Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed direct and inverse functions again, tonight. We covered the topic from several perspectives: deriving function rules, graphing functions, building tables of values, and determining whether the coordinate plane showed graphs of direct and/or inverse functions. He reviewed the material thoroughly and should be prepared for his exam tomorrow after we studied all possible material."
"The student and I discussed simplifying square roots using the different square root properties. He was enthusiastic about the material and put forth a good and genuine effort in learning it. I will be sending him notes on our session today, as well as notes on graphing quadratic equations. He has a quiz tomorrow and will do very well if he works thoroughly through each of his problems and studies the notes from tonight's session in order to remember all of the properties and small details that we discussed."
"Today, we worked on solving systems of equations by substitution. The most challenging part was going from the work problem to the two equations. Once the student could successfully write her equations, she solved them easily. We also worked on factoring polynomials. She did improve throughout the session and made less errors as we had more practice. She had a positive attitude during the session -- great session."
"The student and I reviewed first how to find the slope of a line given two points, how to graph a line in slope-intercept form, and converting from scientific notation to standard notation; he was able to solve a discounted rate problem entirely on his own. For most of the session we worked on finding the slope-intercept equation of the line given two points on the line. He was able to successfully find the slope/y-intercept on his own, as well as create the equation. By the end of the session, he successfully created an equation from a word problem by identifying an ordered pair within the problem. More practice on this topic will definitely occur due to its significance, but retention was strong throughout the lesson."
"We worked on a review packet of algebra I problems. The student worked independently on problems with help from me as needed. We worked on exponents that involved fractions and parentheses. We discussed negative exponents and reviewed fractions. We also discussed distribution using negative signs."
"The student and I worked through a couple of harder algebra tests today. We talked about percents, averages, medians, modes, inverse and direct variation, and arithmetic sequences. We started to talk about systems of equations. He is reluctant to write all his work down for easier problems but usually does problems faster and more accurately when he does write his work down. I will work on convincing him of the benefit of this."