Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is at mid-chapter, so we worked on the review problems from the mid-chapter quiz of chapter 3. We are getting more into the heart of algebra at this point, solving equations by graphing, substituting, eliminating terms and factoring. I think he was most consistent when substituting and solving. He did the hard job when eliminating, but when going back to find out the solution to the second term he went a little fast and missed that answer once or twice. I made sure he could tell me the formula of a line by looking at its graph. He learned that the meaning of the intersection of two lines, which the same as saying "the solution" to two linear equations, is the point where the values are equal. In the case of many of the story problems, it is where the price of something is the same for both, and the points in time after diverge."
"We worked on some more problems from chapter 6 of her book, on polynomials. We talked about polynomial degrees, and how to add and multiply polynomials. Both of these skills seemed pretty easy to her, so we reviewed synthetic and long division, which she remembered pretty well from our last session, and went over a couple of different types of problems involving the factorization of polynomials."
"Adding, subtracting and comparing fractions; changing fractions into decimals. Since it appears the student understands these concepts of fractions, I ventured into decimals, specifically percents of whole numbers."
"The student was working on math with her dad when I arrived. She had some things to do for math. We worked on integers. I went over the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing integers. We worked a lot of problems on the worksheet and checked her work. We did word problems with integers and order of operations. We had about ten mins left over, and we used that time to work a few problems on the released state assessment test I printed for her."
"I helped the student with Spanish 3 and Algebra 2. We reviewed subjunctive verb conjugations and direct/indirect object pronouns for his quiz tomorrow, and reviewed matrices for his test Tuesday. He is a diligent student with a strong foundation."
"We mostly covered the student's online math problems. She seems to understand the concepts fairly well now."
"The first student and I went over the steps of solving a word problem algebraically. We went through several examples of how to convert a word problem into mathematical statements involving variables and constants, and then using those equations to solve for the unknowns. With the second student, I reviewed the three major gas laws and their connection with the well-known formula PV = nRT. Finally, we went over some new concepts in geometry involving polygons and their geometric properties."
"Excellent session with both students. Separately, we reviewed their exams. Although they are in separate classes, the do share the same teacher. The exam covered slope, the standard method, y=Kx, how to determine the relationship between x and y, pointing out direct variables, time to travel problems, and finding the slope of a parallelogram."
"The student and I worked ahead in her classwork on solids of revolution, looking into the shell method. We completed a few practice problems and she was definitely getting the hang of this new method. Her only errors during the session were minor. She will continue to keep up her studies in her Calculus class."
"Today I met with the student to work on Algebra 2 and Chemistry. His math class recently covered graphing absolute value functions, of which he has a rather firm grasp. His chemistry class is working on percent composition, with which he is also pretty comfortable."
"Today we prepared for an upcoming exam by going through three sections of the student's textbook. We focused on problem solving and word problems, which she identified as her weakness in the section."
"The student and I worked on addition math problems at the beginning of our session. She is a very enthusiastic little girl and I absolutely adore her. She sometimes gets off task but it wasn't too much of a problem getting her back on task. We also worked on reading. She was really excited to work with me. I saw her reading scores and she has moved up to level 1.6. We read "Where is my mother?" by Dr. Sues. She is a very fluent reader as well. We finished all of her homework for the weekend. I do not have any concerns about this session as she was great!"