Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We revisited comparing and ordering decimals using a number and other strategies. We talked about balancing the numbers before comparing them by adding zeros. We talked about putting a dollar sign in front of the number, because they are comfortable reading and comparing money. Homework was assigned."
"We focused on math this session. The student has a good understanding of addition and subtraction concepts and is able to add and subtract without the use of manipulatives or a number line. We reviewed her schoolwork. The errors present in her schoolwork are mostly from not reading the directions. She was able to answer addition and subtraction problems presented with flashcards accurately. We then played games to reinforce the skill."
"Today we worked on the student's math homework, which focused on long division with decimals. She was doing very well with the material and rarely needed my guidance. She says she loves this topic. Her only struggle was word problems, but I've helped her with reading the information multiple times and figuring out first what she needs to solve and then using the information that is given to her to then solve the problem."
"The student and I reviewed his Rules of Exponents quiz corrections and his homework assignment on adding/ subtracting and multiplying/ dividing values in scientific notation. He did well with scientific notation. As always, the more he practices, the better he will do. He seems confident in the material we covered and definitely seems to grasp it well. I think his biggest challenge is slowing down, reading the question carefully, and paying attention to the details of the question. It's very easy in math to feel comfortable in one's ability to successfully complete questions and then rush through them; the trick is to treat each question with respect because they are all going to be slightly different. If one looks at a question and immediately thinks "Piece of cake! I've seen this before," one could easily miss what makes that problem different from the others. Overall, I'd say he definitely seems to be progressing both skill-wise and confidence-wise!"
"We focused on evaluating real-life scenarios and translating them into solvable linear equations. The student seems to understand the material."
"Today we focused on strategies for taking the new PSAT. We looked at multiple choice problems where he could use a calculator. When he first looks at a problem he needs to decide if he can eliminate at least two of the choices. On problems asking him to solve for a variable, we took the middle value of those offered in the multiple choice and plugged it in. If the end result was too high, we knew it had to be a larger number, too small and it had to be one of the smaller numbers. We looked at how to answer the free response and reviewed different forms of quadratic equations."