Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we discussed the student's math homework -- a worksheet on number lines and decimals. We discussed the meaning of the tens place and the hundreds place, because she struggled a little with figuring out how to translate a halfway point between notches on the number line into numerical form. I gave her some extra practice with identifying digits places that are past the decimal and with conceptualizing decimals (i.e., what does it mean that the number is written in this way? or that the decimal is in this part of the number?). After that, she had an easier time with the worksheet. Next, she did her science homework for the next day. This unit was on electricity. She read each lesson passage aloud, then completed the questions on a separate sheet. She was able to complete most problems without prompting or corrections, but there were a couple of answers that were incorrect. For those, I asked her leading questions, and I asked her to back up her answers by showing me where in the lesson readings she had found the answers. Also, when she asked me a question or seemed unsure of an answer, I asked her to show me where she could find the appropriate information. With this kind of prompting, she was able to answer everything and stay on track the entire time. Finally, I quizzed her on multiples and factors. We looked at a couple of different ways to find factors, prime vs. composite factors, factor trees, and difference between a multiple and a factor."
"During this session, homework dealing with systems of equations was reviewed. Lastly, binomial distributions using calculators were reviewed, including homework in preparation for the next day's quiz."
"Topics Covered: ***AP Review*** - Interpretation of functions and their derivatives - Polar coordinates - Trig identities"
"After a few quick "get to know you" conversations, we got started going over unit 6.6 for the student's MAT 121 class. The unit centered around factoring polynomial equations to find possible values of X, or the x-intercept points of a function. We reviewed his homework problems and addressed any questions that he had. He seemed very confident in his ability to factor trinomials into binomials, but there were a few problems where he wasn't sure exactly how to get started. We reviewed those few cases and went through some helpful steps he can take so that he doesn't get stuck on future problems. To finish up, we discussed his syllabus, talked about the next few topics coming up in class, and made plans to review for his upcoming quiz next Wednesday. We will prepare for the quiz by going back over all his units to date and working through the online practice quiz. The one strategy that I gave the student to consider are the four basic steps to take when confronting any math problem (based on the works of Polya): 1) Understand. 2) Make a Plan. 3) Execute. 4) Explore. I am looking forward to our next session on Tuesday."
"We did more review, focusing more on word problems. The student has improved a lot with word problems, but seems to still be slightly hung up on rate problems, but we are working on them. Her attitude has improved noticeably now that she is getting the hang of it, which is awesome! I have emailed her extra practice that she can work on before Friday as she has an online test due Sunday."
"The student was more energetic and engaged this session. She performed well on the practice exercises. We began to cover the material in Ch 10 of her text, area of triangles and parallelograms using 'bh' equations. She can correctly identify the appropriate altitude for a base and solve basic and intermediate problems."