Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my second session with the student. I would dictate the math word problem orally, and she would write down the numbers and whether they should be added or subtracted. I had her separate the numbers into categories, this way she was able to understand why she was working with certain numbers and not the other numbers mentioned in the word problem. She was enjoying the math and understanding what was happening to the numbers."
"I worked with the student on her time skills. She still needs practice, but has shown improvement in being able to recognize the minute hand from the hour hand and to analyze where each hand is pointing in order to determine the correct time. We also reviewed subtraction with borrowing. She is showing more understanding of the concept of borrowing, but still needs a lot of help in order to find the correct answer."
"Today we went over equivalent ratios and turning fractions into percents. The student was confused, but I gave her a few strategies to make the questions simpler to figure out. I think it is always easier to think of the problems as money (for whatever reason, it is easier for students to visualize percentages when it is dealing with dollars)."
"Tonight the student and I worked for an hour. The student and I worked on graphing parabolas and circles and finding the equations for parabolas and circles based on different information given. He did well on the material and know which formulas to use and how to apply the different methods. For example, he understood what a focus and a directrix are and how that relationship can be used to find the equation of a parabola. He also is able to apply the rules for translations from last chapter to the current formulas. He is doing very well. On his most recent chapter test he scored a 96."
"In this session, we covered the rules of exponents, and the student worked a number of practice problems including simplifying exponential expressions as well as solving exponential equations. We also spent time with the definition of the logarithm, and I was able to introduce some context for how and why logarithms were first discovered/invented. The student then worked a number of problems using the definition of the logarithm and two more properties of logarithms. The student had a fantastic attitude in attacking the problems."
"During today's session, we introduced trinomial functions. Once introduced to the basic relationships, the student did very well (she even called it fun!). She did very well on her last test. Overall, I am happy with our progress."