Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is learning fractions in school. She understands the concept of fractions and can visualize equivalent fractions. With prompting, she got the answers. When we finished her homework (2 night's worth), we practiced some more on paper. Then we moved to Sunshine math and completed the 2nd page of a lesson we began last week. With the remaining time, we moved to multiplication and division problems."
"Today we reviewed some old homework issues in preparation for his 11-4 quiz. By the end of the session, he seemed well refreshed on helpful concepts for the quiz."
"The student and I reviewed his most recent material from his Algebra test, discussed his Algebra homework, and reviewed his Physics homework. He is doing really well in his Algebra class - he currently has a 96% - so much of our discussions are just to check his understanding. We discussed writing the sets of unions and intersections, identifying variables on a graph and relating the variables to each other on the graph, and drawing graphs based on given information. I explained that the independent and dependent variables are always given on the x- and y-axes, respectively, so if he is given a graph, he can immediately and easily identify the variables. In Physics, he recently took a test on acceleration and free fall, so we reviewed some of his questions that he could remember from the exam, as well as went over his homework, which covered vectors. Our next scheduled session is on October 19."
"The student was happy because she earned an A on her latest test. We decided to preview her next lesson. This involves the concept of Percent Greater Than 100%, and Percent Less Than 1%. I started by going over the examples in her book that explain the strategies and steps involved in solving the problems. She then tried to complete the first problem on her own with some difficulty. I had to explain to her that when a percent is less than 1%, you are working with tenth through thousandth. With guided practice, she worked through some more problems until she was comfortable with the material being covered, and she was able to complete a few more practice problems on her own. The student has shown improvement in focusing and grasping the content being covered."
"We began this session by working on one of the student's worksheets on fitting polynomials to corresponding graphs and determining the scale factors. Afterward, we spent the remainder of the time practicing the topics that will be on her upcoming quiz, primarily long division and synthetic division of polynomials."
"We covered naming of compounds, identifying anions and cations, Lewis structures, polarity, and molecule shapes. The student grew more confident in the material during the session and seemed more interested in the material compared to last week. I gave her some new strategies for determining how many electrons are transferred between anions and cations. She wants to practice the naming and bonding more before her exam on Friday, so I gave her a suggestion of how to create her own problems for herself to practice on. I will see the test grade at the next session. I think she will do well on the test, and she seemed motivated to push herself to do well."
"Today, we worked on taking derivatives and how useful they can be when evaluating continuity and differentiability of functions. The student did very well. She maintained a positive attitude throughout the session. I included strategies for using negative exponents to avoid the quotient rule. The extra practice that the student has is from her own material."
"Today, we started going over past exams in preparation for the final in a little under 2 weeks. We covered word problems using substitution, solving for system of equations, absolute value inequalities, and a little bit of graphing inequalities. As for a strategy, we're going to be practicing checking the student's work after she's finished the problem."
"The student and I spent the first half of our session working on math. They have just started working with the quadratic formula; he already has the formula down and is able to utilize it well. The second half of our session was spent on chemistry; we worked on various gas laws and the various manifestations of PV/T = PV/T. Initially he struggled with discerning how to use the formula, but by the end, he was working through problems with minimal assistance. As we move forward, I will continue to reinforce his ability to reduce radicals, and I will push him to use his critical thinking skills to manipulate the gas formula to fit his needs."
"We went through biology and reviewed the chapters that the student had for his exam. They were about cells and different organelles and active and passive transport. Then, we went through geometry and reviewed the parts that he had to study for his exam. We solved several problems as well to make sure he understands how to solve them. He is doing well."
"The student and I worked on counting tally marks and using that information to answer questions. She did very well. We then worked on addition. She did really well today. She always has a great personality and is fun!"
"Today was my first session with the student, and I am excited to work with him. We started by going over some of his physics, but since he did not have much material from this new unit, we went ahead and worked on his math homework. It dealt with factoring and simplifying rational expressions. They use GCF, difference of two squares and trinomial methods to solve the expressions. The student is very strong with this material. He struggled slightly with trinomials with non-one lead coefficient. I worked with a few examples with him and he was able to grasp the pattern pretty well. The student is very bright and I feel with more dedication on his homework he can excel in his classes. He understands the material well, he just needs more practice to perfect the skills. I look forward to more sessions with him!"