Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the slope concepts learned previously and started working on slopes of parallel lines vs. perpendicular lines. We had a slow start but once the student caught on, she was fairly confident with the material. The hardest part for her was graphing fractions, which for being her first time doing this, was not bad. Even though, she feels fairly confident with the material, I made a review worksheet for her to complete over the weekend to make sure that she has truly mastered the material."
"The student and I worked on problems that combined algebra and geometry. The focus of these Math problems was creating functions in terms of a particular variable. Once she learned them, she was able to understand the problem. No concerns."
"I worked with the student on solving rational word problems like mixtures, currents, and the amount of time it takes two people to complete a task. He had difficulty at first with setting up some problems, but got the hang of it at the end when asked to complete two problems on his own."
"The student had a math unit test on Friday so he had a review packet to complete. He also had about 10 problems from the textbook regarding the same material. All the problems involved finding the surface area, volume, and cross sections of 3-dimensional shapes like cones, pyramids, and spheres. He had the same issue as the previous session, a difficulty in distinguishing between the equations for surface area and volume."
"The student is reviewing for state testing, so we focused on what he was reviewing in class, percents. The student understood most the concepts behind percents, i.e. percent of change, finding percents, ratios, etc.). We also worked more extensively on the percent equation and how to use it."
"The student and I started by discussing the test she is taking this week. She will need to solve systems of equations through graphing, addition, subtraction, linear combinations, substitution, and matrices. We worked on addition, subtraction, and linear combinations last week; she did well with those and feels confident about doing those types of questions on the test. We went over a substitution problem today. We reviewed a simpler approach in regard to fractions, and she said that should help. She said that she understands how to use matrices and was able to explain how a matrix was formed and what the parts meant. She had some issues on the first problem due to arithmetic errors. We went through the problem, and I talked to her about checking her work -- especially when an answer doesn't seem to make sense. She was then able to finish the remaining problems easily. She is improving and has a better idea of what she needs to do on tests to avoid errors. We spent the final part of the session going over material for a grammar test she's taking this week. We discussed pronouns, antecedents, and verbs, focusing on how to determine if they agree. We discussed how to use verbs and other parts of the sentence to determine the correct pronoun. She takes French, and we discussed what she's learned about grammar in that class."