Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I furthered her knowledge on rates and ratios. We learned what a unit rate is and how to calculate it. We also worked on challenging word problems involving multi-step division."
"The majority of today's 1 hour session consisted of reviewing the student's homework. We solved word problems dealing with money (addition and subtraction), basic algebra word problems, long division, converting word descriptions to numerical values (i.e. eight hundred seventy six dollars and fifty five cents --> $876.55). There was also a greater than/equal to/less than problems and a geometry problem. We reviewed division flash cards at the end. He is getting better at solving the division tables that he hasn't memorized by making logical assumptions. He is starting to conceptualize and narrow down the answer options, which is something he wasn't doing before...before he was simply memorizing or reaching the answer by reaching from the previous table (7x5=35, 35+10=45, 45-3=42). He is definitely improving on his mathematical strategies. Long division is right where he is at as far as the amount of steps to achieve the answer while maintaining focus. Good session."
"The student and I met to go over the questions that will appear on her final. She has been preparing answers, and we spent our session with me quizzing her on different parts of the questions."
"During this session, the student and I covered trigonometry. We discussed which angles the student should memorize the sine and cosine for to be prepared for the "no calculator" part of the IB exam. We also looked at the cyclic nature of sine and cosine and how, when we do use a calculator, we are only are given one value, but if we have a negative value for the sine of an angle and we need to give the angle as a value between zero and two pi, we can just add two pi. We also looked at how to find the area of a triangle and how to find the area of a sector of a circle. We ended by looking at the limitations of f(x) when f(x) = Acos(bx+c)+d."
"We focused today's session on triangles again. We kept practicing the concept of interior and exterior angles, and how to find them given one or two other angles (either as numbered degrees or as equations with a variable). The student has definitely mastered this concept now. She is very careful with her math and rarely makes mistakes once she understands the steps of a process. I want to keep challenging her, so even though her class is still working on more simple triangle and angle calculations, I want to move forward a bit and introduce her to the Pythagorean Theorem. I will bring some worksheets and give her a little mini lesson over the next few sessions. I think this will be the next direction her class goes, and I would like her to be ahead of the curve since she is doing so well! She really loves triangles, and I think she will enjoy a new concept that keeps her learning."
"First thing we went over was the student's math test. I realized, from looking at it, that she had done very well on the first pages. The few mistakes on the first page were entirely small calculation errors. She apparently had a short time to finish it. We talked about strategies when a test overwhelms and how to cope. We then began to review her homework."