Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I covered the following concepts during the session: Writing Expressions and Equation Sentences and Solving for a Variable in Addition and Subtraction Equations. The student was able to pick up the concepts rather quickly. The only struggle he had was writing expressions and equation sentences involving subtraction. I hinted that terms such as "decreased by" or "less than" indicates subtraction and the number should always be subtracted from the unknown. In addition, he struggled with interpreting word problems. I had him read over the problems and write down the information given. Then ask what information is asked to find. The student's attitude toward the material was positive, and he seemed very engaged today. He will continue to work on his own from the text along with his math class work."
"I first worked with Student A, as he was having trouble understanding long division. However, when I went through the process with him explaining why we did everything, he picked it up amazingly quickly. I kept throwing more and more difficult problems at him, and he tackled them all. I then tried to help Student B with a problem that he remembered from a pop quiz that he got wrong, although he wasn't sure whether he remembered it correctly or not. I also helped him study for his history quiz about the Constitutional Convention."
"I gave him a practice quiz to prepare for his math quiz tomorrow on fractions, exponents, and scientific notation. He did fairly well on the quiz but struggled a bit with estimating square roots. I am confident that he with do well on his quiz tomorrow."
"I gave him another test covering missed questions from the last test, bringing the old score up to ~80%. The test continued and went up to most of Chapter 12.5. So far, some small things to work on are drawing vectors, determining if points are collinear, cross product signs(+/-), and "unit" vectors. We didn't get through vector, parametric, and symmetric equations of lines and planes. I suggested writing down the equations and going through examples to see what keywords to look for when each equation is used. I explained some of the concept behind 12.5 and created a cheat sheet that we will start with next session followed by practice test problems for Chapters 12.5-13.2. Overall, he's getting better at identifying appropriate equations and at solving problems."
"I gave him several different sets of sixth grade problems to solve and helped him when he needed. I reviewed his answers and steered him in the right direction. I also helped him with some of his homework: dividing whole numbers and decimals by decimals. Other problems included types of triangles and determining percentages of decimals. He needed some help but did most of it very well. As usual, I showed his mother what we covered and explained how he did."
"I gave Student 1 a review on inequalities and functions, and she did excellently on all practice problems. Student 2 was solid in functions, but needed some review on inequalities, especially when involving manipulating negative numbers (she didn't remember that subtracting a negative number involved, adding, for instance), so we reviewed negative number arithmetic. Ultimately, I gave her some inequalities to solve that involved negative numbers and she was able to solve and graph them correctly."