Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
" Today I used some flashcards to help the student memorize her multiplication tables. I explained to her that if she knows her multiplication tables very well she will be able to answer complex problems quickly and accurately. It was evident that the student had been practicing her multiplication table because she did a great job with this exercise. Next we worked on evaluating and simplifying expressions. I taught the student the order of operations and stressed the importance of knowing how to use them correctly. We reviewed some mnemonics to help her memorize the order of operations. I also taught the student how to evaluate exponents. I allowed the student to practice exponents but she still had some difficulty. I created a worksheet for her to practice evaluating a variety of expressions that contained different operations. In addition she was required to write which operation she should perform first for each problem. She did well with this worksheet and we discussed the few she did incorrectly. Since the student did such a great job with her multiplication tables I wanted to challenge her with division flashcards. It took her longer to answer these questions but she essentially did a good job. I explained that division was just a different form of multiplication. Lastly we reviewed her practice worksheet from her last session and discussed any problem areas. the student did a good job with this worksheet. I left the student with new practice problems to work on during the week. I also suggested that she buy some multiplication and division flashcards to help her practice on the go."
"We studied for her test in math. I took her through her review guide and came up with new questions based on the ones she had been working on. We reviewed order of operations as well."
"The night before the test, I spoke with the students to cover a few questions on number lines. On Wednesday, we played some online math games to reinforce their skills."
"Today we worked on average rate of change in preparation for the student's next unit in school. We also devoted half of our time to exam prep: specifically graphing linear inequalities. We recorded the three steps needed to solve them, including using a test point to figure out which side to shade. She found that really helpful (as she also found the rise/run method of graphing with slope). In light of her recent test scores, we decided she needed longer practice sets for each week and she was assigned a set of problems that is due mid-week."
"We went over several chapters about algebra I. There was a practice exam given last week, and the student can get credits back by fixing the problems she missed. She was able to fix the problems by the end of the session."
"Today we began the session with math, since we did not do any math the last time. I asked her what concepts she was covering in school, and she said elapsed time. I gave her some elapsed time problems, and at first, she forgot how to figure them out. Once I reviewed this with her a little bit, she got the hang of it. I was really happy to see that she was catching on to these types of problems. After elapsed time, I gave her subtraction problems (some of them were word problems) just to make sure she doesn't forget subtraction. We also reviewed multiplication, which she still struggles with at times. I left her with extra multiplication practice to complete before our next session. For reading comprehension, she read a passage and answered multiple choice/short answer questions. She completed these questions easily. I am really happy with how well today's session went."