Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I had a very long, very busy session today. We did a very large number of problems, both going over the review packet his teacher gave him and working a large number of practice problems from the book. From the packet, we focused on questions about function domain and composition; equations of circles, lines, and parabolas; and distance and midpoint formulas. We then worked many problems from his textbook on factoring, long division of polynomials, and various complicated problems with inequalities. I thought the session went well and that he is looking a bit better than he was even a couple of days ago. He was definitely focused for the full 3 1/2 hours, and we emphasized some specific issues that he needs to keep his eye out for during the exam. We will have our last session tomorrow, a couple of hours before his exam, to emphasize a few final issues."
"The student and I have been working on solving two-step algebraic equations as well as using the proper order of operations to simplify complex expressions. This has involved using PEMDAS and understanding the distributive property in depth. We practiced this material using homework problems, reviewing class notes that were confusing to her and additional problems from other resources. While she has an excellent grasp of the material, it always helps her to slow down and think through each step of the problem. She has also benefitted from using strategies to check her work."
"The student and I looked at his Social Studies homework first, and then we moved on to his Science notebook. It looks like it will be helpful if we go through each page of notes and review all the concepts that come up. We will talk through them enough so that the student can explain them in his own words."
"The student and I looked at the last few quizzes, and I retaught all of the skills for the problems that she made mistakes on. We discussed test-taking strategy, and keeping her mind cool and clear while taking tests and quizzes."
"The student and I looked over an assignment for questions involving right angled triangles. He was aware of the Pythagorean theorem for right angled triangles, but needed some guidance on how to apply it for the given questions. I brushed up on his knowledge on taking square roots and rounding up numbers (e.g., to the hundredth). Overall, it was a great tutoring session as he was very quick to learn the steps in solving such problems involving right angled triangles."
"The student and I looked over her math homework for the week and picked up where we left off on her social studies project. This part of the project required her to research a popular leader during Ancient Egypt and create a campaign for them so they could continue to be ruler of their land. The student chose Cleopatra, and we researched more about her life. Though she understood the history of Cleopatra, she sometimes struggled paraphrasing the information in a way that would convince a person to vote for her. This let me know that we may consider working on persuasive writing if we ever have additional time. She completed the assignment and only has one remaining project, which we will probably complete on Tuesday."