Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Session Two Tutoring Review During the student's second session, we focused on Tutoring Goal(s) 1,2, 3, 5, and 6 which involved building a solid foundation and understanding in the concepts of algebra, problem solving techniques, word problem solving, building her confidence, and beginning the discussion on not comparing her abilities to other people's abilities. Our session focused mainly on reviewing her homework and identifying any areas that may cause confusion for her. Below is a synopsis of the topics we discussed: We reviewed solving word problems and the concept of setting equations equal to each other in order to solve for a common variable. We worked on creating equations from word problems and variable identification. We reviewed equation notation and what to do if an equation does not give a valid solution. We evaluated multivariable equations and practiced solving difficult equations. We reviewed some of the student's homework. Student's Homework and our Plan for Session II: Our next session is scheduled for Wednesday at 4pm. I asked her to complete her homework and to make note of any areas that may cause her confusion. I asked her to practice the methods that we learned today when she works through her homework. Wednesday we will have a brief overview of any concepts that she may not understand from her homework or lectures, and then we will focus on the problems from any current assigned homework. Notes: She and I spent a fair amount of time reviewing some difficult word problems. She has a much better grasp on the concepts of word problem solving, which she had identified as one of her weak areas. She caught on quickly and was able to apply the techniques that we went over. She is a very intelligent and intuitive girl! I enjoyed working with the student, and she continues to impress me!"
"Today, we covered multiplying and dividing expressions that needed to be factored. We then moved into adding and subtracting expressions. We will continue with that next session."
"The student believes that her test went well. She is currently learning how to use variables. We worked on turning statements with variables into sentences (A number is less than __ and greater than __.) We went through problems where I tested her ability to organize statements and turn them into sentences. I explained that if she changes one variable in an equation, she must do the same to all numbers in the equation. We then did some basic algebraic problems. She was able to get the answer. She said that she is uncomfortable with subtracting negative numbers, a fear that I would like to confront. She would ask me for guidance when there were problems with negative numbers, but with my questions, she was able to figure out what to do. We need to work through more problems in order to boost her confidence in the topic. I will bring some questions to begin our next session."
"I enjoyed working with my student. We covered some fourth grade math problems having to do with three digit number addition and subtraction. I think he needs some more interactive strategies to bring his skills up, so that's what I'm going to work on during our next session."
"The student was very cooperative today! We started with spelling by going over her er phonograms and grammar rules. Then we worked on her spelling words list, which was easy for her. We moved on to grammar, which was more practice classifying sentences and a vs. an. We made it through both of these quickly, and I had her mostly write in cursive for practice. We worked on math at the end, which was reviewing addition and then learning about parallelograms and congruent shapes."
"We went over the problems I had assigned the student, reviewing the concepts behind and methods for computing greatest common factors and least common multiples, as well as "triangle numbers" and sums of numbers from 1 to a positive integer. We also covered the shortcut for evaluating these sums. I assigned a new set of problems for him to work on for next week. This session, his engagement and focus were noticeably improved."