Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This evening was all about probability, combinations, and permutations. We went over many of the formulas for these types of problems and spent extra time making sure these formulas made sense conceptually. She asked for some help with these concepts at the beginning, but she quickly grasped them and was able to explain them to me by the end."
"We covered chapter 4 today, which consisted of problem solving using three linear equations. Afterwards, I timed the student with over 40 problems. These 40 problems tested her on her ability to get linear equations, perpendicular lines, parallel lines, x and y intercepts, etc. She did an incredible job and was highly motivated. She also checked every single answer to catch anything. There is significant improvement in her test taking approach. I left her to make a couple of flashcards with mathematical properties."
"This was my first session with the student, and it went great! We first discussed the structure of his class and homework and how I can best help him succeed. I learned he wanted help with multiplying/dividing fractions and long division problems involving decimals. I helped him complete his homework and went over some extra practice problems from school (there were still some left after the session, but we did a few from each section). I also wrote some practice problems for him, which we went over together. Over the course of the lesson, he was improving at the types of problems we worked on."
"We went over his math homework covering graphing trends and proportions. We completed the homework assignment and discussed the topics of recognizing trends on a graph and using a graph to interpret information. We concluded session by discussing and proofreading his essay."
"We began reviewing for the student's final exam. We specifically covered how to factor polynomial equations and how to identify the transformation of a parent function (e.g. vertical stretch, vertical shift, and horizontal shift). She feels fairly comfortable with the material, but she felt that she needed a refresher on the concepts. After reviewing for the final, she wanted me to read over her English essay. She is a very talented writer and I was quite impressed by her ideas. Nevertheless, her ideas need more organization. We discussed the importance of outlining and began outlining her paper together. Overall, she found the whole process to be very beneficial. I have no concerns from this session."
"The student got an A on her math test last week, so she is very happy about that. She has another test this week, so we covered the review packet for it. Specifically, we covered the commutative, associative, identity, and distributive properties. She understands all four of them very well. We also worked on combining like terms on her homework. She did very well with that concept as well."
"For the first student, we discussed trouble areas based on past tests, study and work procedure as well as possible test taking techniques. Asked her to work on extra problems from her book to help study for midterm. For the second student, we discussed problem areas and experiences with tests. Asked him to grade the work that he did in class and for homework to see more specifically where he is having difficulty."
"Reviewed the final one last time. The student ended up having some problems with the last set of problems dealing with continuous functions and derivatives. I gave him some tips on how to successfully prove continuity and reminded him of the mean value theorem to use in his questions. He seemed to understand the material better after our review. He has his final due Tuesday."
"The student's homework was to practice working on equivalent fractions. She did well on this. I also introduced subtracting integers and reviewed adding integers. We worked on her reading comprehension by reading a passage and answering follow up questions. Lastly, we talked about the writing process, why writing is important, and how to distinguish a good writer from a great writer."
"The student has an Algebra II test this week but first he needed help with Physics homework. He is studying momentum and this took about 40 min, then we spent the balance of the time on Algebra II."
"Today, the student and I met from noon until 1:30 at the library. We reviewed all concepts for her final exam. Topics included graphing, functions, system of linear equations, matrices, logarithms, exponential functions, graphing a line, domain/range, factoring, finding zeroes, graphing quadratics, etc. Tomorrow is her final exam. I feel as though she has a good handle on the majority of the material. She needs to commit to memory some formulas, but overall, she has a good knowledge of the material at this point."
"The student and I continued working on related rates. We did a variety of problems (geometric, speed, and volume) and focused specifically on changing angles and trig functions. She is very proficient and has a great understanding of these problems. We will start working on the review packet next time."