Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Yesterday we covered the student's test 9 review, continuing with percents and circles. She also needed help with the basics, like adding decimals, multiplying, and remembering which equation to use for each problem. When I first arrived, she said she was not ready at all for her test, but hopefully after a last-minute review tonight, she will be more confident. I included strategies in an email and just reminded her to take her time and focus on each individual problem. I sent over an email with a test review for her to complete. I am just hopefully she remembers to take her time!"
"We covered how to solve proportions using two different strategies: cross multiplication and finding a common factor between ratios. At first, the student found difficulty connecting what was happening in cross multiplication, but quickly caught on with a few model examples. Next, we discussed examples and definitions of geometry vocabulary in the module. Lastly, we discussed how to represent sets of objects with ratios and importance of order. We then applied our new learning on proportions to solve unit rate problems in which he had to find the lower or higher rate."
"The student and I worked on subtracting fractions. His teacher thought it would be a great idea to cover this topic for tutoring. I took a few moments to explain how to subtract fractions, then we got out playing cards for a math game. He responds well to interactive math games. He was able to do many of the problems in his head, but when the numbers were larger, I would write the numbers out so he could visualize the problem. His only struggle was subtracting numbers with regrouping. I will work with him on that topic at a later date."
"In this session, the student and I worked on a study guide for her upcoming test. It covered relative frequency, determining whether a set of data was a function and/or a linear function, and how to determine a correlation given a graph."
"The student has started a new workbook and textbook at this point in his curriculum. He is now working on the concept of perfect squares, square roots, cubes, and cube roots. So this session, we spent a little more time engaging in the conceptual side of things rather than completing as many problems as possible. We were still able to complete problems to ensure that he has a complete understanding, but our main focus was on understanding the concept. Especially since he had not gone over this chapter in school yet."
"We went over the remaining of the student's PSAT questions to determine which areas need extra work. I think she is definitely improving in understanding the foundations of algebra. We looked over her latest make up quiz and saw improvement."