Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's math homework included all of the concepts we've covered in the last few sessions: finding area and circumference of a circle using the formulas (pi x radius squared and diameter x pi); finding angle measurements in supplementary angles; using the conversion chart to find equivalent liquid measurements (pints to cups and ounces, for example); and finding the area of odd shapes. The angle questions seemed to be the easiest for him, and he also did well on finding the area of circles and shapes as long as I was helping him. The conversion problems were probably the most difficult because they involved so many steps. I encouraged him to take his time and think about what the problem is asking him to do - he tends to rush and assume the problems are simple when they actually involve multiple steps and calculations. We will work on this habit in the next session."
"Today, we worked on reviewing for his math final in a few weeks. We worked on evaluating negative exponents, simple interest, and compound interest. In addition, we reviewed the skills we worked on last time (Pythagorean theorem, volume of a sphere, area of trapezoids). Next session, we are going to spend a few minutes at the beginning organizing his notes from our sessions, then continue reviewing."
"I assisted the student in creating study materials for science finals. We also went over math problems/concepts that confused him in class. We set up a plan of action of material to go over before next session and what would be covered in the next session. The student has a very positive attitude and is excellent to work with. If anything, mistakes made were the result of not slowing down and taking in the information. I am excited to continue our work together."
"Today we worked on algebra-based physics problems in preparation for the student's final exam for science class. She solved the equations easily - the hard part is always setting them up correctly. We also did more review for the algebra final. This review is important for the student as she needs to be reminded of previous topics, but it does not take long for the previous knowledge to come back. As always, continuous practice is extremely helpful."
"We reviewed solving quadratic equations by factoring, completing the square and quadratic equation, radical expressions, and polynomials. The student's attitude toward the material that was reviewed was excellent. The student is doing software review for homework. She is a very strong student, and she has made great progress."
"We went over a probability set. The student at the beginning was relying mostly on his memory and his ability to recognize which problem can be assigned to which formula. I had to slow him down, bring back the meaning of each formula, and show how all the formulas can be brought down to a couple of fundamental principles."