Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was our first session and it is clear the student is dedicated. I had her take the learning styles assessment offered by the state and she's well balanced on visual/verbal, sequential/global, slightly more active than reflective, and highly sensing versus intuitive. Sensing learners tend to like learning facts, solving problems by well-established methods and dislike complications and surprises, and they are more likely than intuitors to resent being tested on material that has not been explicitly covered in class. They tend to be patient with details and good at memorizing facts and doing hands-on (laboratory) work. She agreed she fits the bill more as an active and sensing learner. Her current math teacher is adamant about algebra's value and therefore challenges the students during the quizzes and exams beyond the typical homework problems. From what I've seen of the textbook, it's not overly explanatory and if most of her understanding comes from her class notes she may be so busy taking them down she doesn't have time to absorb the details. I'm going to provide her with supplementary material in an effort to bridge the gap between the homework and exams. Prior to her next exam, I will create an outline of the rules for each section but leave space for us to review 'alternative' versions of these problems. Algebra doesn't tend to have exceptions to its rules, but rather different ways of saying the same thing. We will reassess this approach after 3 weeks."
"In preparation for the student's test today we completed the Chapter 5 Review in her textbook. We focused mostly on negative exponent rules. There was definite improvement from last week. We also reviewed how to write numbers in scientific notation. We discussed that when the digit term is not between 1 and 10, we need to move the decimal place to make it fit that criteria. When you move the decimal place, that requires a change in the exponential term. Initially, she had a little difficulty understanding how to change the exponential term, but with a couple more examples she completed problems successfully. Lastly we reviewed polynomial division. She had a really good understanding of polynomial division."
"We went over/finished the student's test review for her test on Wednesday. The review covers proportions and rates, she did very well on the review."
"We covered point slope and slope intercept form of a linear equation. The student mostly struggled with remembering which numbers were negative. We went over ways for her to check her work and how to make sure she includes negatives where needed. We also reviewed her previous homework and what she had gotten wrong."
"Today we had introductions and covered converting equations into slope-intercept form and also working with inequalities on a number line. In my opinion, the student responded well to the tablet method we used and I'm looking forward to working with him again soon!"
"The student was ready when I arrived. I thanked him for being ready to work. We continued preparing for his exam. We covered polynomial division, specifically synthetic division. Once his homework was completed, we moved onto subjects covered by the class later in the week. Then, we conducted a review for finals. The student has a good work ethic, and he is making progress. He is showing steady improvement."