Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we worked on the lab problem where CPI-U data was given for a previous year and we had to pick three data points, and calculate the parameters of the quadratic function to fit these three data. Then we had to calculate derivatives of CPI-U in month 1 and 12 and interpret these results in terms of value of dollar."
"Today the student and I continued preparing for the beginning of algebra one. We continued practice with manipulating equations and isolating a specific variable. This is material I expect him to encounter his 3rd or 4th week so we should be well ahead of schedule. When I see him on Thursday he should have some class material so we can start preparing him for his first exam."
"We began the session by working through some of the problems found on the website. The student's arithmetic is quite good. He struggles most with recalling formulas. After a problem is worked to a point where numbers can be substituted he can quite readily solve most problems. He also sometimes gets tripped up by going to fast and trying to group multiple steps together. Reminding him to re-write the equation after every step seemed to alleviate most of those issues. I recommend the use of flashcards to improve recall of basic formulas for things like area, volume, and perimeter. Additional practice problems will help with being comfortable reading problems and arriving at a solution path."
"We spent the day covering basic algebra concepts that would aid the student in preparation for her upcoming algebra 2 course and standardized tests. We covered sets (unions and intersections), sequences (geometric and arithmetic), permutations and combinations, solving systems of equations, and long division."
"We practiced more with adding and subtracting fractions whether they are typical fractions or mixed numbers. I'm hoping that the student's getting the hang of them. To see if he's getting the hang of them, I've assigned him two pages of homework. One page is on adding fractions and the other page is subtracting fractions. As a challenge, I had him do a hard problem (simply because he wanted to challenge himself) that involved adding two fractions that had large numbers. I gave him a fraction problem with large numbers in the millions with a lot of zeros. This required him to use previous knowledge such as multiplying and dividing regular numbers with zeros, and reducing fractions. I thought this challenging problem was a good review for the student and he seems to remember most of the previous areas that we went through before! I'm happy to see that!"
"The student finished his packet and we checked all of his answers. He was able to immediately fix the small number of mistakes he did make, and we circled a few to ask the teacher about. After this I made sure he knew about all the topics from the 7th grade geometry unit, including: perimeter and area of 2D shapes, surface area, volume, and scale measurements. He should definitely be ready to start his geometry class next week."