Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over questions the student had from her homework and text regarding linear equations and functions. Generally the student gets the concepts and can do the calculations just fine. She occasionally gets confused with the wording of a problem and doesn't understand what the problem is asking for. Once we get past that issue she does just fine. We went over slope and y-intercept of a linear equation. We also went through the 2 more ways to write a linear equation: slope-intercept form and slope-point form. I did notice that the student was having more problems with questions asking for rate of change and realized she was not equating rate of change to slope. I explained that the rate of change in these particular problems is identical to the slope of the line between the 2 points. Once she understood that she got the problems much better. Lastly we talked about what defines a function, specifically a linear function y that is a function of x. The student did fine with this concept."
"We practiced divided shapes into halves, thirds, and quarters, and then worked on writing fractions based on these drawings. She made mistakes writing fractions by not always remembering what to use as a denominator, but she was able to fix her mistakes on her own when prompted. The student doesn't seem to like math much but she tolerates it. After talking with her mother we made a plan to push the student to check her answers after she completes problems in order to encourage independence and confidence."
"Today, we prepared for her Friday exam over systems of equations. In this, we reviewed solving for variables using graphing, substitution and elimination. Further, we set up equations, solved inequalities and solved business optimization with limited resources and time."
"Worked on calculating area and circumference of circles, also on relationship between the radius and diameter. Discussed problems using order of operations, multiplication and division of fractions including mixed numbers, multiplication and division of decimal numbers. Also worked on finding area of triangles and parallelograms."
"Concepts covered: 1). Angle-sum Theorem for Triangles, Problems - solve for 'x' 2). Parallel lines, transversals, and angles or angle pairs formed by them, problems - solve for 'x' 3). Midsegments, medians in triangles, ratios of medians in triangles; problems - solve for 'x' 4) We did the review problems of chapter 2 for her upcoming unit test. Student struggled in identifying angles, set up an equation to solve for 'x', and some procedural mistakes. She did pretty well at the end of the sessions. I am hoping that she does her best in the test."
"We went over an exam that the student took. She did alright on it, however, we worked through it to correct any errors and go over concepts. They consisted mostly of geometry. We also worked on reading comprehension questions for the book "The Giver"."
"We worked on three sections of trigonometry. The student definitely has a much better grasp of this subject than previous math subjects. The only challenge now is to memorize her special triangle trigonometry."
"We did a very long session covering a quiz and other related concepts covered in the quiz. We reviewed quadratic equations, solving for roots, solving for vertexes, solving for intercepts, finding equations of exponentials via inspection of graph, etc."
"This was the last session with the student for this class. We concentrated on going over some practice questions in preparation for her final tomorrow. Specifically, we talked about assumptions in statistical tests, multiple regression and multicolinearity, correlation matrices, null hypotheses, F ratio, and ANOVA. The student stated that she found the class very difficult since the students have to teach themselves for all intents and purposes. She said the tutoring had been helpful, she only wished she had sought help sooner."
"During this session we spent the majority of the time reviewing basic 6th grade math concepts. The student says that she is feeling more confident with her math skills. She also said that she reviewed her math test with her father and felt very confident in the test retake. At the end of the session I left the student with review and gave her a mastery test. She obtained an 80%."
"The student and I covered adding and subtracting fractions today. We discussed all of the problems from his workbook, and I made up extras. He said he made a 100% on his test review and felt great about his test he took last Friday."
"We covered sequences, series, and spent time with word problems to review for the student's final exam. The student has been completing her homework mostly alone, marking questions she needs help on, and has good questions prepared so I can best help her. She has made great progress!"