Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student wanted to go over some test questions that she was not sure of. We worked those to the point where she knew exactly what she did incorrectly. Then she asked for some L'Hopital's Rule questions. I provided her with about 30 of them and emailed them to her. She will get back with me if she has some problems with them. This session lasted one hour."
"The student was excited to practice his handwriting by playing handwriting tic-tac-toe. We practiced the last half of the alphabet, and he is able to write small letters legibly. We played a few math games that involved comparing fractions. He was able to use a number line to easily identify equivalent fractions and to compare fraction size. We also practiced multiplication facts. We completed timed races, and he was able to solve ten multiplication facts in under a minute. He gained more confidence when he realized that he can solve easier math facts (the 0, 1, and 10 times tables) in as little as 30 seconds. He was disappointed when we had to stop. We will continue practicing multiplication facts to increase his confidence in his math abilities."
"The student was given two worksheets with a total of 25 trig identity problems, and she is being asked to choose 9 to solve. Three of the nine have a higher level of difficulty. She has a great attitude and attacks all the problems with enthusiasm. She has been working on them all week, and she has completed the ones that she needs. Solving them requires being able to apply the rules for multiplying binomials and factoring trinomials to the trigonometric functions. Statements are rearranged with substitutions using the various identities to prove that two statements are equal. While these can be puzzling, it can be a lot of fun to actually solve them. She is doing a great job!"
"The student was having difficulty counting forward by 5, 10, 25, and 100, so I started her out with counting by 1. This made me realize her problem is knowing how to count from a number with a last digit of 9, plus another number (ex: 129 + 1 = 130). We used the numbers chart (0-9) so she could see that after 9 comes 10, which meant she had to add the 1 to the next value place. She was able to correctly count by 1, and even was able to get to the number following a 9 (329, 330), but she will need more practice. We'll continue to work on that in our next sessions. There are some activities we can do to get her to continue to practice it."
"The student was having difficulty multiplying numbers. We reviewed the multiplication table. We wrote out a sheet reviewing the multiplication table. He learned a new technique to review the table. He was then quizzed on this method. He then showed me his math homework, which was to multiply two-digit numbers by two-digit numbers. I wrote out and then showed him how to complete three problems. I then encouraged him to complete a couple. We completed several problems. I then gave him 12 problems to complete for the next session. He was receptive and appreciated the lesson."
"The student was in the zone today. She was more focused than she's been recently, and has a strong grasp of the material for tomorrow's math quiz. She worked on her homework on the digit dials, and we went through some sample questions she could be asked about that, and exponents. She practiced some with negatives, and got a good handle on them. Then we ran a speed round of exponents, and she now feels confident about them."