Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on a take-home quiz over basic word problems. She completed the problems pretty quickly, and then had to write an analysis over each of them. Afterwards, we worked on a combining like-terms worksheet. I was pleased to see that as we progressed through the worksheet she began catching her own mistakes without me telling her, indicating that she was really understanding the techniques."
"Working with the Pythagorean theorem and applications. Worked forward to make the problems more difficult than homework."
"Student performed very well on his last test. Worked on adding and subtracting fractions with integers and solving for a variable. We need to work on keeping his concentration so that he doesn't make simple mistakes."
"The student and I had a good session yesterday. We did some more work with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and simplifying radicals. The student did very well with this, making only simple mistakes that were few and far between. We talked again about writing down the intermediate steps in order to minimize the simple mistakes and stay on track during a problem. For example, if finding the square root of 27, write down that 27 breaks into nine and three instead of immediately jumping to taking a three out from under the radical and leaving a three under it. We also talked a bit about how to recognize when a larger number is divisible by three, four, or nine, and how knowing this is helpful when trying to factor a large, unfamiliar number. We then went ahead and reviewed some of the material which she will be covering next in class: how to graph quadratics by factoring them to find the roots and y-intercepts. She got this quickly, and I think it will put her a bit ahead in class so that when the teacher reviews it she already has a good idea of what's going on."
"The student missed class yesterday when they started a new topic. She thought she could catch up through the homework, but the problems were a bit intimidating. Fortunately, they look more difficult than they are. Today, we covered graphing square root and cube root functions. After a while, she picked up the concepts very well, and was completely comfortable with the material by the end of the session."
"The student and I did Surface Area and Volume sheets today. The first one was quite a challenge, but eventually we were able to move on. The first worksheet required him to draw three shapes that had the same volume but different surface areas and vice versa. The second one was much easier, and he had already completed most of it before the session. I was really impressed with how much he wrote as we worked together."