Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on some subtraction and division problems as his teachers had recommended. He wasn't making many mistakes, but I encouraged him to try to keep his work orderly and straight so as to not make mistakes. I encouraged him to try to draw lines to separate the tens place from the hundreds, etc. We did a word problem and I was impressed to see that he used the 4-square format that his teacher had been working on. We then finished with algebraic expressions to find perimeters and areas of rectangles. He got the hang of it. I showed him basic algebraic equations."
"Today the student and I worked very hard on covering the trickier concepts of trigonometry and, in particular, graphing sin and cos functions. We made a lot of progress in covering the necessary concepts and did a few practice problems. I plan to go over it in more detail and build her understanding up a bit more. There is a major transition of thinking when applying the principle of "function transformation" to periodic functions. Still, by the end of the session, that transition was starting to take place."
"The student and I practiced addition with three-digit numbers. We used chips marked with 1, 10, and 100 to help with carrying. We reviewed a homework worksheet where she had to find the missing number that completed the addition sentence."
"Topic: Binomial distribution and probability. I will send a page of notes and also a practice problem for her to do on her own tomorrow. We need to catch up on the homeworks and, more importantly, improve the speed on the math basics and calculations."
"This session the student wanted to begin by going over his homework which was on percents and ratios. I observed that he tends to move too fast and miss small but significant details, which causes him to do more work than necessary. For the most part, however, he understands the material and is ready to move to the next concept. Afterward, we did more work with the textbook, and reviewed how to identify the constants, coefficients, variables, and factors of a term or expression. We also talked about the product property of exponents, which The student seemed to understand so I gave him homework on the subject, along with the baseline test for the textbook."
"Today we went over the first student's homework. The concepts covered were transformations - identifying them and transforming them onto the graph. We were able to get through her entire assignment. The other student needed to finish his homework on one step equations, multiplying and dividing. After he finished, we looked ahead and started working on solving inequalities."