Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session we worked on analyzing data and constructing experiments. We spent the most time on working with the normal distribution because I think that is the material that is least familiar to the student. This material can be easily understood from a visual format which tends to help her, so I think we should have an easy time here."
"Today the student and I covered basic equations including interest rates based on investments or loans. I think she has a hard time the more variables are introduced into an equation, so I tried to show her how to move all of the known variables to one side and solve for the unknown variable. Other than that she does a tremendous job staying focused and learning as much as possible."
"We covered mainly long multiplication and long division of decimals and fractions. We also covered number sequences and series. The student already has a good grasp on these skills, but I also taught him a few test-taking strategies for multiple choice sections. He did not struggle too hard with any of the concepts. I left him with extra practice on the concepts we covered this session."
"We began with homework review (simplifying radicals, solving algebraic equations). The student is faring better on the radical problems, but he is still struggling with balancing algebraic equations a little. I will find an intuition exercise for our next session so that he can better understand the concept behind it rather than rote-memorize the steps. Besides algebra, we touched on 3D shapes/nets (prisms, pyramids), percentage word problems, and volume word problems. He did well on these and just needs to practice writing out the steps for percentage-based algebra. We finished up with inequalities and associated algebra-based inequality problems. I will have a homework set sent over by Wednesday."
"During the session the student completed a basic end of pre-algebra test, and we went over the answers. The areas that he needs the most work on are simplifying integers and A/S/M/D integers (he needs to not rush is the biggest issue). He did great with fractions, plotting points on a graph, and A/P of shapes. At the end we began to go over making the equation for a line on a graph. No concerns for the session."
"Today we began going through his test review material. He understood a lot of the concepts, but I can see where he is having trouble. As such I will be designing similar problems and finding other material. There are also some key formulas that he will need to memorize, but I am confident he will be ready. He identified two main problems as imaginary numbers and radicals."
"We covered his last short chapter of new material that only had two sections to go over, and then we got through about 2/3 of his review exercises. He was confident that he could finish the rest of his own as those were similar to the stuff we had worked on the last two sessions. The student has his final exam for college Algebra tomorrow but then will be starting Trig later this week and said he would probably want to continue working with me soon after that."
"Multiplication chart (5 mins- 1-6, 10). Learned 3 games- Close to 100, Close to 1000 (strategies for single-digit, two-digit, and 3-digit addition, mental math), and Multiplication War (math fact practice). Word problems with large numbers and decimals. The student does well with carrying/borrowing, place value, and large numbers. She was confused on the decimal word problems as far as steps to take. Homework: she will make her own digit cards and continue to play the games we learned."
"Our first session covered algebra basics, factoring and graphing lines. The student was struggling with factoring trinomials. We used a more intuitive approach for trinomials and he understood that method a lot better. I made up 16 practice questions for next time."
"*Review writing assignment *Practiced writing sentences with commas, semicolons and transition words *Completed grammar skills worksheet problems *Practiced reducing large fractions to their lowest terms *Reviewed names of math signs *Practiced changing mixed fractions to improper fractions"
"Today we did another pre test that covered imaginary numbers, radicals, compositions of functions, and exponents. She only got one wrong and will therefore be able to skip some of the section assignments. Once she talks to her teacher she will unlock some of the other exams."
"Specific academy assignments from summer school program: comparing decimals and place values of numbers in comparison to other numbers. Software confirmed accuracy as student completed problem. Initially, ordering decimals was a problem, but she understood once I drew a graphic template. She said she learned how "to line up decimals to determine least to greatest.""