Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met to review for his upcoming test. His teacher provided some practice problems from the book (with solutions posted online), and he had some specific areas he wanted to review before the test: inverse functions, properties of exponents, solving equations with exponents and radicals. We came up with a good list of tricky things to remember for the test and he felt like he was prepared."
"The student has an exam after our session, so we spent our time going over practice word problems, similar to those that would be on the exam. We began with calculations of rectangular perimeters and areas. This allowed us to touch on basic algebraic equations, and factoring. Next, we went over some problems that involved converting between different rates and units. He is usually capable of identifying the important numbers in word problems, and what arithmetic operation is required, but needs some practice articulating associated units. We dealt extensively with converting fractions to and from their proper form, and how to combine fractions that have different denominators. It seems some of the problems impressed upon him the important role math can play in everyday life, especially in personal finances, and he seems to have a real desire for stronger proficiency. He will need to make an effort to be careful in his calculations, to make sure the answer is not only correct, but in the correct form, and to remain undaunted by problems and equations that may appear unfamiliar at first."
"The student updated me that he did reach out to his teacher about self-advocating for additional test/quiz time, which his teacher permitted. We reviewed monomials and polynomials using perimeter application problems for rectangles, squares, and triangles. We reviewed the shape's correct formulas and inverse operations when provided the perimeter expression, but not a missing dimension's expression (i.e., trying to find the length of one side when provided the lengths of other sides and perimeter). I also allowed the student to practice with a pseudo-test/quiz environment by creating quiz for him over our topic for the session. He only missed one problem due to incorrect use of the formula, but he understood his mistake. We will probably stick with using these quizzes as a wrap-up for our sessions."
"We covered the definitions of rational, irrational, real, and integers. The student has a great attitude about learning the math. He was struggling a little bit with simplifying complex square roots, so we went over those thoroughly, and he seems to have a much better understanding of these problems. I showed him a few different techniques to simplify some of the problems we were doing."
"We went over the math packet that was assigned from school. This mostly dealt with volumes and surface areas of 3D shapes. So, we went over the core concepts and a lot of the formulas were in the formula-sheets I printed for her a few weeks back. I tried focusing on her thought process - how to use the information given to find the required parameters. This skill is crucial for success in tests. I reiterated a few tips for success for the student to adopt: 1. Keeping work neat will lead to greater accuracy 2. Drawing part or all of the problem will help organize information in the student's mind 3. Don't erase and re-write part of a problem. Cross it out with one line and move on. 4. Read the question carefully. Think. Proceed."
"I met with the student and discussed various algebra topics to review over what he has covered so far this semester. The topics covered were solving systems of equations and understanding how to work with exponents."