Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we went over two of the student's assignments that are due soon. Our work this summer has put him ahead of where they are in class right now, but he still struggles a little bit with certain concepts and with word problems. He can normally reason out word problems accurately but I am trying to teach him a very specific way to write out an equation directly from the problem. This will help him when the material gets more difficult. After we finished his homework, we still had some more time, so I found a word problem in the book we used this summer which was quite above where we normally work, but I was happy that he started to get interested in trying to figure it out as I guided it through him. We didn't finish it, but that doesn't bother me--I am just trying to get him experience in how to think through these problems."
"In this session, he and I reviewed material that had confused him earlier this week in class. We went over transformations, which involved reflections and rotations using linear functions. His biggest confusion was how to approach each problem and how to organize his work. After a review of basic linear function attributes, everything started to click for him. He is going to work on memorizing the (x, y) coordinate rules for rotations."
"In this session, the student and I looked at the distributive property, including variables and fractions, and did some work with exponents on variables and cancellation. For distribution problems, I encouraged him to write the distribution step; multiplying each number by the outside individually and keeping the signs of both the inside and outside numbers attached. This helped with the dropped negatives. No scores, grades or extra practice. His work with both fractions and exponents is really improving."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed slope as the rate of change in a scenario. He had a few issues with the slope formula and understanding that the change in the output goes over the change in the input. I went over the slope formula with him. I also went over the slope of vertical and horizontal lines. The session went well, and he understood how to find the slope in different scenarios."
"In this session, the student and I went through graphing of piecewise functions and finding the domain and range of piecewise functions. We studied the composition of functions and the addition and subtraction of functions. He had a good grasp of the material, and it all flowed really well as I explained it. He had a lot of practice problems from school, so I didn't leave him with any. He has an exam in the not too distant future, which would be a good test of how far he has come. Overall, it was a good session."
"In this session, the student reviewed previously learned concepts from his homework, such as algebraic equation and cross simplifying. Seeing his worksheets from school after the previous session, I know he has a clear understanding of the mathematics concepts. The only major point is that he needs to practice the basic arithmetic with simple drills and practice. Other minor points include he needs to be aware of positive-negative signs when multiplying and dividing, and not get intimidated when looking at decimals. Aside from that, he shows progress and improvement in his math, and we will continue to practice his weaker areas."