Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on defining the cross-product. We discussed the nature of this vector product and the different things that it calculates."
"Today I met with the student for the first time to work on pre-calculus. Her class is working on trig identities and sums of trig functions. We started by reviewing a recent quiz on summing trig functions. I described a detailed method for determining the amplitude and phase shift of a resulting function, and then we learned faster ways to calculate these values (which I justified as being equivalent to the more detailed method). After reviewing the quiz we worked through some homework problems, and were able to get a good chunk of them done before the session was over."
"The student is working on sequences and series. He seems to have a pretty good grasp on the topic, he makes little mistakes, and had some concepts misunderstood, but we got those cleared up."
"Subtraction concepts and school worksheets were reviewed. Points, lines, and line segments were also reviewed, with examples. Order of operations was reviewed. The student did very well with the concepts and the applications. He was very comfortable working with the concepts. He also stated that he had gotten 100% on the last two tests in math. He then did the addition three minute drill and completed 28 problems (7 more than last time), with a perfect score."
"The student and I had another great session working on 4th grade math concepts. This week, our focus was entirely on fractions. We continued to work through one of her fourth grade notebooks. The first thing that we tackled was recognizing simplified fractions and reducing fractions to their simplest form. Foreshadowing a theme of the day, it took only a few (missed) examples for her to pick up the concept and do it successfully. We moved on to labeling images with the proper mixed number and improper fraction. Using mixed numbers appeared to be something that she had already done, but the idea of an improper fraction had to be explained to her. I feel reasonably confident that I helped her gain the ability to label an image with an improper fraction properly. We then naturally transitioned to using different steps to convert a mixed number to an improper fraction and vice versa. We then added fractions with like denominators (a breeze for her) and finished with adding fractions with different denominators. We will certainly need to work on this last step at the beginning of next session due to the multi-step nature of these problems. That said, she has thus far proven herself to be an exceptionally quick learner. I look forward to a continued exploration of these concepts."
"We covered systems of equations in the online system. The student is getting better at showing his work and thinking through higher-level problems. He is definitely becoming self-sufficient. Additional practice was provided to solidify the content and we did enrichment work on the online system."