Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we mainly went over the topics that will be covered in the student's quiz tomorrow. We reviewed the 3 sections that they have covered so far, which are definitions of derivatives, finding differentiability, and using rules to calculate the derivative. We mainly went over practice problems and discussed tips in solving these problems."
"Today, we went over some exercises I had prepared for him to review factoring polynomials, greatest common factors, lowest common multiples, etc. The student is improving, although on occasion he struggles with some of the larger numbers. I'm hoping to see some more improvement in comprehension on Thursday with some more repetition."
"Did our normal Thursday session today. Went over some topics in plane geometry. Did compass constructions: reproducing line segments, reproducing angles, reproducing triangles, bisecting angles, and bisecting lines. Covered topics in algebra, too. Worked through graphing linear and quadratic equations with tables of values. Continued our reinforcing of calculation rules and dealing with how 2 numbers of varying signs combine when doing addition, multiplication, and power calculations. Also covered characteristics of linear equations, quadratic equations, arithmetic functions, and others. Talked about how graphing augments reasoning and vice versa; some tricks and techniques. Good session, overall."
"We prepared for his Chapter 5.1-5.6 quiz. We worked through his review sheet. It included topics such as factoring, synthetic division, long division with variables, graphing absolute value/parabola and logical equations. The only part he seemed to have trouble with was how to solve for a few of the solutions when factoring, however, I believe we cleared up those issues."
"We went over graphing radical and cube root functions (emphasis on finding range and domain, and creating a mirror axis). We also discussed his recent chemistry topics on Lewis dot structure and covalent bonding of atoms (analyzing the periodic table according to rows and periods, and understanding the octet rule). I am mostly concerned with his desire to solve problems in his head rather than writing them down. In our next session. I am going to try and focus on getting him to write out the problems in order to avoid simple errors."
"This week, we once again covered slope intercept form (y=mx+b) and how to apply it when solving for x and y intercepts. Additionally, we applied this to word problems, assigning real life values to x and y. In this, we discussed what slope means in the context of a word problem and practiced thinking critically. There was a lot improvement this week in the student identifying the proper steps to take to solve each problem. We went over homework that she completed throughout the week, and little to no correction was needed. This week, we worked through her material in only 30 min. We spent the rest of time going over the chapter as a whole and reviewing material, but as we finished, I asked her to collect more material during the week that she feels would be helpful to go over and to bring it with her to our session. I also left her with some bullet points to review about slope intercept."
"Today's session covered review questions for the test tomorrow in math. After the review worksheet, we worked on the extra credit worksheet as well, because the student wanted the extra practice, which I thought was great! Overall, he has a great concept of solving equations, solving the questions at a faster pace than before. One area that could be improved is the distributive property, as well as working with negative integers. These have both improved since the last sessions, but he still seems to make mistakes occasionally."
"The student had already completed about half of his homework when I arrived. We continued to work through his homework, which he was able to finish easily. He did very well on his last quiz (an A!) and we reworked the one question from the quiz that he missed. We also reviewed material from the entire chapter, in order to prepare for the next test (date TBA)."
"We covered division and multiplication of integers. The student has trouble slowing down to work the problem. He tries to solve it in his head before he does the work. We worked on slowing him down to get him to think about the problem before we start solving. We finished his homework and practiced with word problems."
"The student and I focused entirely on math today, as I helped him with his homework. I was notified by his father that he got an 87 on his Math test last Friday which made me very happy. He is a very bright kid, and he understands math very well. I worked on breaking problems down with him and gave him step-by-step instructions to successfully approach each problem he sees. I reminded him to slow down, check his work, and always keep track of what he is doing, so that he can see where he might make mistakes and catch them. I left him to finish up his homework but have not given him any additional practice. Rather, I gave him some steps to follow and just general advice to utilize. I trust that, as we work together, he will become more confident and continue to excel in his studies."
"The student and I worked on a cumulative review sheet for an upcoming test. She received a 94% on recent classwork and a 100% on recent homework. We continued to practice basic algebraic concepts and reviewed finding/completing number patterns. With additional time after completing homework, I had her complete practice problems online from."
"This was my first meeting with the student. We covered recent class material in geometry, especially angle properties and theorems (vertical angles, corresponding angles, etc.) and triangle properties (equilateral, isosceles, scalene etc.). I walked him through recent class notes, which he had expressed confusion in. In the last 20 minutes, we discussed memorization study strategies. He had a quiz the following day on the Table of Elements."