Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I introduced math strategies to the student for solving word problems and he was able to grasp the math diagram models. He still has a few multiplication worksheets to complete."
"This first session went well. The main purpose was to get an understanding of the student's level and where his class is at this time. He is in honors algebra II. We reviewed solving equations using logs, the functions and formats of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction of logs and how to do them using his calculator. We also worked on his homework problems finding reference angles, using logs, and finding the quadrants for values of sine, cosine or tangent with a given value or range."
"Today the student and I finished our work on the law of cosines. We also worked through the graphs of sin, cosine, and tangent functions. We then went on to work through a problem where we were to find the area of a pentagon if we were given just one side measure. The student did the majority of the work on this solution, only needing just a few hints, and we were able to solve it completely. This problem showed that he is starting to have a real understanding of trigonometry and how all of the theorems, formulas, and laws that I have shown him fit together. He reports that his class is still going well, and was again not struggling too much with anything that we covered. I left him with some additional trig problems to look over before next session."
"We went over some of her Algebra 2 homework sheets and started going over a study guide for a test she has on Monday. The student is going to continue looking over her study guide. Our next session will be spent working through the problems she had trouble with and practicing the concepts to prepare her for the Algebra 2 exam. The student is able to understand the material very quickly when shown how to work through a problem."
"We prepared the student for the next day's quiz, which his mother informed me would specifically cover: arithmetic sequences, rules of exponents, and graphing linear equations (finding intercepts, use slope-intercept or standard form)."
"We covered more factoring, fractions, and conversions. The student has improved on factoring a bit and is still working on finding least common denominators for variables. We also reviewed doing conversions in the form of word problems. We will meet again next weekend."
"The student and I briefly went over how he did on his test on Friday. Then we talked about writing area and perimeter equations from shapes given a word problem. We talked about finding the area of a trapezoid and where the formula comes from. We talked about area of a parallelogram. I gave him multiple problems on finding a missing piece/side of a shape and then using that piece to find perimeter. It was a better session that two weeks ago. He was focused the entire time."
"The student worked through a chemistry worksheet on ion dissolution in water. He did well and seemed to understand when a molecule dissolves and when it does not. He did not have any work, having been excused from two of his exams, so I asked him to demonstrate his proficiency with algebra-related problems in completing the square and the quadratic formula."
"Good session overall. The student worked mainly on calculation - division and multiplication of decimals. He is handling concepts very well. At times he finds it hard to identify the theorems in the way his teacher would prefer, so we made some flashcards with theorems so he can continue to study them."
"We spent a lot of time going over basic division and long division, which is something the student should have learned in school many years ago. I suspect he did learn it but had forgotten how to do it. We went on to more complicated word problems (involving volumes of 3-D objects, slopes of lines, and other comparably difficult concepts) and he did well with those."
"We reviewed some major geometry concepts: Complementary and Supplementary Angles and Identifying angles formed by a transversal across two parallel lines. I made brightly colored notes for him and he drew pictures and wrote concepts. He was able to use his vocabulary to identify vertical, alternate interior, alternate exterior, corresponding and same-side interior angles. He labeled the angles that were congruent or added up to 180 degrees. We will continue to review."
"The student and I continued preparing for midterms, focusing mostly on her math course. Using a copy of topics to be covered, we went through practice problems for as many of the topics as we could. We discussed angles and angle relationships, scatter plots, linear equations, dimensional analysis, and the Pythagorean theorem, to name a few topics. We also looked at her teacher's website and the reviews that she posted. The student plans to complete those reviews, review missed questions on past tests/quizzes, and go through the practice tests in her workbook to continue to prepare for the test."