Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"*Practiced spelling words *Practiced correcting grammatically incorrect sentences *Practiced writing verbally stated sentences with proper grammar *Reviewed multiplication flash cards *Reviewed addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication aloud *Worked on changing mixed fractions to improper fractions and vice versa *Need to continue working on grammar and multiplication tables *Assigned: review flash cards (words and multiplication tables)"
"The student and I went over his worksheets from class and checked over several problems that he did during the day. We found a few errors and discussed where he went wrong. He had very few errors. He said he feels a lot more confident between taking his summer school class and then going over it again in tutoring. We continue to cover point slope form, y intercept form, and finding the slope with two points. We are also spending time graphing equations. He seems confident that he will pass algebra."
"We worked on the shell method of integration, finding the length of an arc, and finding the work performed by a system through integration in preparation for the student's exam tomorrow. While I believe that he does know the material for the exam, he should take his time applying the principles, especially in circumstances with exceptionally confusing or convoluted integrals."
"The student and I went over graphing equations and finding relevant information: x and y intercepts along with slope and vertices. We then worked on setting up systems of equations from word problems. We finished the day by giving him some extra homework and discussing his thesis for his summer paper."
"We covered special cases of limits, those that approach infinity as x approaches a constant and those that approach a constant as x approaches infinity. In this way we were able to figure out where there would be vertical or horizontal asymptotes on our graph. Then we looked at how functions approaching infinity would "dominate" or "determine" the limit in a given combination with other functions, particularly looking at the degree of the highest term involved and whether the functions were added or multiplied. The student really didn't have any issues with the material I presented him, and so we moved on pretty easily to oceanography. The first chapter dealt primarily in plate tectonics and the composition of early earth, and based on his science background he absorbed/knew most of the information pretty seamlessly. I am sending him a worksheet covering limits to be completed for tomorrow."
"We reviewed: operations with decimals and fractions, prime/composite, algebraic expressions to represent word problems, and data representation/interpretation. We also discussed topics that the student would like more practice on for next week and started on probability. For reading comprehension, we are focusing on the distinction between main ideas and details."
"Topics covered: complex numbers, sine and cosine, vectors, and basic kinematics. We spent time at the start of the session looking through the math website, which we've decided to use as the 'textbook' (for homework problems) for the student's Algebra 2 and Physics tutoring. I can't assign specific problems to her on that website, so I made sure she knew how to find the videos & practice problems for both subjects, and that she is set up to find and work practice problems independently. I selected the topics for today's session with the math website curricula in mind, so that the student can find and work through practice problems that correspond with the topics she learned. I also made sure she knew where the website sections corresponding to last session's topics are."
"The student and I continued to review the basics of Algebra I by going through the first 3 chapters in his Algebra II book. To name a few we cover inequalities and how to graph them, absolute value problems, and a few other ways to solve for x. The student is a very smart young man, and seems to remember almost everything covered in Algebra I."
"The student and I finished up the Geometry chapter of her book that we had started last time and started the Percents and Fractions chapter. We discussed non-Euclidean geometry and compared it to Euclidean geometry, then practiced making some fractals out of letters. We moved on to the section on percents. We focused on word problems that involved setting up an equation or proportion based on specified information. The student was able to set up the equations on her own and solve them without much trouble. We plan to meet again Tuesday and Thursday of next week."
"At this session, the student and I completed the rest of the slope-intercept lecture and homework, and then we continued on with the writing equations in slope-intercept form and writing linear equations in different forms lectures and homework. By the end of the session, he was very confident finding the slope and the y intercepts. It seemed that today was the day that everything clicked. The student was able to complete problems without my help at all."
"We continued to work from the online course material, covering basic algebraic expressions and concepts including combining like terms and exponents. The most difficult thing for the student seems to be remembering which rules to use in which situations. I recommend practicing these concepts as much as possible to cement them."
"The student and I focused on linear and quadratic functions today. He has a good grasp on factoring and completing the square when it comes to quadratics. I was really impressed by him today and will probably start tackling a new subject next session."