Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We moved beyond mutual funds now and into real estate funds and how those can be assessed for returns. The math is pretty simple and he's basically got it. The tough part for the semester will be a paper he has to write for one of his classes which will be a research paper on the online vendor. It is due at the end of March so we'll be proofreading that together for the next few weeks."
"Worked with coins with the first student for the full session, and the she made excellent progress! For each coin, we made a flashcard with its picture and its value in cents and dollars. We discussed how one digit numbers get a zero in the tens place, and how two digit numbers do not. Then we practiced purchasing candy and writing the total we spent. She was adding coins very well, even when they were not of like denominations. I hope she does tremendously on her upcoming test! The second student's multiplication tables are improving significantly. We spent some time drilling eights. He then applied them for division. He is really grasping division, and we moved on to division for all numbers under 81, using remainders."
"I met with Student 1 and helped her edit and revise portions of her social studies project. We also completed a logic puzzle that was homework from school. Student 2 completed a sequencing puzzle with shapes and a grid. He also read a story and answered several critical thinking questions."
"The student and I covered a lot of ground today. We started by finally finishing a problem we had for about a week and a half. Then we covered the disk, washer, and shell methods of finding volumes of rotated regions of graphs. Within this we talked about different methods of integrations (trig substitution, u-substitution, power rule, etc.) and also introduced integration by parts. We also introduced finding arc length and the surface area of a solid. The student is doing really well and it looks like it will definitely contribute to his test scores."
"The student and I reviewed her fives math facts and began with sixes. The majority of the session was focused on the properties of quadrilaterals and other polygons. We made flash cards for 5 different types of quadrilaterals. She did a great job!!"
"The student is giving a class presentation on a book excerpt about banking crises and events leading to the 2008 recession. I went through it with her and explained the principles behind business cycles, made sure she understood the difference between price increases and economic growth, and how an offset between them operates during a financial crisis. We then applied these ideas to the way real estate prices, mortgages, and mortgage-backed securities were present in the period before Lehman Bros. It's a complex topic and the reading was quite dense, but with the help of some diagrams and repetition she slowly began to understand the concepts. We are meeting again tomorrow to continue working on the presentation."