Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He and I covered factoring using the quadratic formula and solving equations with complex numbers. He struggled with complex numbers and conjugates. I demonstrated two strategies to help him. He was able to apply these strategies and solve the problems with little to no assistance from me. He was very attentive and ready for the next challenge. I gave him extra practice at the end of the session, and he was able to complete most of the extra practice."
"He and I decided that half the session we would work on the skills that I know are affecting his testing skills. He has skills such as his multiplication and addition recall. I bought flashcards and we started using them during the session as a drill. The rest of the session is dedicated to what material he believes he is struggling with. He has a test on Wednesday, so we made sure to review that material. Lots of apples and oranges."
"He and I focused on dividing numbers using scientific notation. As per usual, he continued to get the concept quite well, never shied away from grinding out a tedious calculation, and kept his work organized, which helped him find the answers he was looking for. Afterwards, we read an article about research which suggests that insects may have consciousness, and he was able to grasp most of the meaning quite quickly."
"He and I had a very productive session today. He has begun a new unit in his course, and we went over a few different topics that had been introduced since his first test. These included: inequalities, solving equations with variables in the denominators of fractions, solving equations with variables under square roots, and using absolute values. We did a large number of practice problems from several different sections of his textbook. I felt that he was generally following how to do them, and was feeling relatively confident at the end of our session. We are meeting again on Wednesday, and we will work on any new topics that have been introduced and keep working as many practice problems as time allows."
"He and I had our first session. I asked several questions to assess his learning style. I asked him what he liked about math and what he disliked to determine where he may be having difficulty. I reviewed his previous tests, and asked him specific questions to determine what issues he had with the exam. He is very bright. He seems a bit bored by some of the models his teacher wants him to utilize. His mental math skills are above average, and he seems to be frustrated that he must show his work on the exams and homework. He understands the concepts, but gets ahead of himself in attempting to complete the exercise. We will focus on strategies for reading instructions which I believe will improve his performance on his exams. We will also go over concepts that he is learning to reinforce his classroom lessons."
"He and I looked at line equations, how to formulate them, and what form to use when given certain information. We went over slope form, point-slope form, the standard form equation for a line, special cases of lines, such as horizontal and vertical, parallel, and perpendicular lines, and how to formulate an equation for each case. He told me that he didn't score very high on his last math test, so I told him to see if the teacher will give him the test so I can look at it to determine where I should focus my attention as his tutor."