Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I met the student today and spoke with her parents about their goals for her over the next several weeks. We discussed her strengths and weaknesses, and the areas which they would like me to work on with her (refreshing math skills from earlier years, practicing test-taking strategies, using time effectively). Then the student and I worked on a math section from her test practice book. She talked through each problem so I could see her approach and her strategies, and when she was faced with difficulty we talked about how to best solve it or what she could do to make the problem more manageable (eliminating obviously wrong answers, "plugging in" or skipping and coming back to it with fresh eyes)."
"We worked on the student's quiz problems involving mostly path integrals and Green's theorem. I would explain the related concepts in detail and show how such concepts must be applied."
"The student and I worked more on factoring and distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers. He used the greatest common factoring method to reduce fractions to their simplest forms."
"Today went much better than last week. The student opened up and told me he doesn't like raising his hand or asking questions in class because he's afraid the other students will laugh at him. I talked to him about how important it is to ask questions when he doesn't understand something. We brainstormed together about approaching his teacher during or outside of class to let her know he doesn't understand something and to get extra help. We also agreed that if he thought of a question in class and didn't want to ask it right then, he will write it down. That way, he will remember his question when he asks either his teacher or me for help. I came to the session today with practice problems written out based on the quiz we were going over last week. He's retaking the quiz tomorrow. We got through the tougher part of the review and reinforced what we practiced last week, mainly proportions and cross multiplication. We practiced drawing figures to represent what we were talking about (cups of concentrate and water mixed together for juice) and he said that helped. He knows that if he has any questions, he or his mom can call or email me."
"We went through absolute equation graphs and reviewed a practice worksheet for slope-intercept and point-slope equations. The student seemed comfortable with the concepts, so I showed him a couple of alternative methods. I think that he understands the concepts of these equations and graphs."
"We went over how to find the measures of interior and exterior angles of triangles and other regular polygons. We also reviewed past sessions to prepare for the student's quiz tomorrow."