Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began yesterday with a little warm-up exercise with counting money. From there, we moved onto some rounding concepts. I had scoured the internet all weekend to find some good tools to help with rounding, however, once we started working, it became apparent that she had been practicing. She was able to complete the problems with ease. We moved from there and I was able to create some different multiplication tables for her to work on. Finally, we finished up with talking about some word problems. She has ordered some workbooks for us, and we will be beginning to use those as soon as they come in (hopefully next week)."
"In math, we covered number lines. This included completing number lines, comparing numbers on number lines, and understanding negative numbers. We also discussed fractions on number lines. The student enjoyed solving for numbers on number lines and comparing numbers to find which is greater. Negative numbers are a little tricky for her, but she understood them by the end of the lesson. We also discussed the science concepts she is learning in class. This was primarily focused on energy: nuclear, heat, sound, light, conduction, convection, and radiation. She did a great job understanding and explaining conduction, convection, and radiation energy especially when pictures and diagrams were involved. She has a great grasp of scientific concepts. I am excited to review the concepts with her next session to make sure they were understood, and work on specific homework problems."
"This session we worked on estimation and rounding. The student understands to use words like "about" when he is estimating. He also worked on writing word problems. He should be reminded to take his time and read each question carefully."
"The student and I went over algebra 2 problems involving solving quadratic equations using various methods. We also went over physics problems involving motion. By the end of the session, he was able to solve the problems correctly."
"We did a few questions involving the graphing of an exponential function by plotting two points and an asymptote, then a few involving the Pythagorean theorem to determine side lengths for a described triangle, and finally a few using rules of exponents to solve for a variable. The last one was the most exciting because our "v" was supposed to be a real number but it involved the square root of -8. We will meet again next Wednesday to continue her mathematical journey."
"We discussed multiplying matrices, taking determinants, and touched on inverting matrices. I encourage the student to remember that the determinants of upper or lower triangular matrices are just all the left to right diagonal elements multiplied. Also identifying any minor errors early will help a lot in the long run when large determinant problems have a lot of bookkeeping. Overall she is doing well with all new material and should be prepared for her interview if she keeps a nice crib sheet of formulas handy."