Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I specifically covered the student's homework worksheet with her. She struggled with factoring, specifically whether one needs to be factored as (a+b)(c+d) as the answer or a (numerical values). As this is the preliminary step to realize how one would factor I made sure we did as much practice as possible and asked her to do it versus me walking through it to ensure that she understood this vital concept. We will continue to go over the homework tomorrow."
"The first student and I discussed "The Catcher in the Rye" and developed an outline for a future essay. He is very smart. I speedily went through how to structure a paragraph and an essay with him, which will be a topic to revisit in the future. With the second student we did preparation questions for the exam, which covered topics that she had not been taught yet. It was half me teaching and half her doing practice problems. It's great that she is getting an early start on this. I will do research to find out how I can better help her."
"Lesson 9.8- Practice B: complete the square to form a perfect square trinomial, solve each equation by completing the square, and word0 problems based on the same concept. I also gave him two more worksheets require him to solve quadratic equations by completing the square. These additional worksheets will provide him enough practice to work with decimals, whole numbers and numbers with radical signs. Good moment of this session: Student was able to give the explanation when the equations were not going to have real solutions. Student learned the procedure to solve the problems."
"This was our initial session. I met with the student and his mom, and we outlined our goals for tutoring. We're going to be focusing on his 7th grade algebra class work. He was included in the conversation of the goals for tutoring."
"We reviewed specifically for the student's upcoming exam on Friday. He did extremely well on his last quiz - got his highest score of the year! We reviewed the definition of a function and how to determine if the data, graph or equation was a function, difference between discrete and continuous domains, definition of a line having constant slope, identifying the slope, y-intercept, and x-intercept of a line, graphing lines, definition of a slope as rise over run (change of y over change of x) or as rate of change in word problems, transformation of a line (translations, rotations and stretch/ shrink). We discussed tips on how to study for his math test on his own (redoing the test review and test in the book without looking then use our review to compare). He has a bunch of information to review for the test. He definitely understands the material but remembering were to start the problem will require him to use the study skills I have provided. I look forward to hearing how he does on Friday!"
"Today we did a worksheet in preparation for the student's Unit 1 test. It covered the topics we have worked on for the past two weeks. I still think she will do well on her test. She is still doing much better with negatives."