Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did really well today. We started by looking at his grades, and I had him calculate what he would need to get on this third marking period to achieve an overall grade of 75 or above (so I also ended up teaching him how to calculate averages). He was really interested because it's a real life math problem, and we ran various scenarios, and he wrote down his goal grade of 87 this marking period. We then played a new game to work on accuracy vs speed, and to help him better judge when to rely on mental math vs writing it down, where he had to do 30 problems, but if he got one wrong, he'd have to do two more in its place. We reviewed topics in chapter 3 of his math book, and then went a little ahead. I taught him factoring, which he will learn in school in a few days. I think it may help his confidence to be a little ahead in school, so when they teach him the material, it will reinforce the topic for him."
"The student did very well on her last test! She was very excited about this result. Her final is coming up this Thursday, and then again next week, so we worked on final review - mainly functions, quadratics, and polynomials."
"The student did very well today! She worked on math worksheets, and she completed some word problems where she had to analyze what steps she had to do and what operation. We also worked on some writing."
"The student did very well yesterday. We started working through HSPT practice, and we have specific goals in mind for improvement, specifically with spelling. I have asked the student to work through four complete chapters, which we will review on Friday. The student and I also reviewed his math work. Please use the website to practice nouns, vocabulary, and do analogy, synonym, and antonym practice. Please also review graphing linear equations."
"The student did well on the majority of his quiz; he had some struggles on the simplifying expressions with negative exponents. Thus, we talked about a couple of examples so he can gain a better understanding of them. We then moved on to his homework, which consisted of 16 problems. Half the exercises involved the use of synthetic division, while the remaining half dealt with long division. After I demonstrated both examples, he was able to finish his homework with ease. He did very well in understanding both concepts of division and was able to apply what he learned immediately. We spent the last half hour going over factoring out differences of squares and factoring out differences and sums of cubes. We applied the SOAP (Same Opposite Always Positive) method for the latter, and he seemed to be comfortable with it."
"The student did well today. She struggled in the beginning with the difference between congruent angles, supplementary angles, and complementary angles. After going over the definitions and examples, she was able to understand. I feel that she needs more practice with these angles. I will send her some practice problems."