Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During our last session we covered simplifying rational expressions and finding the denominators of undefined expressions. We spoke about the student's test on Thursday, and he said he believed it went well, with no surprises. He hasn't gotten the test back yet, but once he does, it will be the first concrete test to gauge his performance. He did well this week as well and asked more questions. He is learning well. I see him growing more confident as we end each session. Again, practice, practice, practice."
"The student covered more of her online homework. The biggest area she was having trouble in was the quotient rule because she was having trouble with negative exponents, but we cleared up her misunderstanding."
"Today we focused on the student's math homework and her project. For math, she was working on adding and multiplying decimals. She is doing very well with her math homework and rarely makes mistakes; she tends to catch her own mistakes. I allow her to lead with the homework so that she would be able to do so by herself in class and on tests. She seemed enthusiastic about the material. She also has a book report due so we started on that. She has to read one book and write about the plot, setting, characters, etc. She started so far with typing out the main characters and the setting. I will be bringing her construction paper for our next session so we can create the wheel that she must create for the book report."
"The student and I worked on differentiation rules: specifically product rule, chain rule, quotient rule, etc. We also prepared for test he had on Monday."
"I began the session by asking the student to round whole numbers and decimal numbers on two worksheets (six problems in all, three from each). With the decimal numbers, she used the guide I gave her last week, and shared that she's been using it and it helps her with place value. She did well independently (with the visual aid) with the decimal rounding, so she just needs more practice until she becomes comfortable without it. For homework (additional practice), I asked that she complete a problem from each worksheet every day, and we will review them at the next session. Her homework assignment was a math worksheet that called for writing decimal numbers in standard, word, and expanded forms; identifying the form of a given number; and matching standard numbers with their written or expanded equivalents. She did very well with identifying number forms and matching numbers and their equivalents, and she has definitely gotten better at writing decimal numbers in various forms. She still gets mixed up by the hundredths and thousandths place, particularly if she needs to add a zero (i.e. to two hundredths in standards form), so I made up a few problems that we did together. She then finished the homework with time to spare, so she also completed Tuesday's assignment (she did well), and got through about half of Wednesday's work. During the last ten minutes of the session, I had her practice reading various decimal numbers using proper terminology. The more she reads numbers this way, the easier it will be for her to remember each digit's place value, and write decimal numbers in various formats. We also reviewed long division, and she did very well with that, even asking to do additional problems beyond what I had planned for us to do."
"The student and I covered Chapter 2.5 homework for his Functions and Trig. Math class. He was studious and could follow instructions. We will need to practice refining his problem solving skills with different types of materials. Overall, this was a successful session."