Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, the student and I reviewed measurement for her upcoming units, and we also worked on some word problems that I provided. We went over length measurements, going over inches, feet, yards, and miles, as well as millimeters and centimeters. We also covered weight - ounces, pounds, tons, grams, and kilograms. She had definitely forgotten the breakdowns of some of these units (16 oz. in a lb., 3 ft. in a yd., etc.) so it's good that she got to refresh these topics before going into class. We also discussed logic; taking different items and identifying what the best unit would be to measure them with. We listed all of the different measurements from smallest to largest for both weight and length, and this was very helpful for her. For the rest of the time, we worked on word problems. We really got to focus on her reading comprehension. In general, the questions were less complex than the ones she works on for class, but some of the questions were more math oriented, and others required more strategic thinking and focus on specific directions. I had her underline the important words of the problems using different colors, and made sure her work contained all of the different colors (all of the important components). It was interesting to see her working on these less complex problems, because when it came to questions that required only division, she had no problems at all. Yet when division became one of multiple steps, she would hesitate and get confused again. Separating the steps seemed to help, but it is definitely something we'll have to continue working on."
"We covered how to determine the equation of a function from its graph. We also focused on simplifying and graphing more challenging rational expressions and equations."
"I met this student for the first time on Tuesday. He was having some trouble with inverses, particularly with tricky domain restrictions and with rational exponents. I can tell he's very smart. He can solve the majority of the problems in his head, and he's really good about asking questions to figure out exactly which piece he's missing. He's so used to solving problems in his head that he's not very organized about writing his steps down. This makes it easy to get lost on the harder problems or the ones where there's a tricky twist, so we'll have to work on his writing out the work. This time I encouraged him to write fractions with a horizontal line instead of a slash because I think it makes things a lot clearer. I helped clear up some of his thoughts about inverses and domains and rational exponents, all of which he grasped very well. He did get hung up on rationalizing denominators, so we did some extra practice to try to get that to sink in. We'll have to check back on that next time too. Fortunately he didn't just move on when he didn't get it - he kept pushing me to explain it in different ways and give more examples, which is really encouraging. Understanding what you know and what you don't is really important, and the student's very good about that."
"The student had a chapter review test from school so we began the session by going over that entire sheet in detail which covered multiplication of one and two digits with money, properties of multiplication, multiplication with estimation of the products, math word problems consisting of multiplication and division, and factorization. I covered the basic steps to solving all of these types of problems, and left her with two pages of notes that were taken while going over these problems. It was a great session. I asked her if she had any questions for me and if she understood everything and she said yes."
"We went through the student's project. She had to draw a picture and then define different functions by their domain and range. I explained to her how she has to do that and she was able to do them by herself. Then we worked on her chemistry project. She is doing well."
"Today we discussed how to graph absolute values. In addition, we worked through several worksheets on defining domain, range, and function. We continued on working through word problems and problem solving. The student did really well today."