Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"With the student, we continued to work on the semester review. We did a quick quiz over everything we discussed yesterday, which included slope-intercept, finding slope, finding parallel and perpendicular slope, scientific notation, and simplifying radicals. We continued today by talking about rational expressions, the quadratic formula, Pythagorean theorem, factoring, and probability. We completed his notecard by writing down all of the formulas he could not remember and examples to help him with the test."
"She took an exam on Friday that she felt was ok. She said that it was all the information that we covered but she felt as if she made minor mistakes. She is meeting with her algebra teacher today to go over some other questions so that when we meet she can complete her study guide and answer other questions. For anatomy, she completed her study guide. She feels the best about the anatomy and chemistry exams. We will fully review what equations to use for certain problems so that she will be able to use the equations sheet attached to her final as only a reference."
"I helped the student prepare for her upcoming Algebra final which she is a little nervous about. We did review today, and we went over inequalities. She had a good grasp on the inequalities. We went over adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing and graphing inequalities mostly. I also showed her how to check her work when doing inequalities. I gave her some extra problems to practice to continue studying."
"Reviewed data series and algebraic representations of both geometric and arithmetic sequences for the student's quiz tomorrow. We also covered his spiral#11 that is due tomorrow, which covers some basic solving for variables and graphing. His grades have gone up dramatically since we first began tutoring; he is demonstrating increased confidence and less frustration with algebra."
"The student and I focused on algebra II and went over her review for her math test the following day. She had some questions on graph transformations, and we spent some time practicing graphing. I checked through her review and she did exceptionally well! We ended our session with her full of confidence and ready for her exam. I'm very proud of her!"
"We continued working on getting the student ready for her algebra test next Wednesday. Today we focused on setting up linear equations, finding intercepts, and using graphs to solve equations. Her biggest issue is with setting up linear equations. We decided that it would be a good idea to make some note cards so that she can review the necessary steps when I am not there. We added information about intercepts to the note cards as well, as she sometimes forgets that intercepts occur when either x or y are equal to 0."
"The student and I reviewed as he prepared for a unit test. We reviewed how to factor equations using both completing the square as well as the quadratic formula. We also reviewed how to change from the quadratic formula to the vertex form. I feel like he has a strong grasp on the knowledge."
"Today was our first session in a while, and it seems that the student is doing well. She was working on volume and surface area of 3D figures. She does well with the formulas, but not as well with word problems. We worked on this topic and then some more complicated 2D problems as well. I assigned her some problems of this type to work on over the week, and we will jump back in next weekend."
"The student had an exam earlier this week so there wasn't any new material to cover. However, we identified areas of weakness that he has from topics covered earlier in the school year and reviewed them. One topic was converting word problems into equations."
"The student had a test that ended up being cancelled, but we went over binomial multiplication, special cases of binomial multiplication and word problems involving area. He did excellent and could even do the multiplication in his head when I gave him random problems. He did almost all of the word problems himself except for 1 which he needed help but understood while I was explaining it to him."
"Today we covered Pascal's triangle, exponential functions, and began logarithms. The student is definitely rusty in his algebra skills, but with practice he catches on quickly. We're focusing on the quizzes he needs to understand and score perfect on to pass the course and get into college. I told him to familiarize himself with the logarithmic properties for next week."
"This week the student and I worked on reflections of various shapes about a respective axis on a Cartesian plane. Initially I noticed that he was having trouble figuring out the coordinates of various points after they've been reflected and to alleviate this I explained this in several examples. As a result, his understanding improved, however, I explained to him that he is strongly advised to complete extra practice problems when I'm not around to further solidify his understanding."