Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We are continuing to go through the student's work packet. She seems to be going through the motions right now, but I plan on making sure that I have a lesson plan so I am not trying to tackle multiple subjects at one time."
"For our first session we did some test review for the student's second exam. The material focused on interest and compounded growth rates, as well as maximums and minimums of quadratic functions. The student seems to have a solid grasp on the material, but she is tending towards memorizing equations and problem types rather than attempting to understand the principles behind the equations. I'm slightly concerned that this may make more complicated problems difficult to complete, but she seems to be doing well so far. We'll likely meet again before the student's comprehensive final."
"Today we worked on equivalent fractions and relating it to the double number line method the student's teacher taught in class. Along with equivalent fractions we also worked on comparing fractions. The student was able to compare two fractions with different numerators and denominators and tell which is greater or less. Common Core Standard 4.NF Number and Operations-Fractions Extend understanding of fractions equivalence and ordering"
"Today's session was continuing our time on Taylor polynomials, clarifying interval of convergence and bound inclusion. Setting up problems seems to be her main problem and figuring out what the question is asking for, and she gets better every time. She reported back on the quiz she took earlier this week and got a mid-level A, only the second A she's gotten all year in math, so it looks like we are doing well together."
"The student and I worked on multiplying and dividing mixed numbers and fractions today. She did very well on the multiplication, and just needed a quick refresher on how to divide fractions. I gave her the choice of using one of two methods for dividing fractions, whichever she prefers. While she is fully capable of multiplying single-digit numbers together, she has not yet committed all of the multiplication tables from 0-12 to memory. She would benefit greatly from multiplication drills until she has committed these groups to memory so that, by sight, she just knows that, say, 8x6 is 48. This will improve her speed in completing all math problems involving such calculations, and will make it less labor-intensive, and therefore more enjoyable. I will implement multiplication drills in our next session."
"For this session we spent most of the time discussing transformations of functions. We spent a little time reviewing the student's notes from class, and then walked through problems from her textbook and homework."