Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is doing well. She was able to complete two more practice exams since last Sunday with only a few problems we had to work through. We also began making flashcards with formulas. I told her to focus on getting well, a key to her success, and covering two more practice exams between today and Sunday; and hopefully by Sunday she'd be better. Then we'd begin covering the more difficult questions in her practice exams."
"The student and I reviewed a worksheet on multiplying binomials together. We then covered how to add and subtract polynomials from each other, and I taught her how to distribute the negative sign throughout the whole polynomial. We then reviewed finding the GCF of different terms in a polynomial, and I taught her how to factor simple quadratics."
"We used this time to prepare for an upcoming algebra exam. The student had a review that covered all relevant material. He demonstrated a strong understanding of the various sub-concepts. I enjoyed the meeting due to the fact that he appeared to be genuinely interested in improving his algebra skills for the test. To give more specific detail regarding this session, one strategy we worked on involved rewriting any radical as an exponent in order to facilitate simplification. For extra practice, the student has supplementary work sheets. I believe my instruction has been effective because he did well on his last exam. ."
"We reviewed two homework assignments, and the student seems to understand this chapter! He's doing a much better job focusing in sessions."
"The student and I worked on factoring by taking the square root of an equation. After going over a few simple equations we worked on taking a square root on a slightly more complex equation."
"The student and I reviewed how to factor polynomials during our session today. We covered various methods of factoring, including: finding the greatest common factor for all terms, grouping terms, and using FOIL to multiply and check correct factors. He walked us through problems using each of the above methods. We discussed the following concepts: combining like terms, multiplying terms with inverse signs, and distributing/factoring out common factors. I gave him a quiz toward the end of the session, and he performed well; he answered all but one question correctly. He seemed more comfortable with the concepts at the end of the session and was attentive and cooperative throughout."