Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I continued studying for his math test this upcoming Friday. We picked up where we left off, going through his old tests. We looked at all of the problems and made sure he knew how to handle each concept. We made good progress and got through all but three of his tests. We will have to do those this Thursday. I told the student to copy a large handful of the problems from those tests onto a blank piece of paper so he can really test himself. We made really good progress today, covering at least 50% of the tests he's had this year. I reiterated the fact that he needs to spend time outside of our sessions to really shore up his understanding."
"The student completed all of the tests for Chapters 1-5 so far, and together we worked through 2 sections of chapter 6. We have agreed that during the week before her final exam in August, she will sit through the tests her brother has kept as review. She has a good understanding of radicals, and is becoming more confident after reviewing past concepts. We will try to finish chapter 6 during our next session."
"I printed out two worksheets offline and we worked on them for most of the time. They had to do with adding complex fractions, getting common denominators. Also worked on finding the length of an arc, which was some recap from geometry. We touched on some trigonometry work, but that looks like it will be at the end of the course for the student so maybe we will wait until later for that. I left him with some homework, mostly factoring problems. We will meet again next Tuesday at 6:30!"
"The student and I worked on algebra, primarily with linear equations and graphing. The material was tougher than last week, but the student still seems to have a very good feel for the concepts involved. We also looked through some of his tests from the past week and clarified any confusion, though his understanding and grades on the tests were quite high. His understanding of slope, intercepts, and both slope-intercept and point-slope form were very good. He had a bit more of his homework to finish, but he felt comfortable completing it on his own. I asked him to take note of particular problems or concepts throughout the week that we can address when we meet on Tuesdays. I have no concerns from this session."
"The student and I went over his assigned review homework from the past few weeks, and finished up any problems he had questions on or didn't finish. Most of our work has focused on the first four chapters of the book - covering polynomials, combining like terms, distributive property, etc."
"We began chapter 3 on graphing and finding slope during this session. We completed review and practice problems for sections 13.1-13.3 and completed the corresponding homework. The current material is more straightforward than the previous chapter, so the student is grasping the concepts better."
"We reviewed the process of calculating percentages, this time with a more graphical approach. The student seemed to better grasp the concepts when drawn out. We then worked through solving equations that involved 2 algebraic operations."
"We went over strategy for summer studying for the test for the student along with some chemistry and algebra 2/trigonometry review for the test."
"It was so wonderful to meet the student and his mom today. I can tell they want to put 100% of interest into our tutoring sessions, and that also motivates me to give my best! Today, in our first session we covered section 1.1 in his book which included "using variables." I left him with some homework for him to do it for tomorrow. I also got the book that we will be using in order to make a lesson plan for the whole summer and have a schedule ready for him and I to follow in each session. I believe today's session was very successful for my student."
"The student is retaking Calculus 2 as a senior. He wants to review the major concepts of Calc 2. I am writing up a set of notes and problems that I will scan and email to him. Next session will cover initial conditions, Riemann sums and fundamental theorem of Calculus."
"Today, the student and I reviewed the Earth Science practice exam which he had completed on his own. He did well with most questions, but should remember to utilize his earth science reference tables if he comes across a question that requires specific information regarding rock classifications/rock symbols/weather symbols/half lives/ etc. A closer reading of some questions could also benefit him. During the second half of the session, we worked through Algebra questions. He did well with most questions, and is remembering to keep the common factor outside of the parentheses and not eliminate it completely."
"The student was very responsive to what I was teaching him. We mainly covered topics such as solving quadratic equations ( using various methods i.e. quadratic equation, graphing, factoring). There were many problems dealing with word problems that would require you to build a quadratic equation to solve it. He had some early difficulty understanding how to translate word problems into math equations but towards the end he caught on. We worked on one of his homework assignments."