Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, I reviewed the student's algebra math quiz that her teacher returned for her in school. She scored a 100%, which was truly impressive! Nonetheless, she pointed out a few questions that had caused her some initial trouble when completing the quiz. I went over the various methods to solve these questions and then provided her with some additional questions that were similar to these ones, so that she could feel completely comfortable and challenge herself more with the material."
"The student is having a test on chapter 6 tomorrow. I chose problems from each chapter to review and we also worked on some word problems. He knows the material but he is not very confident so when I have him work through the problems (I have him talk through each step so I can be sure he understands the concepts and why he needs to follow a set process) I can give him a lot of positive reinforcement to bolster his confidence. I asked him what is his self talk during games. He told me he speaks to himself quietly and tells himself "I got this" so I reinforced this message for every step of every problem. There was only one area he faltered but he would catch the mistake (subtracting mixed numbers and renaming - he might forget to add the renamed whole number as a fraction to the original fraction) but I pointed out this one and only weakness to his mother so when they studied again she could watch out for it. I wanted to make sure she knew that the student really understood the material and the self talk I wanted him to focus on so he went in feeling confident and prepared. I left feeling he was very ready for his test on adding and subtracting fractions."
"We worked on organization of homework and grade checks. In math we reviewed word problems, fractions, decimals, multiplication, and long division."
"The student has a unit test on Friday, and he expressed that he was struggling with graphing rational expressions more than anything else in the unit. Specifically, he was having a difficult time with understanding and finding asymptotes in the equations. We completed several problems that included finding both horizontal and vertical asymptotes, and by the end he seemed to be stronger in his efforts. He said that for the most part he was understanding the other material in the chapter and thought that he could do well on his upcoming exam."
"This was the first session the student and I had since she had taken her final in the class two weeks ago, so we were starting with new material. She primarily asked questions about working with sums and how they are related to taking an integral/Riemann Sum of a function. After that, we covered the rest of the worksheet she was given in class, which gave an introduction to integrals by visualizing them and evaluating them by estimating the area under the curve. I explained to her the concept of breaking the area into different shapes that can be easily solved. I also gave her a preview of how we solve integrals using antiderivatives, which I anticipate she will be doing in class soon."
"We covered optimization and many rules to find out how a function looks when plotted on a graph. The student struggled with keeping all of the rules straight in his mind. I taught him some very easy tricks to figure out how the function looks when it's graphed that don't require knowing the rules. He has a quiz in two sections on Friday so we covered questions related to both of those sections. We created a review sheet for his quiz also."