Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the student's assignments from the last session which included dividing two digit numbers by a one digit number and multiplying two digit numbers by a one digit number. Her multiplication was perfect. She had a more difficult time with division (when to take the divisor into the whole number or the first number). So we practiced that and we will continue to do so. We also started to talk about geometry. We focused on identifying basic shapes. Then we worked on findings the perimeter and area of a quadrilateral. We will revisit this - she understood the concepts but was having a hard time distinguishing between the two. Finally, we worked with coordinates. Using a blank grip, she identified the point where a set of coordinates would be. For homework Megan has three assignments. Division and multiplication using larger numbers and identifying the coordinates of given points on a graph."
"During this session, the student and I worked on dividing with decimals. During the last session, the student explained that this is not a topic that he was familiar with. He and I went through some guided practice on how to find the quotient when dealing with decimals. He was also able to do some mixed review with evaluating the power, finding the product, and writing numbers in standard form. For the second part of the session, he played Tony's Fraction Pizza Shop, which allows him to evaluate fractions based on scenarios."
"Today the student and I had a little introduction session. We talked about her interests, and then we worked through a math-exploration handbook I wrote. This was just to get a feel of where she was. This involved addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. She has difficulty moving from word problems to numbers- If she slows down to double check everything then her work would have been much stronger. She did well in the addition and subtraction, but the multiplication and division was a bit difficult for her. I think we're both looking forwards to another math-adventure book next week!"
"I used illustrations on a tablet and dice rolls to demonstrate adding multiple numbers at a time. After repeating the process a couple times he found the total of the rolls accurately and quickly. I also briefly covered subtracting numbers by showing it as the opposite of addition. Between tasks I had him solve some increasingly difficult number puzzles"
"We went over unit 6 of integrated math. Will finish next time. Overall, good progress. The student is remembering unit 2 well and its concepts."
"This was my first meeting with the student and I was surprised that she seemed to already have a fairly good grasp algebra and math skills. We started the session by talking through a few sections of math material using a test prep book as a guide. I had expected this to take up the bulk of the course but she was already comfortable with the material so we moved on. Her previous tutor had covered some basic algebra 2 and physics skills (sin/cos/tan, vectors, basic kinematics) but only in the very most basic detail. I decided to elaborate on this material and together we worked a few practice problems. I will email her some homework for our next session. Now that I have a better sense of where she stands, it will be easier to plan for the future."
"I met and spoke with the student and his parents about his tutoring needs, his very competitive math magnet school, and his summer math assignments. After meeting everyone I did a quick 30 minute lesson to assess his familiarity with concepts tested at the end of his grade in the math core program. He was very quick with math and will benefit from previewing all the concepts he will learn over the coming year."
"The student and I finished the summer packet his teacher sent home with him for the summer. We started out by reviewing ratios and integers, and we moved into our primary lesson on unit rate and the d=rt formula. He loves sports, so we were able to move into sports analogies very well with the rate formula. He seemed to struggle a bit with the concept of rate, but when we actually set out to apply it, he did very well. We talked about how this would play out in a NASCAR race or on a soccer pitch, and he impressed me with his understanding. At the end, we moved to review from another book he has. We spent our final time reviewing geography--both the geography of MO and the capitals of each state."
"We covered all the topics that will be on the student's final exam. The topics consist of ANOVA, Chi-square, F-test, F-ratio, confidence intervals and etc. He looked confident in doing some of the procures he need to execute for each problem and in doing some of the calculations. He did ask me a few questions here and there. We used his old homework questions to review, and I gave him pointers on what he should do to prepare for his test, like have the formula he needs already out, maybe even right them all on one piece of paper. I told him to do the review with a timer and for him to do it by himself. Then check his work and study any thing he has missed."
"First tutoring session. The student is taking Calc 3 for the second time, and is looking for an overview of the material before his class this Fall. I printed a Calc 3 syllabus and asked him what went well the previous time he took it. He thought the middle section of the course went well, but the beginning and ending sections went poorly. We decided to start at the beginning. We started with Vectors in 2D and 3D space. We worked a series of problems. I asked him to work a few problems from the 3-D Vectors Section. We will go over the problems and any questions he has Monday."
"We cover all the topics from the first session. These include: Functions, exponents, fractions, linear equations and expressions, quadratic equations and expressions, system of equations and word problems. She has improved greatly as she recognizes the materials when they are hidden in the problems. She needs to practice solving these problems and must review what she has covered often. It helps her speed in working problems."
"Today we worked with some review covering the real number system, coordinate geometry, and solving equations with the quadratic formula. This session was successful. I hoped to cover some material with circles, but we will get to cover that information next time. Overall a very good session."