Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on inconsistent vs. consistent, as well as dependent vs. independent functions. As noted earlier, the student has an excellent handle on the material. Her ability to solve the problems is fine, but occasionally she needs to slow down. This will help her to work more efficiently and avoid simple mistakes such as sign errors."
"We started the session with geometry and finding the area of various shapes. The student did well with that but should work on memorizing more of the formulas so that she doesn't need to look them up. In algebra she had recently taken a test on simplifying radicals. She had mixed up one of the rules which cost her some points. I also think she might need more practice doing problems in a testing environment. We also did problems involving exponents."
"We spent the first half of the session wrapping up our worksheet from the last two sessions. The student did great in quickly analyzing the word problems and figuring out the right math to apply. For the second half of the session, we reviewed missed questions from her last test. I suggested several ideas for how better to visualize graphing problems and she quickly corrected her mistakes based on the tips."
"The student had a worksheet over polynomials, including combining like terms and the distributive property. After going over the worksheet, we worked on adding/subtracting and multiplying/dividing fractions with negatives. We then refreshed factoring polynomials."
"We went over the rest of the student's quiz over slope intercept form. We covered how to find the slope of a line using either a graph, an equation, or coordinates. We also covered how to find the equation of a parallel line and a perpendicular line. We then did some problems in her practice packet. She showed increased understanding in all fields covered. I asked her to do as much of the practice packet as she can for our next scheduled session, Friday 4:30pm - 6:00pm."
"The student had her test last week on polynomials (what we've been covering for the past couple sessions) and she got 96%! This week, we covered quadratics. We went over how to graph a quadratic equation, how to know if it's "up" or "down, how to find the vertex, and how to find the axis of symmetry. We also went through her past lessons, and went over how to find the slope of a graph and how to write an equation for a line given a point."
"The student and I discussed how we find the probability of events that happen in sequence. We practiced making tree diagrams to enumerate possible outcomes, and we figured out how to skip that step using exponentiation of factorials. We briefly discussed permutations and combinations and the difference between the two."
"We prepared for the student's upcoming math placement test at school by covering factoring, multiplying polynomials, radical expressions, and word problems (distance, rate, and time). She made excellent progress."
"The student and I went over equations during the session. She was assigned a homework packet of simple linear equations which she had to solve and turn back in on Monday. The session went really well, we were able to finish the entire homework in 30 minutes because she grasped the concepts quickly. Afterwards, I taught her how to solve some quadratic, cubic and higher order equations."
"The student and I started by working through her algebra assignment focusing on solving polynomials using the method of completing the square. We then switched to chemistry to work on balancing acid and base neutralizing reactions. We finished our time by working through her physics homework on electrostatics."
"We worked through specific state assessment problems (mostly focusing on linear equations and quadratics in multiple formats - equations, graphs, word problems). He keeps failing by one question. He is very thorough in his work, and I don't think his problem is the concept, but applying test taking strategies. I showed him a few calculator strategies to check his work or to solve problems more efficiently and accurately. He is a hard working student. I am emailing his dad some extra practice problems so that the student can practice before our next session."
"The student and I had a good session. We reviewed the process of calculating tension on a three legged bridal system. We worked on committing the formulas to memory and ways to organize the information so as to decrease the risk of error. However, I think mastery of this topic is going to take significant independent practice on his part. The student said that he'd worked a couple of other sections on his own during the week and we may or may not review those together next session - just depending on what his comfort level is with those topics."