Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has summer math, and she is working her way through the packet. We also refreshed decimals, percents and fractions conversions. She has homework problems to do by next session."
"We went over graphing with the student's TI-83 and reviewed 5 problems from her homework packet. She is to review her packet before I see her next."
"The student and I met today for 2 hours, working on Math for the first hour and Reading Comprehension for the second hour. I had left a 4th grade level Mathematics workbook and a 5th grade level Reading Comprehension workbook with her to start working on until we could meet again today. We began by reviewing problems she completed in the Math book, which included addition and subtraction of multiple-digit numbers and basic multiplication by 1-digit numbers. She had a few small errors with borrowing in her arithmetic and I instructed her in how to show all her work until she becomes more comfortable using mental math with larger numbers. When we began working on multiplication it became apparent to me that she does not have her times tables memorized, mostly numbers 6-9. I assured her that times tables flash cards and more practice would help re-solidify those. After some more practice exercises she became more comfortable with multiplication by 1-digit numbers and we moved onto 2-digit numbers fairly well. We began the first unit of the Reading Comprehension section together. It focused on identifying facts. After only the first exercise I realized her reading comprehension is much better than her level in math. Her biggest struggle is with unknown vocabulary, which is to be expected as a non-native speaker. I instructed her to highlight unknown words she came across at home in order for us to discuss them during our sessions. I left her with homework to continue working in the lessons we touched on in both workbooks before our next session tomorrow morning."
"Today he had math homework over inequalities and negative numbers. He has a great grasp of inequalities. However, he would often need to be reminded to use reciprocals when dividing fractions. I instructed him on ways to check the answer, which will lead him to realize that although the calculator can correctly surmise the solution, he must first arrange the correct equation. He has gotten markedly better at recognizing the difference between a simile and a metaphor. In the previous sessions this took more attention. However, he can now recognize this forms nestled within a larger text. As he had mentioned liking Bob Dylan, we discussed one of his song's lyrics as a poem, looking specifically at imagery, metaphor, similes, allusions, and rhyme-scheme. Based on his improved understanding of these materials over the past two weeks, he should do well on his exams, so long as he takes his time. I will continue to stress to him that he can use the extra time on a test to review his work."
"The student and I went over three topics of integration in preparation for her upcoming test. We went over integration by parts, and two techniques for integrating volumes. Once I explained to her what was going on during the set up, she seemed to grasp how to apply the techniques appropriately."
"We went over log and ln for her test. We also worked on the sample test her teacher gave her. She worked a lot of examples and we delved into the problems where she had issues, and came up with strategies to easily solve them."