Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started off with some more mental math and geometry worksheets. She told me that she has her year-end math placement test on Thursday, so I found some problem-solving questions for us to work on. We found that when the student figures out how to do something, she just jumps right in without planning her steps or checking for mistakes. I helped her practice slowing down to make sure that she does everything right."
"We went over all of the student's homework and latest quiz. This is preparing her effectively for her upcoming test tomorrow. She seems confident in her ability and will most definitely excel if she stays on task and practices."
"Today, I helped the student solve some problems with Euler's method. We then moved on to do separable differential equations. He is a very bright student and understands how things work quickly. I think he would benefit from improving his problem solving skills in general and his approach. Also he could benefit from writing more neatly in his notebook. I will try to encourage him to do these things."
"Today the student and I did a general review for her exam involving quadratics, sequences, absolute value inequalities and absolute value equations. The student was struggling with a little bit of everything from the previous mentioned categories. The student was enthusiastic and ready to use methods that she was comfortable with to find the answer. I included grouping different strategies for each section, and she and I went over the practice problems. She was able to find solutions to each problem, and correct her mistakes when she made a few errors!"
"We worked on reading comprehension with two worksheets. The first worksheet was a story about Christopher Columbus. In this story we learned some new vocabulary, reviewed character traits and motives, and reviewed analogies. The student did very well and understood the story quickly. The second was about Abraham Lincoln. I checked for understanding by giving the student a "pop quiz" at the end of this reading. The biggest thing we need to work on is getting the student to give more information for each answer. He is just giving the first answer he can think of without developing it. We will continue to work on this next session. Tomorrow and next week, there will be more writing practice and I am going to work with the student to develop his responses to the fullest extent of his understanding."
"Today we started with solving easy equations for "x", and from that we developed the steps to solve more difficult, multi-step equations. Next we practiced forming equations from words commonly used in word problems, and we solved some of these. Next we wrote equations for more than one unknown variable. From these we worked on three different ways to solve: simultaneously, by substitution, and by graphing. We have graphed before and so this was review, but now he can see the meaning of two intersecting lines. I led him through the problems: he did the math, and I pointed out the steps. We will work all summer applying his skills and techniques to these higher order problems so he will not be intimidated in the next two years when he encounters these at school."