Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on a math homework assignment involving algebraic inequalities (solving them, graphing them, and writing them for word problems). He seemed to do pretty well."
"For this session we reviewed for the Algebra midterm but focused primarily on Chapter 1 which dealt with operations, absolute values, negative values, etc. We went over review questions and problems to facilitate the topics being reviewed."
"We reviewed factoring common polynomials from fractions and dividing fractions by fractions for the student's upcoming test. We used the 33 questions provided by her teacher. She did very well and excels at factoring polynomials."
"We discussed his course work since our last meeting. He seemed to be doing well with his math, so we took some time to go over Spanish vocab for an upcoming assessment. This was a good chance to talk about some of the finer details of basic Spanish one on one, like accent and spelling patterns. I then showed him the names of high numbers as a warm-up, having him derive the formula for different period names relative to the numbers implied in the names (i.e. the relationship between trillion and 10^12). We then worked on graphing functions, first with simple lines and then curves. He took to this well, remembering the factoring we worked on to get to this point and grasping the visual and mathematical concepts to accurately graph curves. I will send him a few functions to graph on his own and next time we are going to use graphs to visualize and solve systems of equations."
"In this session, we reviewed his homework and re-evaluated the problems that the student struggled with on his first attempt. All of the problems were word problems, and his main question came from computing linear equations with several variables using substitution. He had no issues translating the word problems to equations, but just got stuck when thinking about how to work with those equations. After reviewing the concept of substitution, he did not need much practice before he really felt comfortable with this material. He showed great determination and focus, and he was able to correctly answer every problem he first missed. For extra practice, he will finish the rest of the word problems he had yet to attempt, and once he runs through those problems, I am confident he will be ready to succeed on his quiz on Thursday."
"Upon checking the student's work on properties of numbers, all problems were worked correctly. With this being the final tune-up prior to the start of classes next Tuesday, we went over the following concepts: (1) number systems from natural to real numbers; (2) combining like terms; (3) converting from verbal to variable expressions; (4) order of operations; (5) evaluating algebraic expressions; (6) using the distributive properties; (7) solving 1, 2, and multi-step linear equations; and (8) using comparison symbols <, >, and =. The student displayed an excellent understanding of each of these concepts."