Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent this session reviewing for the student's science final, focusing on problems that required her algebra skills. One topic that required extra focus was unit conversion. After many practice problems, though, she felt prepared for her test."
"The student and I again covered two sections of her chapter, on binomial distribution and normal distributions. There was a lot of information in these sections, and she did a great job keeping up with the info. Sometimes she struggled with the thinking process, but once I showed her the way, she was able to figure out the problems on her own."
"We specifically covered statistics. The student was struggling most with solving for the first and third quartiles by hand. His teacher only showed him how to do it on the calculator. However, he picked up on it very quickly. He had a positive attitude towards the material, and he seemed to like how I related math to lacrosse. I gave him two problems to work on, and since he had a test the next day I wrote the answers on the back so he could check his work. I thought it was a productive session and he seems to care about his grades/work which is a great sign."
"For math, we moved on to identifying the dependent and independent variables when given an equation. We slightly touched base on that concept, as its just a matter of figuring out which is what variable and giving a reason behind it. Then we moved on to geometry-like concepts. We looked at any polygon and used the area of a rectangle and triangle to determine the area of any given shape. For science, we looked at the respiratory system and how it works, and how to take care of it. We went through the chapter and have decided from this session on to take a science test after three chapters."
"Yesterday's session consisted of me formally introducing techniques of factoring since that is what the student is currently doing in class. We will finish this on Sunday. He seems to be able to understand factoring on a basic level, but I see that he will need much more practice in order to further assure that he can answer that type of problem correctly."
"Student A and I went through adjacent/ complementary/ vertical/ supplemental angles, and clarified angle measures and how to determine which angles fit each of those categories. This was new material for her, and we went through it all. She should understand it well now! Student B had an essay due sometime next week that he had a rough draft on - the writing was still rough, but conceptually and organizationally, the paper was fine. I had him transcribe his draft to the computer and proofread it as he goes. I will edit the paper personally before next session to analyze his proofreading/ editing skills."