Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we discussed: analyzing graphs of functions and parent functions, average rate of change, and piecewise functions. She was positive toward the material. The student has additional homework problems that can help her practice. It is important that she go back through her notes from lecture and to be able to apply the concepts."
"We covered chapters 3 and 4 which includes long and synthetic division, parabolas, conics, and ellipses. We then reviewed his exam practice. He had the rest of his practice exam and his homework problems to review."
"The student and I practiced using different tests to prove if series converge or diverge. We specifically practiced ratio test, alternating series test, direct comparison test, and limit comparison test. We discussed how to choose what test(s) to use for a given series based on general characteristics, i.e. always try nth term test first, If there is an n! use ratio test, etc. He will do more practice problems today to prepare for his test tomorrow."
"Tonight, the student had homework on the distributive property. She wasn't sure about this, but once I did a mini-lesson on the topic, she was able to complete the page with only a few questions. We reviewed all of the topics that have been covered in the unit for the upcoming test on Friday. On Sunday, we will be reviewing graphing on a coordinate plane so that she can get a head start on the next lessons."
"For today's session, we reviewed the homework I left from last week. She only got three problems wrong out of 12, and two others were minor math errors (such as forgetting to add a carried number). We then reviewed volume using 1-unit cubes. She had some trouble with it, as it can be difficult to visualize 3D objects on a 2D sheet of paper. However, using a ruler to stretch the cubes out to show how they take up space helped her solve for volume better. Afterwards, we did some review on area with fractions and how to split up the rectangle to solve for the area. She did well, and I left her with homework that goes over what we did today due for next week."
"For this session, the student practiced adding with 4s and practiced adding 2 single digits to equal 10. He struggled a bit with remembering which numbers are paired up to equal 10, especially 6+4 and 7+3. I left him some number squares that he can shuffle and practice matching up. We call them our "number buddies." He also practiced his poem and completed his homework. He was able to recite his poem correctly and completely on his 2nd try. Great job! He worked very quickly and rushed through his homework, making some of his work sloppy. We discussed that focusing on things being perfect takes a long time and rushing through things makes it sloppy and can cause avoidable mistakes. It is best to be somewhere in the middle."