Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Met with student 1 and went over vector problems from her homework, these included adding vectors together and finding the angle between two vectors. Then met with student 2 and went over her homework which involved finding the area of triangles and parallelograms using the base and height of the shape."
"The student worked on multiplying three and four digit numbers by two digit numbers. We worked on how to eliminate errors by writing clearly, keeping the numbers in line, and making sure that when he multiplies, he writes the number to be carried above the original number. We also worked on a word problem where the student described what was given, how he would proceed, and how he came to find the answer. He also worked on place values for hole numbers and decimals, and then we reviewed plot, character, setting, challenge, title and author for a book that the student read. Excellent session."
"The student and I reviewed material relevant to the law of cosines and triangle properties in preparation for an upcoming test. By the end of a practice exam, she came away feeling more comfortable with the material and the associated formulas. Overall, a very good tutoring session."
"Tonight the student and I reviewed problems from her recent exam. We walked through how to do all of the problems that she got wrong. I noticed she was able to complete all of the steps of the distribution property independently, which was awesome."
"Today the student and I worked on more fractions and ratios. We did word problems involving rates, such as rates of speed or words read per minute, or money made per day, etc. In these word problems he had to set up the multiplication or division of fractions. If I get him to conceive of the problem first then he finds the right way to proceed. He is beginning to get more confidence in this. I gave him some more story problem homework with fractions; his teacher had given him a project about fitting a shelf in the middle of a wall last week and these problems are similar. He is required to understand what is being asked before he can set upon a technique for solving it."
"The first half of the session I spent with the first student. First, she finished her homework on Chapter 10.2. This is very simple for her, as the concepts have been done before in previous years of math. We then went over her science homework, on the chapter on fungi. We also went over her extra credit poem submission to the young writers contest, which she submitted during the session. The second half of the session, the second student and I went over her Chapter 5 work, which she did very well on. This was regarding LCM, improper fractions and mixed fractions. We went over her assignment for Chapter 6, which I assigned her every other problem, as well as the Chapter 5 Assessment. Chapter 6 is about different ways to display data sets, including box plots, histograms, frequency tables, and dot plots. She seemed to understand very quickly, especially within the scope of median, mean, range and mode."
"The focus of this session was mostly math. We worked on determining the greatest common factor when given two numbers. The student did very well and was able to utilize the strategies I taught her and what she had already learned in school to accomplish this skill. We also practiced adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominator and simplifying fractions. I introduced her to a different strategy that would allow her to find the answer more quickly and efficiently. She did very well in this area, as well. We will continue to build on this skill during our next tutoring session. In the meantime, I left her some math practice problems and reading comprehension to complete until then."
"Student 1 and I worked on algebra number properties including a worksheet that he had for homework. Student 2 had just taken his math midterm and had no other work so I gave him problems on triangles, trigonometry functions, and a problem that combined the two."
"We discussed polygons, lines of symmetry, and rotational symmetry. We discussed the properties of quadrilaterals: squares, rectangles, parallelograms, rhombuses, kites, and trapezoids. We continue to focus on visualization and confidence. Good session."
"We started the session by reviewing the rounding of fractions. Then, we worked on some word problems requiring that fractions with different denominators be added or subtracted in order to be solved, so we spent a lot of time on least common denominators. We also focused on reducing fractions and turning improper fractions into proper fractions in preparation for his exam tomorrow. We finished the session by reviewing chapter 6 of his Social Studies text book, focusing on the American Revolution, in order to prepare for his upcoming exam."
"I reviewed multiplication facts learned thus far, up through 6 x 9. He took a mini quiz on his facts and completed 36 facts in 7 minutes with 1 error. We will continue to review and practice. The student is working on finding the circumference of circles when given the diameter or radius. He practiced identifying what the circumference, diameter and radius are. He practiced using the formula C = pi x D or C = 2 x pi x R."
"The student and I met for another session of math tutoring. In this session we worked on fractions and word problems. We worked on how to convert from fractions and decimals and back. He showed a much higher level of mastery than he did before. We also worked on changing word problems into equations. Overall it was a good session and he stayed focus and was well behaved."