Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was focused on working with the student through the exercises of a review sheet assigned in his algebra class. The assignment involved content covering the most recently completed unit, designed to prepare the student for an upcoming test on linear functions and inequalities. While the student seemed familiar with the required operating procedures, there were some lingering issues where the student was unclear. These included the different uses of parenthetical brackets for denoting a distributive process, as well as indicating function notation. A conceptual review of function notation was provided in terms of inputs and outputs, which the student implemented by completing the tabular charts required by the assignment exercises. Graphical differences between equations and forms of inequalities were practiced using word problems requiring the algebraic translation of typical real-world situations."
"This was our introductory session. We began by talking about what was the goal of the sessions. The goal is to bring the student's grades up and to hit areas that he has holes. He has ADD and struggles with staying on task. Today, we worked on his assignment for class tomorrow, and then I had him take the basic skill math diagnostics test. He was able to finish half, but then was having difficulty with concentration. We stopped the test, and he asked questions about different topics. After a few minutes we got online to his school site to see what was coming up and went over solving linear systems using substitution and elimination."
"This week, student one's class continues with concepts of geometry. She is currently going over reflections, rotations, and translations and how they relate to algebra. She must continue to study for her midterm exam. Student two received a 97% last Thursday and Friday. Currently, he is working on defining the terms used to describe lines associated with triangles. Discussed were terms, such as orthocenter, incenter, and centroid. He will need to memorize these terms and more for his quiz next week."
"Today I assisted the student with his homework. Towards the last third of our session, I briefly went over cellular replication in preparation for a test he will have next week. He wasn't struggling with any of the material. His only issue was with multitasking and focusing. We were able to communicate well while he worked. He was also pretty comfortable with the biology material."
"Today I helped the student get organized for his class project. The project is worth a test grade and covers material from the beginning half of the semester (Chapters 1 and 2). Part of the project needs to be done at school with a program which can draw geometric objects over pictures. For his project, the student needs to use 10 pictures of his choice to demonstrate 10 different geometry vocab words (ex: angles, scalene triangle, hexagon, etc.). I had him choose the pictures that he thought would work for the vocab words. I also got him to think how he can summarize each geometry term into one sentence for his slides. I think he will need some time to use the software at school to draw out all of his objects. I encouraged him to go to the math lab before school to get extra help and extra time to complete this project. If he is able to set enough time aside, he should be able to hand in some fine work."
"Today I personally made a goal to keep the student and me on track, as we know we're going to be studying for a long period of time. We did an excellent job of staying on track. We focused on manipulating equations using the commutative, distributive, and associative properties. I noticed that when I use certain phrases, she reads these phrases as cues to what is the next step when solving inequalities."