Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began today with another algebra worksheet, this time with harder questions. We spent a majority of our time reviewing the packet because the student's math exam is coming up soon. She again demonstrated mastery of the formulas and skills she will need for the exam. The only area she misses out in is finding the vertex of a parabola. While she has her own method to figure it out, she has two formulas that she can be using that would make the whole process easier. She is now very conscious of this fact after having done a few practice problems. Her arithmetic errors continued, but we discussed backwards checking in order to catch those errors and that seemed to solve that issue. For Spanish, we did a por/para worksheet and she missed only 1 out of 10 problems, demonstrating a great improvement. We also worked on choosing between subjunctive/indicative/infinitive. The student could pick easily between subjunctive/indicative but missed a few questions where the answer was an infinitive. We discussed how changing the subject of the clause dictates which verb tense to use. We will practice this more. I asked her to compile a vocabulary list for our next meeting so that I can give her some helpful study methods for learning the words."
"Today the student and I reviewed his homework on the quadratic formula, factoring, and multiplying binomials. He had a quiz on completing the square recently, and he did very well. He is very bright, but he tends to rush his work and make simple mistakes. I am working to get to him to slow down and evaluate his answers carefully."
"Today we worked on more surface areas and volumes of shapes. We worked out some questions that the student struggled with in class. He worked the problems in front of me and I questioned his reasoning at the end and had him explain his steps to me. He was able to articulate his reasoning for each of the steps and got them correct. He was able to show advanced reasoning skills when given questions that would build on what he just did. I gave him these conceptual questions only by audible description and he was able to articulate back the proper method to addressing the problem. He was doing a better job of not overthinking this week. We went through some conceptual knowledge of equations that he will be working with in this chemistry to give him some base reasoning behind what was taking place. He said this helped and his active listening skills suggested interest in this style of learning. He reported back on the note taking technique for his homework assignments and said that this had helped him with keeping track of things. I am hopeful that this will continue to be the case. To help him with his time management, he will be personally in charge of setting up meeting times in the future so that he takes ownership of it."
"Today we covered: completing squares with non-unity values of a, completing squares with negative quadratic functions, exponential growth, and exponential decay. The student received a perfect score on the recent take-home quiz. It was a great session."
"Today, we went over the student's online math work. We covered percents, reflections, and integers/units. Since his last progress report, I have not seen any grade changes as he's still on break. However, the student is starting to pick up material more quickly. Also, since we finished his math work early, I also helped him with some of his reading assignments."
"First, we finished homework for Section 6-2, "Properties of parallelograms". Then we worked on homework for Section 6-3, which covered "Proving that a quadrilateral is a parallelogram". The student's next quiz and his next exam is coming up. We will do the "Cumulative Test Prep" for most of the chapters."