Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the student and my first session. She has a test this upcoming Monday and we went over her review sheet. She had a good foundation for most of the subjects. She had a little difficulty understanding scientific notation initially, but came to have a solid grasp of the number by the end of our session. She is learning to use her calculator to plot scatterplots, so I would have "random calculator checks" throughout our session where I would ask her to change some of the factors of the graph. We defined the differences between natural, whole, integer, rational, and real numbers, emphasizing the border between rational and irrational. Her test also has sections in which she will have to multiply and divide by base ten fractions (1/10, 1/100, etc...). To make this easier, I taught her how multiply and add numbers with exponents (e.g. 10^5/10^2 is the same as 10^(5-2). We played a "game" where we began with one number and constantly multiplied/divided different by different base ten exponential numbers (10^2, 10^-4) for the second half of the session."
"I met the student today for our first session at the public library. In this first session, we discussed his primary goals, to review the class lecture notes and homework problems, and be ready for a test. We then looked at the various study materials he will be using, including class lecture notes; an online text; online videos from an MIT open class; and homework problems from the text, instructor problem sets, and the online open class. We worked 2 problems from his second homework set. Prior to our meeting next Tuesday, he asked me if I could review some homework problems with which he has struggled (to discuss at our next meeting), and to review the class notes his instructor to distributed (to go over these in our next meeting as well). He has also asked me if I will prepare a practice test for him to prepare for his exam. I will work on these for Tuesday. Finally, he told me he needs some help with the derivation of the Frenet-Serret vector relationships. I will also prepare a discussion of these derivations for our next meeting."
"We spent the session working on her homework and I helped her with some of the math terms and how to apply them."
"The student started working on a living history assignment. The assignment was very brief and we had a very positive conclusion to the session. I worked with the second student for the remainder of the session and helped her study for a math test. The test was on box a dot plots, as well as analyzing data regarding surveys. I had her focus on taking her time and reading the question completely. I am eager to see how she does on the test."
"Today the student and I reviewed setting up systems of equations from word problems and choosing the appropriate method for solving them. I told the student I was impressed today to see her self-correcting her work. I witnessed her doing that several times throughout our session. This area has previously been a weakness. We practiced several problems with the student getting most of them right. I then taught her a section her class hadn't yet covered: solving systems of equations with no solutions or infinitely many solutions. She did well with the practice problems. I made sure to emphasize never accepting a no solution or infinitely many solutions answer without first checking work since weird problems are often a sign of a computing mistake. Overall it was a great session and I considered the student's self corrections a win."
"The student and I worked on exponential growth problems last night, as well as a little bit of physics homework that he was having a hard time with. He is sometimes unable to determine what information in the word problems he needs to use, and what belongs to specific variables. Once he has that down, he is doing exceptionally well plugging the numbers into the equations and doing the "plug and chug" from there. We worked through the beginning of a review packet that his teacher had given him, and towards the end he was doing really well with the problem set. He also informed me last night that he had gotten a B on his exam last week, which was awesome. I told him that if he continued to work hard that we would continue to see success on exams. He was pretty happy with his effort and his grade, and I was proud that he was able to bring what we worked on with him into the classroom."