Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was dedicated to working with the student through his most recent math assignment, which involved material on identifying and algebraically constructing equations based on information provided by word problems. While the student was initially unsure as to how to set up the equations, after explanations of the first few problems and some additional examples, he felt comfortable enough to build the rest of the equations on his own. A similar learning pattern presented itself when completing the operations involved in solving the equations. Occasional procedural mistakes are made at first; after the student is reminded once or twice of the correct operating procedure, he succeeds in correctly completing the remaining problems. Moving forward, greater emphasis should be placed on drilling the various concepts introduced in class to reinforce retention and on explaining the intuitive sense and practical usefulness of the algebra to clarify and make concrete its abstractions."
"This session, we began with domain and range. The student had improved from the earlier sessions, and I was encouraged by his growth. Then we did some systems of equations to prepare him for an upcoming quiz. His strengths are the elimination and graphing method, and his challenge is the substitution method. He did a great job transforming standard form to slope intercept form, and could graph lines pretty well. He also did a good job knowing what to multiply with both equations to eliminate one variable. The substitution method will take more practice, but I'm sure he will understand that concept with more clarity soon."
"This session, we studied for the student's biology test and a French quiz. She had difficulty with some bio concepts such as monomers and polymers, endocytosis, exocytosis, the difference between plant and animal cells for osmosis, et cetera. I used some online resources to help explain the concepts. We worked on them until she felt confident and I quizzed her on the test review questions her teacher prepared. She felt a lot more confident by the end of our session and we had some time to go over the chapter for her French quiz. The main points we reviewed were the direct and indirect participles for objects. She seemed pretty good on the new verbs. She, as usual, had a great attitude."
"This Sunday, we started the session with an adding/subtracting mental math exercise. This is an easy way to build number sense and efficient ways of counting. The student has improved over the months with this exercise and using more efficient strategies. After that, I gave him a few more challenge problems from Chapter 5, as we did yesterday. Again, I encouraged him to work independently while I watched for any mistakes. He is still taking lots of time to think through each problem, but I try to minimize his distractions. When he is really focused, he can get through the problems pretty quickly. Each day, he makes a few more connections between the problems I give him and the formulas that help get us the answers. It's a big intuitive step, and he is gradually catching on."
"This Thursday, the student has her final in math. We went over the first half of the study guide her teacher provided. Although she still has difficulty remembering where and how to use basic math skills such as multiplying and dividing fractions, moving terms from one side of the equation to the other, and translating word problems into math, after working with her and encouraging her to try to work the problems out, I found that she is starting to retain some information. I focused on a word problem involving taxes in particular, and she managed to solve several iterations of the problem I gave. We will continue to focus on her study guide for this week, and I left her some formulas to memorize for the upcoming final."
"This time around, I assisted the student with a practice final that he's currently studying. He grasped most of the concepts very well, but we stumbled on varying inversely and solving for x in an LCD problem. We'll further review that in our next session on Thursday."