Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session started with the student and I creating a fact family project to help him remember the three related numbers when adding and subtracting. I showed him how to choose a number and place it on top of the flap of a piece of paper and underneath the flap write the two addition and two subtraction number expressions that matched each number. He chose between 6 and 9 different numbers and was able to independently complete the task for each number. Once the project was finished, the student participated in an addition and subtraction drill. His accuracy increased on both drills after completing the fact family project."
"Today we started with our standard multiplication and division timed test- the student did very well for having two week off, scoring 100% on each in less than 5 mins! We spent the rest of the session focusing on two challenge problems for a recent exam. Both were very hard but after working through them together the student was able to complete similar problems of equal difficulty on her own, I was very impressed."
"The student had a lengthy packet of math in preparation for a test. We went over finding the slope and y-intercept when given two coordinates. We specifically focused on calculating the slope by subtracting the x and y coordinates."
"I spent the first hour with the student going over a math packet. I did not see any scores/grades to note progress. The student was struggling the most with writing and solving algebraic equations. I did not leave him with extra practice (he has to finish the packet for school), and had no concerns from my session with him. I spent the last 30 minutes with student 2 going over her math packet and reviewing measurements from a workbook. I did not see any scores/grades to note progress. The student was struggling the most with reducing fractions. I had no concerns from my session with her."
"Today the student and I worked on his correction homework. The first task was to make angles using the letters of his name. Point x was plotted half way on an 8 inch line that was drawn. The student needed to space the letters of his name out evenly and then draw a line from each letter to point x to create angles. The task included multiple steps for him to follow to get a desired outcome. The student needed to label each angle and then measure with a protractor. We also completed some corrections work on plotting points on charts. He quickly reminded me that to properly plot a point you need to run and then jump. He seemed very confident with this skill. We then played a math-soccer game that the student created since it was his birthday!"
"Today the student worked on fractions: 'least common denominator/multiple'. We discussed the reason you need a LCD and similarities to previous concepts such as equivalent fractions. The remainder of his math worksheet was a review. He did very well with accuracy until long division. He continues to make basic calculation errors when he works alone. He transferred the problems to lined paper where he worked slower and neater to complete his work. He wrote out all of his multiplication facts associated with the division problem (a skill his mother taught him). He should continue to complete his division on lined paper and focus on neatness. The student learns new concepts quickly and worked diligently today."
"In this session the student and I reviewed for her test on Friday. We went through chapters on rates of change, particle motion, derivatives, and derivatives of trig functions and did practice problems and multiple choice. Then we decided on a study strategy for the next night for her."
"Worked with the student on her math homework, which was finding angles using a protractor. We spent the rest of her time reviewing her old math (the getting ready for 5th grade math). We reviewed mixed numbers, adding/subtracting/multiplying fractions and she did really well."
"Reviewed topics from last time. He has a much better understanding of long/synthetic division, rational roots theorem, finding roots, factoring equations and cubic functions. We worked on the end behavior of functions today so that he can check his graphical work against the concepts of end behavior. Multiplicities and turns are well understood. Work and sessions should focus on details such as keeping negatives/positives live in his calculations. I left the student with a few practice sheets and a detailed outline of the methods we went over."
"Met with the student, covered rational functions and solving various equations in which the x was in the denominator. Showed her how to solve for x and explained the various steps in the problems, such as not separating the variables in the denominator. The student was able to follow along and achieve the correct answers. Scheduled the next session."
"Today we went over the student's past quiz and test on derivatives and double derivatives for log, exponential, and trigonometric functions. The student did really well at getting the problem correct after the fact. We are going to start splitting the time between past assignments and quizzes and working ahead for what she is doing in class."
"Today we covered construction (parametrizing cross sections, tangent lines, and tangent planes), classifying critical points using second partial derivatives, and Lagrange multipliers. The student was able to quickly recall the methods for most of the topics, and after doing a problem together was usually able to complete problems on her own. With some review before her next exam, she should do fine with these topics."