Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started by picking up with the earth science state assessment we worked on last session. He attained more practice with using his earth science reference table and was refreshed on vocabulary he hadn't seen in a while. He needs to remember to use the legend on the same page as the map, not a legend on a different page even if it happens to have the same symbol. For passage based questions that provide a map, he should look at the map provided in the passage first and then at the maps in his earth science reference table, if necessary. With questions that ask for the picture representing the correct weather front, he should use his reference table to verify the symbol-- these are very easy questions to get right! All in all, he did well with earth science and understood his mistakes. For the second half of the session, he and I worked on Algebra. We completed a worksheet on cumulative frequency along with the remainder of an algebra state assessment. We also worked on algebraic word problems containing two variables and reviewed inequalities. He learned how to use trigonometric ratios: Sine= Sin= Opposite/Hypotenuse, Cosine = Cos= Adjacent/ Hypotenuse, Tangent= Tan= Opposite/Adjacent. He needs more practice with this topic. I will find Trigonometry questions from past state assessment exams and work with him on those. He did very well with solving system of equations graphically, solving quadratics, and setting up tree diagrams. He is very bright and catches on to challenging questions quickly."
"Today the student and I looked over her summer packet to prepare for her algebra class next year. We worked on some pretty basic material, as well as material on exponentials, different seasons and times."
"Today, I gave the student a practice test to see where he stands. He got an A on it, making me very confident that he will pass his test."
"The student shows initiative through the session. She simply needs simpler explanations that what the teacher initially gives."
"Interestingly, the graphing we did last week seems to have been a bit of a diversion from the two-step equations, which are now complicated further by becoming two-step inequalities. I explained to the student the meaning of the inequality symbols, and stressed the fact that they can be solved the same way as regular two-step equations, except for the fact that the sign must be flipped if the two sides are multiplied or divided by a negative number. I also used a real world example (2 feet being higher than 1 foot, but -2 feet being lower than -1 foot) to explain why multiplying or dividing by a negative flips the direction of the inequality. After doing one self-made example, I watched as she completed her homework with only positive, agreeing input from me. She has definitely retained the ability to do two-step equations, and has translated them on to inequalities."
"For this tutoring session, I helped the student work on a worksheet that involved graphing equations, finding the x and y intercepts, and finding the two points of intersection. She had only been taught to find the points of intersection through looking at her graph so I taught her a more accurate way by equating to equations to each other and solving for x, as well as how to use quadratic formula."