Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the thirtieth session. We picked up where we left off at 458 topics, and worked on: Distinguishing Between Circumference & Area of a Circle, Vertices, Edges, Faces of a Solid, Volume of a Pyramid, Volume of a Cone, Calculating Sales Tax, Finding Percentage of a Number, Find Cost Including Tax, Introduction to Compound Interest, Finding Percentage Increase/Decrease, Finding Total Given Percent or Partial Amount, Finding Original Amount Given a Percent Increase, Applying Percentage to Algebraic Equations, Finding the Multiplier, Finding Regular Price Given Sale Price & Percent Discount, and Absolute & Percent Error. The student completed 16 topics as well as the Percents wedge. His grand total for the year is 474 of 640 topics yielding 74% of all topics completed."
"Today the student and I worked on the volume of prisms and cylinders. I explained how to write the formula Bh first. I then explained how to substitute the area formulas for B, and then substitute the given values. He had a much better grasp on volume today. We also worked on long division with both 1 and 2 digit divisors. I taught him a strategy for the long division "DMSB" (division, multiplication, subtraction, bring down). I also taught him a trick to make the division easier with the 2 digit divisors. He struggled a little with that. I referred him to a website that creates more long division worksheets for practice. Next time we will work on volume of pyramids and cylinders, long division with decimals, and an Algebra 1 Prep PDF (if time allows). I feel that he can benefit from more practice with long division."
"Today the student and I worked on long division and simple division. He is getting a grasp of the simple division and can do most of the long division with no errors. I included counting sticks and tree strategies to help him with the division. I left him with extra practice that we will go over in the next session."
"The student and I moved on to chapter 2 today. We reviewed sections that we worked on before, and he seemed confident in those. Some sections seemed familiar to him, so we moved quickly through the material. I think he will be ready for the next chapter test within the next two sessions! He continues to be motivated, and I can see progress in his learning. He is beginning to remember concepts that we previously reviewed, and is applying them to new problems."
"The student's biology state assessment is tomorrow. We went over tips on how to answer certain types of questions, how to do well on the short answer, and we went over ecology, which she felt was her weakest topic. She should do very well."
"The student and I continued to review addition of fractions with unlike denominators. He did this successfully with very little help to complete the problems correctly. Next week, we will work with subtraction of fractions. We then reviewed place value from 100,000s to .001s. He continues to require help to remember the words as well as the numerical value of each digit. We will continue to review this subject. From there, we worked on reviewing (x, y) coordinates and whether or not they satisfied a given rule. He required help reviewing this concept and completing the problem. We will continue to review. The final review concept that we worked on were prime and composite numbers. We will continue to review this in our next session."