Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session, he spent a lot of time working on the student's new presentation, which is due tonight. We picked out homework problems and problems to demonstrate during his presentation. We started working on the book about half an hour before the end of our session. We finished with chapter 5-7."
"The student and I worked on a real-life math lab assignment he had involving using measurements and formulas to find volumes of three-dimensional objects such as tennis balls in a can and air in a bicycle tube. He estimated reasonable values and we talked through how to set up the problem and solve with the estimated values."
"We first went over the assignment she was given today. Then we practiced more of the probability unit that her test will be on. I made up some similar problems to the ones that will be on the test and she showed improvement in that area."
"In this session we focused primarily on studying for the student's Algebra and Biology Finals. We reviewed some difficult chapters for each subject in his book and discussed some difficult concepts. I mapped out a game plan with him for how he should study for his finals and will continue his finals review on Friday."
"Today the student and I went over word problems involving work rates and work done. It was a concept that she was initially very confused about, but as we worked through every problem in the section, she began to gain a stronger grasp on it. It is definitely one of the more difficult concepts that we have dealt with, but the student showed a much stronger understanding by the end of the tutoring session."
"The student has a quiz on Tuesday on Chapter 12 so we went over the material for her quiz. She seemed prepared for it and we practiced some more factoring. She tends to get into the problem without trying to check to see if she can reduce, cross things out or factor anything. We worked on that and I told her to make sure she takes her time and does not rush into problems. We will meet again on Thursday and work on some more factoring."
"We continued preparing for the student's math final. She was confused about the homework for the day so we went over that first. It was mainly working with radicals and rationalizing denominators. We worked through some problems it was clear to her that all of the seemingly new concepts were very similar to those that she had already learned. When she felt comfortable with that homework, we returned to chapter 7, continuing with the practice test we made. We spent the last 20 minutes of the session reviewing mitosis and introducing meiosis."
"The student's cumulative final is coming up in a couple of weeks, so we have started going over old learning targets as well as going over the new ones. He did really well with his new material, so we went over the first 7 or so learning targets. Most of them he could do immediately, but we reviewed rules of exponents and factoring."
"We went over the chapter on the equations of lines for his final. We worked on finding slope, slope-intercept form and point-slope form. We practiced finding the equation of a line if given a slope and the y-intercept, a point and the slope, or two points. He was doing extremely well by the end of our session. He just needs to retain it all for the final."
"The student and I continued review work in Chapters 9, 10 and 11. On Monday, we will work additional problems in the areas that are most challenging for him. I expect he will be well prepared for his final on next Friday."
"The student and I worked on a study guide for his upcoming test (next Tuesday) on solving/graphing inequalities. He was able to complete two pages of the guide without help from me. I believe the student should get an A on this test (and for the class!); he has improved drastically from when I first started working with him earlier in the school year. I have no concerns from this session, and I'm very happy at how comfortable and successful he is at math."
"Quadratic equation, factoring, simplifying expressions, exponent rules, word problems. I asked the student to review and practice on his own since we only had time to learn the material. We covered all the major concepts on his final listed below. He had received a 15 on his midterm and needed an 80 to pass the class."