Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's mother sent me 2 problems that the student had difficulty with the week that I was away. These two problems were rounding, which was just her not showing her work to change the 0's, and choosing the correct operation in a word problem. We practiced with DMSBD, and she solved the problem with me. The student has a test when she returns to school next week. The review tonight included classifying triangles and finding missing angles. She needed the review, but did great at checking her answer to make sure she had the right answers."
"The student's next test is on Monday, so we used the session to prepare for the assessment. The test will cover z-scores and normal distributions. We reviewed the following topics: the formula for standardizing values (i.e., computing z-scores), finding probabilities of ranges of scores, finding quartiles and percentiles, writing probability statements and complete answers in solutions, and use of the graphing calculator (i.e., NormCDf and invNorm). We also discussed ways to determine if a normal model is appropriate for a distribution given its shape, outliers, etc."
"The student's teacher has started covering exponents, so we spent most of the session working on that. She's starting to get to grips with them, though she wasn't seeing the real-world implications of/uses for them. We did make some progress; continued practice will help solidify what we went over."
"The student's teacher sent home some materials to work with, as she told her teacher that she has a tutor. We worked on some of the Math work that was sent home since we had worked on ELA the previous night. The student can count progressively without issue. However, when she needed to count backwards, she was unable to do it. I believe that is why she is having an issue with subtraction. I took Post-It notes and wrote a number on each one 1-13. We placed them on the corners of the tiles on the floor and created a large number line. I had her stand on a number X and add Y. She would move and was able to better understand that moving "forward" was adding. I would then have her stand on number X and subtract Y. After practicing several times, she was better able to comprehend the concept. The next time I see her, we will continue to work on Math. Presently, that is what I see as her greatest challenge."
"The student's test is tomorrow, so we reviewed by doing his review packet and looking for any problem areas. He did great, but had trouble with two types of problems: ones with distribution, particularly when distributing only a negative sign or a fraction, and also word problems in which the wording is out of order from the equation. We did extra work on these, and he will watch for both types of problems tomorrow. He is doing great on the mechanics of solving equations, so it will come down to whether he is setting up the equations correctly."
"The students and I spent time reviewing some topics to see where they are and starting working problems from the algebra 2 book that their mother wants them to do. Topics include triangles, complementary and supplementary angles, algebraic manipulation, exponents, positive and negative numbers, etc."