Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During the first half of this session, the student showed me the math homework that she had due Monday, consisting of a set of ratio and proportion problems. I began by reviewing the concept of ratios and proportions to ensure that she really understood the steps she was following when solving problems. Then, I had her actually practice solving these types of problems by having her complete half of her assigned problems. During the second half of the session, she asked me to review some of the science material that she is now learning in school, since she expressed that she was slightly unclear about it. In particular, we reviewed the relationship between the Earth's axial tilt as it revolves around the Sun and the existence of four seasons. I concluded the session by having her complete her science assignment due Monday, which consisted of drawing a diagram explaining the cause of Earth's four seasons. When she was finished, rather than directly edit her diagram/caption myself, I guided her in independently revising her own writing to strengthen her editing skills."
"Today lasted a solid three hours. We covered a number of different subjects, including: logarithms and exponents, sines and cosines, z-scores and probability distributions, and radicals. There was a lot of progress made. I managed to resolve the logarithm/exponent confusion with a little bit of labeling, and explaining what logarithms do in terms of exponents. Likewise, rewriting radicals as parenthetical expressions to a given power helped, as did recontextualizing sine and cosine in terms of triangles and circles as well as curves. Overall, I think the session went well, and I hope the student will get a good score tomorrow."
"We began the session by reviewing and reinforcing basic multiplication facts. The student knows his facts and when he is able to take his time, he gets the answers correct. I taught him the 9's trick for multiplication using his fingers. We then did some problems with double digit multiplication and multi digit up through the 100's. We used a strategy for breaking down larger numbers using expanded notation, and I offered a study tip of using graph paper to stay organized with multiplication. We then reviewed the rules for basic operation and decimals and worked on problems. We spent .5 hours of our time on reading comprehension. He read a memoir and responded to open ended questions. He also read Chapter 2 in "Band of Brothers "and gave an oral summary. He will be making note cards on the main characters (their feelings and major events in the book) and will use them to do a character analysis."
"We continued to go over radical equations and are getting closer to having the student completely caught up in class. She is doing great!"
"Today's session was a quick review for the chapter 6 test. We also reviewed chapter 4 and looked at current chapters 7.1 and 7.2."
"We reviewed for a quiz that the student had the following day. We reviewed and worked on problems involving the fundamental theorem of calculus."