Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"School just began 2 days prior, so the student had only 3 full days at school thus far. We discussed his new school, his class schedule, teachers, potential problems and future goals. He is a very bright student with high potential and wants to achieve the best scores and grades in order to choose the high school he wants. Mostly he is worried about the environmental science course, known to have a tough teacher. Also, he likes to work at his own pace and can sometimes get an answer in math without knowing the basics and step by step of how he got there, so making sure he actually understands the concepts in Algebra is important. No class syllabus had been given yet so we plan to look at that first next session and build upon that to set our goals, and to perhaps find alternative sources for practice."
"The student brought some worksheets from class, and that's what we primarily worked on. The topic covered on those worksheets was real number types, and we looked at radicals, fractions and decimal equivalents. In addition, we did some word problems to get ready for PSAT-type questions that the student will be facing in a few months."
"The student has a test tomorrow so we reviewed. Topics included solving word problems involving rate and proportions. We also reviewed solving for variables on both sides, substituting values for variables, and writing variables in terms of another variable."
"Exponential equations (growth and decay), strategies for developing mathematical equations from word problems, order of operations and arranging equations to minimize potential errors, mental math - multiplication tables and use of distributed property to do long multiplication, graphing and linear equations. Worked on strategies to determine how to use the conversion factor in unit conversions (divide or multiply)."
"This was our first session today. The student is going to be taking a placement test for Algebra and we worked on a packet that was provided with practice problems to prepare for the test. He seems to know graphing and is comfortable with most of the problems. We worked on some fractions and some problems about finding the slope and line equation. He is a bright student but is very quite and shy. I hope he opens up and asks more questions as we move further."
"We focused exclusively on completing the square. Expressions, equations, and word problems. We also reviewed the easily ways to simply equations and isolate variables. The student is having some trouble with writing equations for word problems and understanding conceptual shapes. We will focus on these areas next time."
"Today with the student, we covered solving single-variable equations. I sat with him as he worked through his homework and am happy to say that he did extremely well. He has fully grasped this concept and hardly made any mistakes during his homework. He told me that he did a lot of practice during class, and it clearly has paid off. He achieved nearly perfect scores on his homework and his homework quiz. He told me he received an A- on his quiz last week, and so I look forward to going over it with him when his teacher returns it to him. I did not leave him with any extra practice because we completed a lot of work today and I believe he is very well prepared to take on any sort of problem involving solving single-variable equations that his teacher could put forward."
"Today the student and I covered solving systems by elimination. He did very well with this new concept. Being able to rely on his knowledge from our earlier session with the fundamentals has allowed him to become very efficient at solving equations with very little assistance from myself. Great session."
"We reviewed the Diagnostic Test I assigned as homework, and began going through general algebraic equations using a 5-page packet that I created. It included integer operations, inequalities, combining like terms, and other important foundational materials. I determined that he needs a comprehensive review of algebra, starting with combining positive and negative numbers. For homework, I had him correct the answers of the diagnostic test that he got wrong, using the techniques we developed today. We had a very productive session."
"This session lasted an hour. The first student was present at the beginning of the session so we worked on her math homework which was algebra 2 finding the domain and range of equations and graphing. I worked with the second student briefly reviewing square root and integers."
"We went over her Algebra Chapter 1. She has a test on Thursday. We reviewed her work and looked at some of the problems that need to be considered. I tried to emphasize the regrouping concept. Her Physics work appears to be coming along, and she has had little problem with the material presented so far."
"Talked a little about his test. He says it went. Taught him the coordinate plane and lines. Left him a handful of problems to do just to keep things fresh."