Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent the first half of the session going over Greek statehood and democracy. The mother requested that I bring in materials outside of the school so we used some educational materials that discussed debates about Athenian direct democracy. We brought in discussion topics such as the limitations of democracy, what kind of governments exist today, and how developments in the Athenian assembly changed Greek views of democracy. Then we practiced math. We started with the student's class materials, which were broadly focused on geometry. I brought in some additional problems from the practice tests and we completed each one with a focus on different ways that the problem could be solved and thorough showing of work."
"In today's session the student was excited to show me his journal writings, and we went over those together. He also practiced on the proper use of "two, too, and to" in a sentence. We also reviewed singular and possessive nouns. Towards the end of the session, he was asked to compare and contrast two things from his journal writing. Homework was assigned on the rough draft of the essay and two grammar pages(prefix/suffix)."
"The student came to the session today very prepared. We went through the student's homework and then did some math activities that would help him gain experience in his multiplication facts. His grades in school continue to improve and I have no doubt that he will succeed in passing the assessment tests."
"The student reviewed terms, concepts and formulas and took the unit practice and graded tests (15 questions each). First we reviewed the content by making a chart of perimeter and circumference, area, surface area and volume. Figures studied are 2-dimensional squares, rectangles, triangles, circles and 3-dimensional cubes, prisms, pyramids and cylinders. The student needed help remembering the difference between area and volume. We reviewed that "regular" polygons have equal sides and equal angles. The student scored 100% on the practice quiz, calculating answers with my help in the form of questions and explanations, in preparation for the graded quiz. Strategies of writing the formula, drawing and labeling a diagram were employed. The student worked on his own with a calculator, needing help in the form of review and quick sketches which he labeled. The student understands the formulas but needs to refer to the notes to remember their form. Then he readily calculated area and volume. He then scored 93% on the graded test."
"Today the student and I reviewed her homework primarily dealing with multiplication and division of fractions. She seems to have a very strong grasp of this material: she knows how to solve the problems, she knows how to do the necessary arithmetic, and she understands why she's doing what she's doing. This is all very good, and she seems confident in her ability to solve these types of problems. The one major issue that does seem to reappear is making simple mistakes in the process of solving the problems. These are minor mistakes, like forgetting to switch from positive to negative, accidentally adding instead of multiplying, and things of this nature. I'm specifically working to get her to pay attention to every step of every single line of the problem from beginning to end, checking as she goes along. It sounds simplistic, but it's rather easy to subconsciously skip a step or look a few steps forward when doing these longer problems. I think this technique helped her avoid making some of the errors that have plagued her in the past. She is obviously very bright and she rightly has confidence in her ability to solve these problems. This can make it even easier to begin thinking ahead and lose focus, if only just for a moment. I left her with a few other techniques for slowing down and checking her work along the way, which we will work on more extensively in our next session."
"The goal this session was to prepare for four make-up tests that she would have the following day (January 15). These were subjects covered in chapters 3, 4 and 9 of her Advanced Algebra course. We went over the questions that she got wrong on each test, to make sure that she now understood the concepts. Concepts included exponents, Order of Operations, systems of linear equations, proportionality, rates and graphing. The student was confident that her skills would remain. We were able to cover a lot of the concepts and I was able to create some practice problems for her, as well as pull some from the book. The student definitely understands the concepts once they are logistically laid out. Overall, with focus and attention, the student should easily be able to excel in this subject. She is very motivated."