Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over his homework on quadratic equations. We went over graphing, finding the axis of symmetry, finding the vertex, maxes/mins, and the y-intercept. With practice he will get more used to doing these problems. I will give him homework practice tomorrow."
"I was able to cover factoring of monomials, binomials and polynomials. Additionally, I went over how to solve equations involving theses factors and solving equations by substitution and addition. The student had some trouble with keeping his negatives accounted for during solving equations. Going over these concepts made him clear how to use them. Next session we will look at more practical problems from his text book."
"The student and I worked on two more practice proficiency tests and made sure she knew how to work each one of the problems and what the questions were asking her. I am bringing one more proficiency test from a past year with me on Monday for her to work through, and then Tuesday we will review the problems. I am highly confident that she will be ready for her math proficiency exam on Thursday."
"For today's tutoring session, I helped the student work on her test review worksheet. We worked on a variety of graphing and word problems. I noticed that she continues to feel anxiety over problems that include fractions. I will continue to help her practice working with fractions to help her gain more confidence with them."
"In our first tutoring session, the students and I reviewed their homework together. Their current class topic is on applications, specifically rates for uniform motion (the relation between speed, distance, and time). Student 1 was able to work mostly independently, while Student 2 and I solved the problems together. When there was a problem that Student 1 hadn't been able to solve on her own, the three of us would complete the problem together. They are both very capable in Algebra, but benefit from my assistance and problem-checking. We finished all of the homework problems with a couple minutes to spare. As we packed up, I told them that if they thought of any questions this week, to write them down and I'd answer them during our next session. If not, we'd work on their homework again like we did this week. Our next scheduled session is for Wednesday."
"Today the student and I worked on basic Algebra principles: solving inequalities, balancing equations, and combining like terms. I began the session by assessing his current abilities. I looked through a few of his tests and quizzes and asked him to solve some of the problems he initially got wrong to see which steps he had trouble with. I spent a large portion of our session figuring out what, exactly, he does and does not understand. I think the most productive thing for him to do would be to familiarize himself with and develop a deeper understanding of basic arithmetic: identifying like terms and then combining them by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing them. Once he can do this proficiently, he can work on balancing equations. I can tell he was making an effort, and that's what's important. With practice and a strategic approach, I'm sure we can drastically improve his grades."