Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The session started by reviewing a recent quiz so that I could clarify an issue that was obfuscating the first 8 questions. The student got an 88% on the quiz but many of his correct answers were correct in spite of himself. Tomorrow he'll give a presentation to his class on a mini-project involving the usage of math in his everyday life. I helped him brainstorm some ideas, so I believe he'll be doing a comparison between 3 different energy drinks along with a comparison of their calories, grams of caffeine, and cost, leading to stats such as calories per dollar, etc. To make it more algebraic, at the end I'm hoping he'll say something about, for example, the calories in 3 Monsters being the same as the calories in 2 Rockstars, so that he didn't just give "dimensional analysis" of the three drinks."
"The student is preparing for a math test Thursday; this was our chance to prepare. He did the current homework, which featured perimeter and area problems using rectangles, designed to test his understanding of formulas, both writing them and simplifying them algebraically. He clearly understands the concepts, coming up with the correct tactics to solve each problem. We did a few extra problems and also looked back over the chapter at what will be included on the test. I made a list of things for him to think about before the test: things he should watch out for. His main issue is simple mistakes, not comprehension. So when we consider how he could overlook this or that he is able to watch himself and be more focused when taking the exam. His teacher is a bit of a perfectionist and threatens to take points off his tests even if he gets the right answers, if he fails to include certain steps, such as putting the units and not just the quantities in the answers."
"We reviewed a homework assignment that concerned factoring polynomials using the rational root theorem. There were also some problems mixed in concerning the fundamental theorem of algebra and the total number of roots for a polynomial. What threw the student off was the fact that some of the problems were mixed in to spots where they shouldn't have been mixed in. She knew how to do all of the problems; she simply had a hard time understanding the directions and interpreting her results in the context of the problem. By the end of the session she had a firm grasp on the use of the rational root theorem."
"The student had a few practice questions to work on for her final exam. She had some good ideas about the solution methods, and she needed a better defined set of rules to tackle them all. On top of that, I provided some examples and tricks to simplify, speed up, and avoid mistakes on these and other possible questions that will be on the exam."
"Student A needed help with solving multistep equations. His biggest area of concern is following through with signs. Student B finished up pronouns and adjectives. We will work the rest next session as best we can, there's so much to review!"
"Today we covered integration and reviewed differentiation and its applications. The student seemed to struggle the most with the first and second derivative tests, so we will be sure to cover these next session again. He had a positive attitude throughout the session. I left him some extra practice problems on the material he was having the most trouble with."