Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I focused on her homework that is due tomorrow. She has extra time to make up the assignments she missed sick so we looked at those last. Since she missed some school, we did a mini lesson on unit rates and their relation to fractions. At first, she seemed a bit lost. However, I think that relating symbols to words in the word problems really helped as well as being able to see examples. I expect her to be comfortable with this unit after she makes up her other homework."
"We covered circle properties. Specifically, we went through the definition of radius, diameter, circumference, and area of a circle. The student was strong at these concepts already. We practiced indirect uses via my textbook to get him practice in even abstract uses of circle properties. He picked up the patterns of problems we were seeing without much trouble. However, as circles are still relatively new, I did have to help him with many of the questions. Our next session, we will see the progress he has made."
"The student and I studied a bit of volumes (she has a quiz coming up on Monday). Then we basically started reviewing for the AP test. It is a long ways out, but she did not have a tutor back then, so I think it is a good idea to go over some of the earlier concepts. Some things I think are easier, she was not so sure about. Like product and quotient rule. She can solve all sorts of integrals, but forgot product rule. She remembered after a refresher, but I think it was really helpful to go over some of that older content."
"The student and I split our time between organization and math. We worked on some worksheets that dealt with quadratics and then we quickly switched to organization. We tried working through her assignments and creating actionable tasks for her to accomplish throughout the week. As a reward, she and I did some mental math problems. This served a number of purposes. It builds confidence, takes away fear of getting math wrong, and she seems to really enjoy it."
"I reviewed with the student for a test he was to have the next two days. We covered topics such as logarithms, exponentials, how to convert between the two and simplify such expressions. I also went over with him how to find the inverses of logarithmic and exponential functions. Lastly, we covered compound and continuous interest."
"The student and I went over his homework from class. He's still working on fractions, mainly incorporating them into other kinds of problems though. For instance, now he's solving for area and perimeters of shapes that have dimensions in terms of fractions."