Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered concepts in Precalculus, mainly quadratic functions. We also covered imaginary numbers and standard form, which the student was able to understand very well. He had the most trouble with finding the vertex and the zeros of a function, but was able to understand once we looked at examples in his textbook, and I explained each step shown. In chemistry, he said his test from last week went well. He is a very bright student."
"The student and I reviewed again today using her math homework. Part of her review included reducing fractions, which was good. We worked on that over the summer. We did some additional practice with reducing fractions after she finished her homework."
"We began the session with a review of the number recognition we did in the previous session. As the student did before, she quickly put the bears with the numerals in order and matched the ones with the apples to them. Figuring out the written numbers was still challenging for her, but she did it faster than last time, and with less stress. This is as much an exercise in sounding out words, and looking for clues in the letters, as it is in math. After that, we worked on reading. I used Scrabble tiles to spell out words. She was able to easily sound out each word. She takes a second to sound out the letters for each one, then immediately recognizes the word. She gets a little spark of excitement as she says each new word."
"We focused on LR today and on timing. The "conclusion" and "parallel reasoning" type questions seem to be the most difficult for the student, so she should practice those as much as possible. She is doing a great job overall, and her speed/timing was right on target today."
"We went over a science test and its concepts. The student is doing well in general, as these tests tend to be more difficult than average, and some mistakes are fixable. We worked on the strategy of circling key info, and of double checking as he works. He has told me he's someone who finishes with time to spare, so we talked about going over the simple steps again before he moves on. His attitude again was very good. The big part of this session might be the homework. This weekend, he is going to take a full-length practice test that I will send to him. I want him to print it and take it in as close to test conditions as possible, so straight through with only small breaks, timed, and using a calculator when allowed."
"We went over the structure of the test and worked through the Plugging In approach to algebra multiple choice questions. For next meeting, the student is to work through the math fundamentals/basics section of his book and take the first prep test."