Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week there are midterms! She took her first midterm yesterday and felt pretty good, the next midterm is tomorrow. To study we reviewed the solutions to past homework and did a few extra practice problems from the book. We added some good theorems to her note sheet, and in our practice problems saw a great example of how multiplying by a fancy "1" can help you use our theorems."
"This week was more function work given its breadth, this time checking back to quadratics, factoring, FOILing, and general exponent and radical work. The quadratic stuff had gotten pretty rusty, so I'll be working to build review of previous topics into each session so the student and I don't lose progress. Her classwork in math is still fairly basic, and we seem to be beyond what the higher 8th-grade classes are covering as well."
"This week, for our Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday sessions, he and I worked on Algebra and English, specifically distributive property and vocabulary, as well as Lord of the Flies. He is bright as always, but he needs to be more prepared for our sessions, both physically and mentally; he is often tired/unmotivated and wastes time finding books he needs for our sessions. Apart from this, he understands the material and is always improving."
"This week, we have gotten into a steady routine in going through homework concepts in different subjects. As she is struggling most with math, I concentrate the majority of the time here. We have gone over comparing real numbers, rational vs. irrational, whole numbers, integers, etc. In addition, we have worked through some pre algebra concepts relating to solving for x when the x is on both sides. We have reviewed some common Spanish vocabulary as well (for Spanish class)."
"To help the student better understand exponents, today we delved into multiplying the same base with different exponents. He completed several problems for practice and did very well! Great job! Since we had a little time left, I then showed him how to divide the same base with different exponents. We were only able to complete approximately half of the practice problems, but he understood what to do, and completed the problems correctly. We will revisit the rest of the problems during a future session. I left the handout I brought on scientific notation for him to read and practice doing a few conversions from standard form to scientific notation and vice versa."
"To prepare for the upcoming test, the student and I reviewed simple interest problems. He didn't have a good understanding of the different components of the formula, but, after explanation, he was able to input the correct values from the scenarios and solve for the appropriate variable."