Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a productive session today. We did her math homework on finding number patterns together. This did not give her any trouble. Then she completed a worksheet that gave her a lot of practice simplifying expressions with variables. The student was originally not very confident in her ability to simplify expressions accurately, especially with complicated signed numbers, but she understood the rules much better after we went through the worksheet. I had her explain each step to me out loud as she went through the problems and this seemed to help. She has a math test on Wednesday that we will work to sharpen her skills for on at our next session."
"We went through function transformation again to make sure she knows how to solve them. She was doing great and she is ready for her exam. I think she can make an A easily. Then we worked n equalities and inequalities and how she has to work the problems for this concept. She understood them and she could solve most of them by herself."
"In this session, I went over how to determine the range of angle and range of speed with the student. After going through several examples, I was able to explain parts of his assignment to him while he figured out the remaining parts by himself. We focused mainly on particle motion and using anti-derivatives to obtain the velocity and position vector when given the acceleration. Overall, everything went well, and the student was pleased with the session."
"Today we worked on complicated partial fraction decompositions, dividing polynomials, trig substitutions, and improper integrals. I discussed with him the probability that the really difficult problems won't show up on the test because they take too much time to do. I talked with him about which kinds of partial fractions are likely to show up. I will make him review sheets that show what happens with the different types of partial fractions."
"Today we practiced multiplication of a one-digit number by a two-digit number, word problems involving multiplication, and division. We also reviewed using the times tables. No concerns to report."
"This session was spent predominantly reviewing math homework, but because the student had a Spanish test coming up, we also reviewed vocabulary for that subject. His homework consisted of word problems for solving systems of equations. I am impressed with the progress he has made in this area. While he is having some difficulty writing out the equation system from a word problem, establishing basic concept rules (namely, "use all the info in the word problem" and "different items/people/things = different variables") has helped him understand the material and solve problems. I would like to work with him on his confidence with answers to equations, which I think will help him with test-taking. I also gave him a set of practice system-of-equations word problems."
"We went over the student's homework in algebra 2, anatomy, and U.S. history. She is doing well in all of her classes. I have no concerns, as she is a quick learner and understood all of the concepts we went over."
"I worked with the student on his math homework. He is learning exponents. I taught him strategies and patterns that made exponents less intimidating to him. We were able to get through every problem we started. I think he prefers rapid-fire problems to complicated, slow ones, and I want to help him get in the habit of showing his steps as he works out a problem."
"We worked on graphing quadratic inequalities, which included solving the given formula to give us vertex format; finding the vertex; finding the x- and y-intercepts; graphing; and shading the appropriate area on the graph. We also worked a little bit with imaginary numbers, both within the context of graphing inequalities and in multiplication techniques."
"The pupil and I worked on problems from the book. She had missed some class, so we went over the sections she missed. Specifically, we went over how to set up word problems for linear functions."
"Sept. 6: We worked on word problems, number patterns, ratios, and writing expressions. Sept. 20: We worked on word problems using the "work-backward" strategy, solving equations, and ratio/proportion word problems. The student is gaining confidence in her math skills; she can figure out which operation is needed, set up the problem and work through most of the steps to find the solution."
"During this session, the student and I reviewed performing basic mathematical functions with fractions. We also went over his current class material dealing with mixed numbers, inter-converting between fractions and decimals, and working with integers. He spent much of his time working on his homework assignment concerning how to add and subtract with negative numbers. His endurance during this session was impressive, and I think we can stay ahead of his math this semester after another session of catching up."