Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked through some 3-dimensional shape problems. These problems required him to find the surface area and volume for each shape. Once he figures out which equation to use he does well. His task is to focus on remembering which equation provides squared units and which provides cubed. He is improving greatly and seems well-prepared for his test this Friday."
"The student and I met today and reviewed the assignments she has recently been given as homework. She had a few questions on how to multiply integers by fractions (I explained how to treat an integer as a fraction over one). I also emphasized the differences between multiplying fractions and adding fractions and how you multiply across for multiplication but have to keep the common denominator for addition. We practiced with a number of these problems. Additionally, we continued to work with increasingly complex PEMDAS problems as well as solving for the variable when the variable is placed within the equation. The student continues to do well with these problems and it will simply be a matter of ensuring that she retains and internalizes these rules as she progresses in the subject."
"During the session I worked briefly with the first student on a living history assignment dealing with Goree Island. The assignment was very brief and we had a very positive conclusion to the session. I worked with the second student for the remainder of the session and helped her study for a math test. The test was on box a dot plots, as well as analyzing data regarding surveys. I am eager to see how she does on the test."
"Finished triangles, covered quadrilaterals and polygons. Next session will be Pythagorean theorem and right angle identities."
"Tonight the student and I worked on some simple multiplication and division problems from school classwork. The assignment was how does a simple multiplication problem such as 3 x ____ =18, and then how it relates to 18 divided by 3 = ____. We had several problems like this, and the student found it a bit confusing at first. I then used some of his crayons to make a variety of piles with those numbers and showed him visually how those operations are related. We used the crayons on a number of the problems until he started to begin to understand the process. Additional future work on this will be necessary. After the math we looked at a short story in one of the reading workbooks. The student read the story and then answered a variety of comprehension and vocabulary words from the story. He did fairly well on this. I left the student an additional story with questions to work on over the weekend until we meet again next week."
"Today we moved on to some new topics to challenge the student. We started with distance, time, and speed. Once she had practiced using the equation and understood the concepts and how to keep her units straight, we applied this knowledge to some word problems about travel. She needed a bit of help understanding how to use the equation when multiple travelers were involved, especially when they were going in opposite directions, but after a bit of practice, she was getting it down. We then moved onto some "work" word problems. Once I explained how to set up an equation to solve for different work times, the student was quickly able to power through the problems. She really seems to enjoy word problems, especially those that apply to daily life and real tasks. For our next session I will bring some more challenging word problems and maybe some new concepts and equations."