Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I also retaught scientific notation. I also retaught GCF and LCM."
"We reviewed everything today. We particularly focused on proportions. When solving for a missing side of a shape, set up a proportion with everything you know. If you have extra information, ignore a side (like on triangles where they give you every side of one triangle). We also went over adding and subtracting feet and inches with fractions. You'll have to borrow a foot from the feet in some cases (which means you add 12 inches to your inches). You might need to change the inches into an improper fraction to subtract. When you are squaring a negative number in parenthesis like (-4), your answer will be positive because you are squaring the entire parenthesis. If you just have -4^2, then your answer is -16 because the square only applies to the 4 in this case. The negative is unaffected."
"We reviewed integers (multiplying and dividing), order of operations, multiplication tables, and long division. The student is wonderful to work with. He has a thirst for knowledge that he exhibits when learning new concepts. I provided him with flashcards and he is going to work on a few problems so that he can become more confident in his abilities."
"We reviewed Least Common Multiple (LCM) and Greatest Common Factor (GCF) word problems. (I taught her to try to remember: there are many multiples, but only a few factors. Factors are numbers that go evenly into a number, so by definition they are smaller than that number. Multiples are the products you get using a number, so by definition there are an infinite number of multiples one can keep listing.) The hardest part of these word problems will be figuring out whether to use GCF or LCM, because the wording in the problems can be confusing and sometimes the answer is counterintuitive. However, once she finds the key words, she does well. We reviewed the importance of units and answering the question asked. I left some practice that may be helpful before the quiz on Friday. Quickly, we also reviewed equivalent fractions, strategies to find them, and introduced the idea that ratios (next topic) are just equivalent fractions."
"We reviewed over pre-algebra subjects that the student had trouble with in the last session such as operations of fractions and exponents. We worked on solving application problems being that she noted that she wasn't good at understanding how to solve word problems. Today she struggled with solving multi-step equations. She has a quick reference packet to review at home."
"We reviewed questions that the student had from the math section in her ACT course to start the session. Then we moved on to angle and circle drills, and finished by working through example problems in her ACT practice book."