Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I focused on word problems that lead to long division. As in past sessions, she showed an incredibly positive attitude and worked very hard to find her answer. She is still struggling somewhat to know when to use which numbers and translate a problem from words into numbers, but usually can find her result with trial and error. The student and I focused on sharpening his skill of multiplying fractions, and he also worked very hard. He also became strong at noticing patterns right away and predicting where the problem would lead."
"The student and I focused on working with exponential and logarithm functions, and calculating interest and exponential growth or decay. We reviewed how to use properties of logarithms to simplify an equation so we could solve. We also looked at how to use properties of exponents to turn a function with different exponentials into a quadratic type function. We practiced using logarithms to solve equations with exponentials of different bases. We reviewed the formulas for compound interest and practiced solving for time, amount, and principal amount. We went through how to use the half life of a substance to find the decay rate. Lastly, we talked about Newton's law of cooling and how to find the rate of cooling for a given situation. She is doing better at using properties of logarithms and exponents to solve equations, and she is doing well working with the two different formulas for compound interest."
"The student and I got acquainted and jumped right into his math homework. The homework covered grouping by multiples of 10. By using multiplication, there were specific questions on how to count the number of balls in one box and then in a carton. He understood the homework very well and only rushed through one problem too fast. I encouraged him to write out the way that he was coming up with his answers. The end goal of the worksheet was to explain how the example related to base-10 number system, which he did seem to understand. He also read through an almanac book that he brought back from school. I asked him to read a page and then tell me what main points he learned from that section. It was a great first session!"
"The student and I got started on our statistics work by going over the differences in assorted types of data presentation, including regular tables, contingency tables, bar graphs, pie charts, dot plots, and histograms."
"The student and I got to know each other and spent our time clarifying some important concepts and terms that she was struggling to understand (i.e. squared, cubed, PEMDAS, adding with decimals, and multiplying with decimals). She showed fluency in her basic math skills and took to the new concepts quickly. We used sample questions from a past state 5th grade math exam."
"The student and I had a brief discussion over linear regression, which included how to calculate the best-fit line, how to do the process on both a spreadsheet and a graphing calculator, and how to tackle problems on tests that involve linear regression (multi-step problems, word problems, etc.)."