Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered constant of proportionality, testing ordered pairs (x,y) that satisfy equations, evaluating functions, completing function tables, and Geometry intro."
"The student and I worked on multiplying fractions and word problems in preparation for the math test on fractions. He had math homework on multiplying fractions so he completed it. I reminded him he needs to make sure he checks his work and works slowly to avoid mistakes. I also reinforced positive things he needs to say to himself so he keeps his confidence up and reminded him of all the specific steps he knows and does well."
"The student and I reviewed a homework assignment in which she had to add up monthly expenses, calculate the percent of each expense, convert the percentage into degrees and construct a pie chart of the results. She also had to use the chart to answer several analysis questions. She needed help converting the percentages to degrees for the chart, but once she knew how to do it was confident with it. She is getting much better at using a protractor to find angles."
"Today we worked on the Pythagorean theorem, order of operations, equations, integer operations, and surface area of rectangular prisms."
"The student brought a worksheet that covered adding/subtracting monomials and variable exponent rules. He was initially confused about how to add like terms with variables, exponents, and coefficients, but after minimal explanation, he picked it up quickly. The biggest issues were little mistakes, such as overlooking double negatives when distributing the negative signs with parentheses. He demonstrated good knowledge with multiplying exponents. There were many problem questions, so he worked on a few that I specifically highlighted, and then we moved on to the next section. The second section contained many questions as well and involved dividing multiple variables with negative exponents. He had worked on these problems before the session on a separate sheet of paper, but had just misunderstood what to do with the exponents. Again, with minimal explanation after working on a few problems, he demonstrated proficient understanding. Because of the large number of work problems, we covered the most important math problems. The biggest point I stressed was that dividing variables works the same way as multiplying variables, except that for multiplying you "add the exponents", and for dividing you "subtract the exponents". The biggest issue was overlooking double negatives when subtracting exponents. However, this was a small issue and he quickly learned from this. I looked at his calendar and noted the next topics he will be covering. I used this to write a few sample problems to prepare him for the next topics he hadn't covered yet, as best as I could discern (while he corrected his work on the 2nd section). Lastly, we briefly went over the next scheduled topic (multiplying monomials) so he can be ready when his teacher covers the next topic in class. I gave the sample problems as notes . The student had a good attitude and understanding throughout the session, and he affirmed that he had no questions or confusions with his class homework at the end. The homework he received is good drilling practice to solidify the concepts."
"The student and I worked primarily on word problems where we had to set up the equation and then solve the problem. Beyond that, the problems we worked on were simple equations and systems of equations which included solving for the perimeter of a shape. We also worked on Slope-Intercept form and Standard form equations. Throughout our work the student asked good questions and worked well on the problems. We will continue to work on the actual set up of equations and solve them accordingly."