Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on math, using the student's class materials as a guide. I brought some test prep materials with me and used those to provide extra math problems for the student to solve. He was enthusiastic about working on this and seems to enjoy doing problems out loud with a partner. Like most students his age, he has some trouble with abstract concepts. One strategy that we used was to make math problems with real world terms so that the student could understand what sort of relationship was being expressed, rather than simply memorizing the steps to solving the problem. We used boxing stats to talk about mean, median, and mode, for example."
"We discussed and worked out examples for tangent planes and normal lines to surfaces given by an equation in three variables. Also, we talked about finding the parametric equations of the tangent line to a curve of intersection of two surfaces in space."
"Today we went through the student's questions regarding her homework in her chapter dealing with polynomials and factoring. Generally she seems to be doing better with the concepts and working through the problems. Many of her questions were just regarding wordings or from minor math errors. We talked through factoring when there is a leading negative and I was able to clear up for her that when it says to factor the negative GCF that the value you factor out will in the end be negative. I also reiterated with her the need to double check an answer and make sure she is fully factoring (i.e. you may have to factor more than once). I suggested to her to make one sheet that has all of the rules she is learning so that she can see everything in one location and be able to study it easier. She seems to be making progress with working through these type of questions."
"The two students are still finding their subject matter in school to be easy, so they asked for challenging problems. The boys continue to improve and become more confident. As they were working through the problems, I promised a more challenging set next week!"
"Went over recent test about slope (most errors were small arithmetic mistakes, flipping fractions, and dropping negative signs). One problem they struggled with was about rate of change - we reviewed that and some extra practice problems I brought, and they both seemed to understand the question better. We mainly worked on word problems and math terms after they both said they struggled with them. I gave them a glossary of terms to review to assist with deciphering word problems."
"Today the student and I worked on simplifying radical expressions first, before moving to working on energy distribution for his physics class. At the start of the session he said that he was not feeling too confident working with the radical expressions. I explained to him that there was a process to go through each and every time. After that, he began to really grasp the concept. He flew through his homework, and he was really psyched about that. Then, he began to work on his physics homework. He was required to determine where the energy was going in each situation, and explain how he knew that. He ended up doing more work than was required by his teacher, and I could tell he was extremely happy with his understanding. It was a great week."