Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed 4 sections for the student's math quiz tomorrow. We did the practice problems for each section as well as some others to reinforce the material. After practicing a few times he picked up the concepts."
"This was my first time meeting with the student, so we spent a few minutes discussing his goals for the semester. He already has some background in this material, but after starting a higher level class found himself lost and is now taking this course (and these sessions) for reinforcement of the skills therein. He seems to struggle most with making small calculation errors and losing track in the middle of longer problems. In preparation for his upcoming exam covering quadratic functions, we began working through a list of textbook problems provided by his instructor. We covered vertex formula and began choosing appropriate approaches for solving difference equations. At the end of the session, I tasked him to continue working through the review problems on his own and to note any of them that gave him particular trouble for extra analysis at our next session."
"The student and I had our first meeting today for his Algebra 2 class. He is currently going over solving single variable equations that contain variables in fractions. We went over the steps that must be taken to solve the equations and then worked on a number of practice problems from his textbook. At first we worked slowly as he confused some of the steps, but as we went over more problems he got a better grasp of the topic. We worked through most of his homework and will continue to practice these types of problems in our subsequent meetings."
"Went over a couple problems from a practice exam. This included a problem in a gravel processing plant that effectively equated to a position/velocity/acceleration problem. There was Euler's Approximation (which she hadn't covered yet in class). The last one involved a tethered cat walking away from a tall pole and finding the rate of change of an angle therein."
"The student is behind in his pre-algebra class and is looking for help getting caught up before the final. The sections we went over today dealt with division and converting fractions to decimals, as well as work with the order of operations. He understands most of the concepts involved, but is still dealing with a language barrier. This makes it difficult for him to understand some of the terms. I explained what each of the terms in question meant, and we worked through a couple of homework assignments. He caught on quickly for the most part and showed a lot of progress during the session. We will try to meet many times over the next couple weeks to finish the two chapters he has remaining."
"We covered the introduction to Statistics, which includes identifying types of samples, central tendency, box and whisker plots and line plots. We went over her homework assignment, which was just a review for her test. She is more confident with this material."
"The student and I went over his homework problems on integration. For each problem, he had to write up a four sentence explanation of his answer. We went over Riemann integrals, computing definite integrals using signed area, and computing partial sums. The student was able to pick up the problems quickly after some prompting, but he'll need to review the subjects more."
"We covered exponential growth and decay functions finding the domain, range, increasing interval, asymptotes, and intercepts. The student has come quite a long way with these concepts. A few weeks ago she really struggled with this material and now she is doing really well with it. Not only did she make it through the assignment due for Monday but she also made it part way through what she will be going over in class for Monday!"
"Today we started with the student's math homework. He had thirty problems. We went over how to solve the equations, and then we tested out substituting numbers for x and y. The student went on to draw individual graphs for each homework problem. The last graph was the hardest, and he was able to do it all by himself. Then we went on to his writing homework. It was another 'Response to Literature' prompt about the story "Day of Tears," by Julius Lester. We put together a five paragraph essay addressing the prompt."
"We went over the student's homework assignment of definite integrals. He has a great understanding of the concepts and needs to maintain his attention to detail in order to prevent arithmetic mistakes. We worked on a Chemistry problem (Hess' law) which he was quickly able to solve."
"Worked with the student on factoring quadratic equations. He had been taught factoring binomials (greatest common factor) and the AC method of factoring quadratics, but only with A=1. Had to teach him what to do if A > 1 and how to do the factoring. Also taught him the ways to double check that his numbers work. We did not just the assigned homework, but the additional work on the back of the page his teacher supplied, for the extra practice. He is really good about writing out all of his steps for each problem, which is definitely helping him. This skill may require a bit more work before he is fully comfortable with it."
"The student and I began chapter 6, differential equations, and slope fields. She grasps the steps very easily and confidently. She will finish the homework and begin the next one, so as to have questions for me next session."