Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went very quickly through this material. We finished through chapter 8 and will start again with chapter 9 on Thursday. We worked on linear inequalities, systems of linear inequalities, and different mathematical concepts like algebraic functions on exponents and polynomials, including a review of factoring."
"In today's session with the student, we went through a homework packet that is due in biology and reviewed his project on the polar biome. We also went through his last algebra exam and reviewed the problems he got wrong. We organized his binders and pulled out his old exams to study. I told him I wanted him to study algebra exams covering chapters 7, 8, and 9 for our next session."
"Today we spent the first hour reviewing for the student's upcoming placement test and the second hour reviewing for the final. As I watched him work, it became clear that two things could really help him with math: increased fluency with manipulating numbers (math facts, using rounding to facilitate division) and helping him do neater work. I suggested that he practice math each day until the final to help reinforce the concepts he learns and understands during tutoring."
"The student and I went over one of the sections that he needs to improve in before the final: Chapter 7 (graphing, systems of equations, word problems involving systems). There are a few methods to solve these systems and he generally understands how to manipulate the equations to get the answer (x,y point). I instructed him to finish the other chapters so that we could go over them today. He can work on the even problems of the sections for additional practice."
"We went over concepts for her first 6 units. She has the teacher scored unit test to complete for those units. We went over probabilities. What happens with replacement, what happens without replacement, and how to determine the number of possible selections. We did a box and whisker plot, a frequency table, and went over how to do histograms."
"For this session, we started by going over the problem I asked the student to complete. Then we worked on solving trig equations and real world trig application problems. We got a chance to look at some higher level aspects of the trig equations because he was doing so well with them. We concluded by working through some volume problems for geometry."
"We reviewed using radians, periodicity, and determining odd and even functions. Function notation was confusing for her at first, but once I explained it as another way of writing "y" in an equation, she was able to use function notation very well. After reviewing those concepts, we graphed the sine and cosine functions and she completed some homework problems relying on those concepts."
"The student and I worked on graphing complex quadratic functions with vertical and horizontal asymptotes that she had started in class. We also worked some at looking over oxidation and reduction half reactions from a recent chemistry test. We'll next be moving into preparation for her two final exams in algebra 2 and chemistry."
"The student and I worked on his final exam review packet. He had completed much of it on his own. He has a strong math foundation and when prompted recalls information well. His procedure is solid. We will meet one more time before his final exam. The plan for that session will be to review weak areas based upon a grade report."
"Today we finished up some notes from the probability unit that the student needed to fill out. We reviewed Venn diagrams, sample space, and probability space. We also went over independent versus dependent events as well as permutations vs. combinations."
"The student's final exam is this coming week, so we reviewed the general topics that she will be tested on. We worked through practice problems taking the derivative of various functions, including trig functions. We also worked on using the first and second derivatives of functions to determine the critical points of a function. Finally, we worked on translating word problems into mathematical terms and solving them. The student seems much more confident about her ability to interpret and solve problems. She has several days to review, so I believe that she'll do well on the exam."
"The student and I reviewed her final study guide which covered simplifying radicals, graphing linear equations, solving for b in the slope-intercept form, and solving systems of equations by graphing, substitution, elimination, and word problems."