Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student started out by working on her homework for math class. The homework was covering fractions with the same denominators and how to compare them. We discussed what a denominator and a numerator was and why the greater numerator would lead to a greater fraction. We also talked about how the "whole" of a fraction makes a difference in determining the amount. We then went over a recent test that she took at school, in which she struggled with reading a question correctly and with performing her calculations right. These questions were easy to figure out. We then looked at two questions in which her thinking was right, but her strategy led her astray. It was helpful to talk to her and show her how to put her thinking down on paper so she does not get confused. In order to practice her multiplication facts, we played a few card games and ended with a "math mistakes" worksheet in which she needed to correct another "student's" work on multiplication and division. Next time we will work on more multiplication and division related facts."
"We covered mathematical problems involving circles and shifts in their equations. We also covered standard formulas and how they relate to circles."
"The student had a few questions regarding exponential functions. We discussed her questions and reviewed the meaning of each variable in the basic equation. We then discussed the meaning of an exponential function in relation to interest. Then we applied these concepts to discussing more difficult word problems including half life."
"We reviewed for the student's math quiz and test this week. He seemed comfortable with graphing exponential equations. Generally his understanding of the word problems related to exponential growth and decay was quite good. I taught him Euler's number in preparation of him learning this in class, and encouraged him to study this further. He had a very clear understanding of ideal gas behavior as related to his chemistry packet, and easily explained Boyle's and Charles' laws, and how they relate to a barometer or thermometer. He seems quite prepared for his chemistry quiz."
"The student and I took a tour of first grade math today! We started by doing her homework for the day, which focused mainly on what I like to call "number machines." She had the concept down, so after we finished, we went back and went through the concepts she had worked on with her class after our last session. I noticed that time was still a little confusing, so we used her whiteboard to practice things like "half past" and "quarter to." I explained that the clock was like a pie, and if she and I shared it, we would split it down the center line, from 12-6. If our sisters wanted some, we would split it again from 9-3. I think this made the halves and quarters easier to remember. We then finished up by reading "popcorn" style and I was able to talk to her teacher about specific things we can work on for next session. This includes writing in greater detail and self-correcting her journal entries."
"We finished the student's preparation for the non-calculator portion of his test. We covered the fundamental formulas of trigonometry and their applications to identities. Overall he has a good grasp of trigonometry."