Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with the student's homework in solving for variables in equations. These equations feature polynomials with variables often mixed, sometimes on both sides of the equation, which makes it necessary for students to show an understanding that like bases are the same exact variable and must be combined before solving for it. Her challenge was recognizing the order of operations before manipulating monomials [such as in 2x=3(x+1)] before simply adding and subtracting variables to gather them on the same side of the equation. We went to a word problem asking her to compare the ratios of difference in a cylinder between the change in size of one dimensional measurements (radius and height), with the change in volume of the object experienced after multiplying each singular dimension by 3. I worked with her to derive the formula for the volume of a cylinder (which we did referencing to the volume of a rectangular object), and she was able to predict that the change in volume would be much greater than the change in direct lengths."
"He had an exam last week. We reviewed functions, definitions of domain and range, and practiced problems that dealt with functions, domain, and range. We also discussed the logical reasons for the answers to be the appropriate domains and range and why zero cannot be the denominator."
"Today we got a head start on her upcoming chapter on trigonometric identities. The student did well with understanding the concepts, and the meanings behind them, and was able to use them to solve the problems."
"Continued to work with the student on the concept of fractions using geometric shapes. He was able to identify the parts and also write the correct fractions. We also reviewed geometric shapes for 3-8 sided shapes. He was able to identify the number of sides, angles and name the shape correctly. He did great today!"
"The student and I worked on word problems that she could possibly see on the test. She can compute problems but has trouble with reading the problem and figuring out the right equation. We worked on making sure that she labels everything she can to help her find the right answer. I also asked her to be sure to read 20 minutes every night to build her fluency."
"Today we played a timed game that I designed to help build vocabulary. The premise of the game was to write as many words as you can with any letter in the alphabet of your choice about a certain topic. We also played a brain teaser game that was designed to get the student to think abstractly and be able to solve a problem in steps. For this problem we worked together, and once I gave her the hint of making a chart to solve the problem she figured out the rest on her own."