Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I studied polynomials. We identified the features of a polynomial such as coefficients, degrees, variables, terms, and constants. We named examples of polynomials and determined their degrees. We studied methods used to add, subtract, and add polynomials. The student caught on quickly to this material. I warned him, however, that the only way to really retain the information is to practice. I am preparing practice worksheets for him to go over during his spare time."
"The student and I touched on parallel lines with relation to transformations of angles in order to compare congruent, vertical, and alternate interior angles. He had some trouble with understanding which point to rotate the angles around, but after a few examples understood how to begin some of the problems. We then went back to scientific notation, which he understood better. We just have to work on when to use which method and why, as he began to confuse the methods for division and subtraction toward the end of the session. We also covered some general exponents, but he had a lot of trouble with that, so we will continue looking over the material next time."
"The student and I tweaked her written problem to where she was satisfied, then we worked on a review of her alchemus. Some of the questions were difficult, but she readily found the correct answer on most of the problems."
"The student and I used a whiteboard to discuss some of the underlying concepts of the problems we had looked at over the last few sessions. I wrote down a subtraction problem using mixed numbers, and then asked her to rewrite it in as many ways as she could think of. My main goal was to get her to have a more flexible relationship with math, and to understand that their are an infinite amount of ways to approach a problem."
"The student and I used our first meeting to assess his study needs heading into finals. We began by discussing his performance in calculus this semester, which he explained had been lacking in effort. We stepped through the concepts to be tested, including vectors, gradients, and multiple integrals, and found he would need significant time to master everything. We will continue to work on this next session."
"The student and I used some multiplication flashcards, completed a review of his homework (concerning positive and negative integers and their use within basic operations, substituting for the variable), and reviewed the basic algorithms. He was quite focused, so we were able to cover a lot of ground."