Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I decided to revisit operations with fractions during this session. Because this was one of the first topics we discussed, we briefly went over different rules and operations for working with fractions. He was asked to complete various worksheets, each asking him to perform different operations with fractions and decimals. Compared to the beginning weeks, he has made significant progress towards achieving his goals."
"The student and I spent most of the session working on math problems, including both review of older concepts (addition, subtraction, and prime numbers) and the introduction of relatively new concepts (most notably prime factorization). We then discussed his story idea, including reading a folk tale to decide whether or not he wanted to write a story in that genre, brainstorming story ideas, discussing plot structure, and beginning writing the story."
"We went over homework from the last section of new materials that the student had in class today which took about half the session. Then we used the other half to help study for his test tomorrow on the two chapters we have been going over for the last week. Our final session tomorrow will be for reviewing for his final exam."
"The student and I worked on questions from her final exam that she has already completed. These covered topics that she has seen all through this course, and she's remembered a lot of concepts really well."
"Today we went over questions from Chapter 8 with exponents. Most of them had to do with negative exponents, but the student was actually doing those correctly and didn't realize it. Then we recovered Chapter 9 with finding the vertex of quadratic equations and graphing quadratic equations (by hand and calculator). Then we moved onto Chapter 10 with simplifying polynomials and distributing them. She is catching on very quickly."
"I met with the student today from 4-5 pm. We reviewed her homework from school and discussed exponents and scientific notation. We practiced the multiplication facts strategies.. We reviewed the concepts of factors and multiples and discussed using divisibility rules and a Factor T to list all factors of a number. I taught her a math trick that she successfully performed on her grandmother. :)"
"Today we did more extensive examples of the chain/product/quotient rule, for example finding (abc)' where a b and c are all functions. The student did a fantastic job with the questions, and this is the most comfortable I've seen him with the material yet."
"In our last session together, the student and I reviewed the changes he made to his essay after yesterday's session, and we laid out a groundwork for the finishing touches on his essay. After that, he took a practice test designed to be similar to the placement test he has in two weeks. He showed a fantastic grasp of the theory and the algebra behind the questions."
"The student and I spent most of our session today covering fractions. He continues to impress me with his aptitude. I'm confident that he can do well with his math studies. I plan on introducing variables and basic algebraic expressions in order to challenge him somewhat."
"Today, the student and I worked on his summer math homework. He was assigned a computer program in order to refresh/work on 5th grade math, as well as prepare him for 6th grade math. We worked on decimals, graphs, fractions, multiplication, long division, area, angles, and addition/subtraction. He did well."
"We worked specifically on adding fractions, division, and geometric shapes and lines. She is doing much better with fractions but is still struggling with division. I will continue to work on that with her. We ended the session by continuing to work on problems in her text book covering range, mode, median, and word problems."
"Gave the student a mini quiz of what we have reviewed so far. He did good overall. Still struggling with showing work -sometimes he does, other times he does not. He also had some trouble with converting fractions to decimals, but with one example, we quickly picked back up where we left off last week. After reviewing the quiz with him, we did conversion of decimal to fraction, which he picked up on quickly. He did the work I assigned him while I was there, so he had no homework."