Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we spent about a half hour reviewing sections 6.4-6.6, on which the student will be tested on Thursday. These sections cover percent change, application of percents (tips and commissions), and simple interest rate. We did 2-4 practice problems per section. In the percent change problems he still occasionally struggled with increasing an original amount BY something or TO something. In the former case, you are given the amount change. In the latter, you are given the new amount. He just has to go slowly, and define each piece of information that he is given in the problem. For example if a problem is given as "45 is increased to 50" then I have him write "45= original amount" and "50= new amount." He did very well with the application of percent problems. He now seems to fully grasp how to write the part out of a total as x/total. He also did well with the interest rate problems. We will do further review today, in the hopes that he will be fully prepared for tomorrow! I will try asking him to come up with some problems on his own."
"The student and I reviewed proportions, dosage and safe range, military time, scientific notation, and Roman numerals. He was very enthusiastic about the material and tackled each problem in a way that was very effective. He has become very organized in his studying, which has clearly benefited him greatly. We will meet once more tomorrow so that he will be prepared for part 1 of his final on Friday."
"We went over the law of cosines, the law of sines, and the unit circle. We solved an entire packet of word problems as well as graphed a few functions using the unit circle."
"We continued to go over 2.1 in her book on conjectures and inductive reasoning. The review today helped her understand it well and keep up with the pace of the course. As long as she can do some practice on her own as well as with me, then she will understand this section skillfully."
"The student has a quiz tomorrow on finding the area of both parallelograms and triangles. He reviewed the formulas with me and then did 10 online review problems given to him by his teacher. When given a straightaway problem, he finds the answer easily, but finds word problems or two-part visuals more tricky. When the problem becomes harder, he often rushes the computation steps and this can result in the wrong answer. He knows the formula well, so I am hoping he can slow down enough to not make simple errors on the quiz. Next time we meet we will review decimals and other computation skills that he has learned in the past."
"We worked on reviewing variables and expressions for the student's upcoming test on Thursday. I quizzed him on the properties of math (associative, inverse, etc.) to start, and he knows how to use each property, just not by name. He was able to identify each property with his notes as reference. He did very well at writing expressions from word problems, as well as substituting numbers in for variables in expressions. We had some discussion on math theory about how adding is related to multiplication and how multiplication relates to exponents."
"Today, we focused solely on the student's upcoming algebra test. We worked through all the review sheets for Chapters 1-7. We covered only chapter 7 last week, so we spent the majority of the time on 1-6. He is very comfortable with solving systems of equations, but he had forgotten some of the older material."
"We reviewed some problems from the student's geometry homework that were challenging, but he picked them up right away! We then moved to chem and covered reaction rates and how to solve for them given experimental data. He just needs to write all his work down and he will solve these with no problems."
"The student and I went over his test preparation for Geometry (law of sines and cosines), and Chemistry (naming alkanes and oil chemistry). If he works neatly he will do Geometry very well, no major conceptual problems there. In Chemistry, he just needs to memorize a few principles in the way his teacher wants to hear on his test (how does smell work, what is fracking / cracking)."
"The student is currently studying the conversions between degrees and radians of circles. We reviewed the table, and reviewed the formulas for length of arcs and sectors of circles. We completed a worksheet on both topics. I notice that she is making fewer mistakes in her work, which is an indicator that she is retaining her class material and paying more attention to detail."
"I worked with the student on a reading comprehension passage and questions. The reading passage was "A Response to 9-1-1." He did well with the reading. After he completed the reading, we moved to working onto vocabulary words and identifying the definitions by using the context in the passage. Next we worked on matching, and multiple choice questions. He did well referring back to the passage to find the answer for the questions. We also worked on extended response questions. This appeared to be a little more difficult for him, as he had a hard time making the connections between the text and real life situations. With teacher prompting and guidance, he was able to successfully complete those questions. He is a sweet student who worked hard for me. He told me that school was going well and he was performing well in his classes. Excellent student."
"Today we covered Finding limits using conjugates, L'Hopital's rule, and finding the area under a curve. The student was struggling most with L'Hopital's rule, but we did many examples and she did a very good job with picking up how to go about taking the limit using it. The student had a very good attitude and was eager to learn and grasp the material. I included certain things that her professor skipped over during class so she could see every step to solving the problems. Her professor gave her lots of practice problems so she has those to work on. I have no concerns from this session and think she is doing a great job with the difficult subject of calculus."