Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I went over the work I assigned for him, which was adding and subtraction of decimals. He did well so I had him do more practice on addition and subtraction of decimals to confirm understanding. He did well. We covered lengths and measurements. He really enjoyed using the ruler to measure the length of pictured items and drawing lines of specific lengths. No assignment was given."
"We covered prime factorization(mental math), prime factoring monomials (mental math), and variables/expressions. The student did a great job with prime factoring numbers in exponential notation using mental math. He had a little trouble expressing the verbal version of the product of a verbally given factor and an unknown number algebraically, but he showed progress with practice. He seems ready for the content he will have to master for this scholastic year. He was given practice on simplifying exponential expressions."
"In this session, we went over the review topics the student covered the previous week in class, namely piecewise/step functions, graphing piecewise/step functions, finding the equation of a line from points, slope, and other data; and parent graphs and transformations. She had a good grasp on solving piecewise functions, but struggled to both graph them and find their equations from a graphed function. After we worked on several practice problems, she had a better understanding. We went over a homework worksheet on finding linear equations. She needed some guidance on how to go between point-slope form to slope-intercept. She preferred to try to obtain the equation from graphing the information she had. We briefly touched on parent graphs and transformations, but she voiced confidence that she understood those concepts well enough already."
"Today we reviewed rounding and worked on addition and subtraction of 3 and 4 digit numbers. The student completed a rounding assessment that included rounding 3-9 digit numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand, ten thousand, hundred thousand, and million. He demonstrated a solid understanding of rounding today. No concerns to report. We are scheduled to meet again in 1 week."
"We wrapped up the fractions review with division. After completing the worksheets, we reviewed his homework for the rest of the week. For our next session, we will go over order of operations using the fractions and decimals that we worked with for the past few weeks."
"The student and I went over the problems he missed on the practice tests from last time. We then went through drills to cover all subjects of the placement test and then we ended with him taking a practice test."
"We worked through more problems on related rates, moving on to identifying critical points and drawing derivative graphs as well as the original function. The student was all around much better with the related rates problems. After a few examples with the critical points, he was able to work through the problems alone with few issues. His work has become more structured, more patterned, and he is falling in to the pattern more quickly when he attempts a problem. I left him with notes and examples to read over before I send him problems for next time."
"The students finished the homework packet sent home from school. The page we finished was a review of place value, telling time, addition, skip counting and adding the value of mixed coins. Both girls need continued review with skip counting and counting money. We will continue to work on place value and math facts."
"The student and I met today to go over a packet (review) for his Algebra 2 class. We went over the second half and I had him show me the steps he needed to take in order to get the correct answer. A few of the problems I had to explain and/or push him in the right direction to start the problem, but mostly he was able to get them on his own. Some of the geometry problems he was unsure of, but after explaining the background info needed, he could easily solve them. He is good at retaining new information and things that I showed him, he was able to apply to other problems that were similar. Right now he just needs help on some topics but he is smart and learns quickly."
"In our final session, the student and I reviewed items that he missed on his practice test . Thursday, he took a practice test on his own. I think he will do fine on the assessment next week. He missed items that involved triangle interior/exterior angles, solving equation with fractions, solving equations with variables on both sides of the equal sign, solving for a variable, and translation verbal to algebraic expressions. He understood how to do all of the concepts. I suggested that he work those problems twice of time permitted on the actual assessment."
"The student and I studied for her math test on Monday. We focused on solving inequalities, absolute value, and creating/solving equations based on given information (i.e. a chart). I strongly recommend continued practice, as it is the best way for the concepts to become habits."
"The student had a packet assigned to him to complete by 9/3. It was mainly focused on Limits and Continuity of functions. Since this assignment is preliminary to the class, I did not see any scores or grades. The student seemed to understand everything after I walked him through a few problems. We made it over halfway through the packet, and I have no concerns with him as of now."