Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over a review for the student's upcoming test this week. We went over shifting parent graphs and graphing."
"We went over practice problems that her mother printed out for the state test. We were only able to get through the first 10 problems, but we spent a lot of time discussing why certain answers were wrong, and solving the problems using more than one method. She is a lot better at the math. Tomorrow, we will focus on the free response questions."
"We reviewed the student's algebra homework. He has started a new chapter. The new topic was multiplying and dividing fractions with polynomials. The first step was to factor each polynomial. Then we cancelled out any of the factors that we could and finished the problem by multiplying through. We talked about what the reciprocal of a number is. We also talked about how to divide fractions. We do this by flipping the divisor and multiplying it by the dividend."
"The student and I went over the study guide for the upcoming test. We had a difficult time getting to all of the materials. We did cover piece functions, basic equations of parabolas, cubic equations, and absolute value equations. We also went over using the point-slope equation and graphing linear and quadratic equations. We also went over transformations and inverse functions."
"This session, the student and I got some extra work done and reviewed Chapter 2.1, which is the next chapter in her book. This section was on problems involving inductive reasoning and conjectures. Basically, we focused on a pattern shown within a problem, and then we made up a conclusion summing up the problem's pattern. The types of homework problems we reviewed were patterns, algebraic, geometric, data, and counterexamples. Since this was a new topic, I mainly focused on doing the problems with her rather than having her figure out the problems on her own. Towards the end, I had her try some problems on her own. She completed the problems correctly. She will be very prepared for the next section tomorrow. Hopefully, with all the knowledge she learned today, tomorrow's lesson won't be repetitive and boring."
"The student and I went over various topics to help solidify her studying for her final. We specifically went over compound inequalities, simplification of radicals, and some word problems. She has her final tomorrow ,so I gave her some tips on how to focus on the test, how to approach taking the test, and scoring the highest grade possible. I also gave her some areas to focus her studying. She seemed very happy at the end of our session and was very positive about taking the final."
"During today's session, the student and I worked on both reading and writing. We began the session by having him complete the weekly writing assignment I give him to complete. After working on this, we moved to spelling. The student will need some help with vowel sounds especially silent "e." The student does well with letter blends, but has difficulties with vowels. After completing this, we moved onto reading. We read articles about the National Guard and California. He is becoming very comfortable with me and the tutoring sessions. We also worked on writing a story by using the others sentences in writing to produce a writing assignment. For the next session, we will work on vowel sounds in words."
"I introduced the student to an educational program. He did a good job and he enjoyed the fact that it was fun at the same time. I assigned him homework assignments for the next session. I did see a lot of progress. He did a great job!"
"Tonight we did his homework check for algebra, where he is doing simplifications and cross multiplying with polynomials and fractions. He was pretty spot on with most of it, but there were 1-2 that I suggested he review with his teacher to see how he got that particular answer. He is doing well, though, so should be right on track for his homework quiz this week."
"The student and I worked on a game plan for the assessment exam writing test tomorrow. Before he writes, he will underline the prompt, make a list of possible responses, choose the one he can write the most about, and then brainstorm details to include. He will also mark where each paragraph will begin on his answer sheet before writing, to make sure he has space to include everything he wants to include."
"We focused on math this session. We covered polygons, quadrilaterals, dividing fractions, writing equations, vertices, rounding, and order of operations. Student 1 was struggling the most with remembering names of polygons. I recommended that he study the names during his free time. He was positive towards the material that was reviewed. I gave him a lesson on names of polygons and how to convert units in the metric system. I told him to review his class notes. He scored in the 90 range for his old homework assignments. He knows the concepts."
"The student and I worked on preparing for his AP Physics 1 test. We focused on working through practice problems from an AP review packet he had, as well as practice/ sample free-response questions from the AP central website."