Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is working on review for the state assessment exams. She had to complete two sheets that will be graded by her teacher. The topics covered a variety of questions that are taught towards the end of the year. An entire sheet was focused on the rules of exponents. With each rule was an example for her to complete on the back. Overall, she did well. With more practice in the next few weeks, I feel that she will do well on the exams."
"We went over solving and graphing equations and inequalities. By the end of the session, the student demonstrated he understood the work by performing the exercises correctly."
"Today the student and I reviewed for his test. The areas we covered were Standard Error, Mean Squared Error, and Mean Absolute Error. We also covered Stem and Leaf Tables and Box and Whisker Plots. We worked on his organization when showing his work on paper (organizing his error tables and showing all of the steps to solving the problem). I also noticed that his ones and twos looked very similar and he was mixing them up, so I had him change the way he writes his ones in order to distinguish them from his twos. By writing down every step instead of doing some of the steps in his head, he can avoid simple arithmetic errors and see where mistakes are made. I also explained to him the importance of being neat when plotting graphs from data and making 'best fit' lines, and to make sure that the x-axis and y-axis units are the same size to make sure he comes up with the correct slope and y-intercept. I will send some practice problems to him via email. He did a good job following directions and learning new strategies. For the exam, I encouraged him to complete the easier problems first and then work on the more tedious ones."
"The student had a test coming up on Wednesday that she wanted to prepare for as her first test of the new semester. The topics covered include naming polynomial terms, being able to write terms in standard form, being able perform addition, multiplication, and subtraction of polynomials, translating between scientific and standard notation, and solving word problems involving both polynomials and scientific notation. We split her review packet into two practice tests. The first time, she received a 81.25%, missing three problems, most of which had to do with failing to simplify the fraction. After reviewing these errors, I had her retest with the second half of the packet, and her score improved to a 93%. We will meet again on Thursday of this week."
"The student and I went over solving systems of equations and systems of inequalities, and we set up systems of equations from data in word problems. He indicated that some of the material in this unit is a little difficult, but he seems to have a pretty good handle on working through most of the problems."
"The student completed her Unit 3 test (and did very well on it). She demonstrated mastery of all of the concepts we had covered in this unit."