative number and finding greatest common factor, which we will continue to work on. No concerns from this session, she is a great student to work with."
"We spent the majority of the time on division and subtraction. The student still has trouble with subtraction because she forgets to borrow, but she is getting more confident with division. We spent the last 15 minutes on word problems and although she went slow, she was able to work through how she got each answer."
"Worked on his summer packet and did integer drills. We used some print-outs from the sight to do simple integer problems for speed. Confidence and practice seem to be the only things that are keeping him back in math. His comprehension is fantastic, and he is extremely focused during our sessions. By the time we had done three sets of drills, he was only missing 1 out of 54 problems. Always a pleasure getting to work with this student."
"Today we covered substitution, graphing inequalities, finding the solution to systems of equations and numerous word problems finding the minimum cost and maximum profits. Her understanding on the subject is constantly increasing. I try to encourage her to explain each problem to me and the process to find the answers. She is thrilled with how well she is doing in the class. She is staying on top of her course work and that is all I can ask of her. She is a great student and fun to work with."
"We covered the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, Areas, the Area between two curves and Integrating the Natural Log function. He made very few mistakes, and the mistakes he made will be corrected with practice."
"Today, we worked on completing a review packet that is due on the first day of school. The review packet provided me with insight regarding the student's weaknesses in algebra. Our plan going forward is to complete the packet, and then review the material from algebra to solidify his base knowledge prior to entering algebra 2. I left him with the Montgomery County example final assessments for Algebra 1. He will work on these in between tutoring sessions."
"The student and I learned how to factor polynomials by first factoring out the greatest common factor and then by "reverse foiling." I recommended buying a workbook that we could work out of directly so that I can assign some extra practice for her to do in between tutoring sessions."
"We looked for three possible research topics and listed several possible avenues of research for each. Afterwards, we worked on algebra. He is factoring polynomials and solving for x when y =0."
"The student and I covered a mix of fractions. We figured out to derive which fractions are larger and smaller from one another. We also delved into improper fractions as well as being able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide these fractions. I left her to do the additional problems that were left over. I also felt like she was confident with the problems after she learned and reviewed previous, similar problems. I believe that two or more sessions is all it takes to finish the packet for her. She is making good progress. Our next step is to start dividing and multiplying decimals, which she has stated that she has problems with."
"Today we went over functions--domain, range, continuous/discontinuous, and how to model situations with functions and what the functions told us about their practical implications. The student has an excellent base of knowledge for starting calculus, and took on much of the material very easily. I left him with some practice problems that we will go over next session."
"We worked on a bunch of different topics today. They mainly had to do with the properties of adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing complex fractions. I think the student handled the material very well. I think there are a few properties that are tricking him just a bit, but the overall material is settling well with him. I think maybe his one instinct that we will correct is that he likes to cancel out variables in adding and subtracting problems and unfortunately that won't work. We worked on ways that we could break apart adding and subtracting problem and work it out that way. I gave him a few homework problems and we decided that our next time would be July 15th! He is doing a great job."