Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through questions together that covered basic algebra skills like solving for single variables and the line equation in order to see where he was at. I helped him to solve the problems and reminded him of some of the basic concepts. The student needed refreshing on these concepts but once I reminded him he seemed to pick it up quickly."
"The student and I started working on systems of linear equations today. We covered the elimination and substitution methods for solving the intersection of two linear equations and additionally talked about what the solution means graphically. The student is such a quick learner but struggles whenever we work problems that contain anything but whole numbers. I think this is largely a symptom of where her comfort zone lies. She'll have a homework assignment to work on after our next session together."
"The student is doing fairly well for struggling with some learning disabilities. We covered a couple of strategies for keeping his working memory open and focused as well as ways to relax and concentrate on problems. We covered completing the square and the quadratic equation and I gave him step by step instructions for each kind of problem. I then left him with the homework of completing one of each kind of problem every day using the instructions and then slowly weaning off of them until he's mastered the technique."
"I spent the session with the student going through several algebra-based problems to gauge his strengths and weaknesses. He doesn't seem to know or remember much about algebra. But he seems to be able to learn quickly, so the next few weeks are going to be geared towards teaching him as much about the basics as possible to prep him for the test."
"We went over the previous year's state assessment exam and reviewed how to do right triangle problems and solving addition of fractional equations with different denominators. The student is more than ready for the algebra assessment."
"I am working with the student on his basic algebra skills right now. Today we reviewed operations with negative numbers, adding and subtracting fractions, and simple algebraic formulas. I began working with him on ratios and proportions, as that was on the goal sheet his father provided, but his father indicated that he has not done anything with this material in class (as I thought) so I will move this topic back further."
"The student had a final exam study guide, so we covered as many of the topics listed as possible. We mainly focused on quadratic functions: recognizing equations from their graphs, graphing using given equations, factoring, completing the square, and finding solutions using the discriminant and the quadratic formula. However, there was a lot to cover in just an hour so I recommended that he go through each of the topics on the study guide, as well as the notes from our sessions, and do as many practice problems as possible before his exam."
"In preparation for the Algebra test, we worked through problems involving: combinations and permutations, Pythagorean theorem, factoring, inequalities, graphing, and scientific notation. The student was able to work through most of the problems, and will review areas where she had difficulty in her textbook, prior to the exam."
"Student One worked on the Pythagorean theorem and then the distance formula. We solved some word problems using the Pythagorean theorem and then looked at how it is related to the distance formula. Student Two has an Algebra test on Monday so we went over her study guide. She is pretty comfortable with most of the work, but I would like to see her work on a couple of extra percent increase and decrease problems."
"We continued going over the practice exam that the student took. We went over all of the short response questions in detail which allowed us to really review some more important topics, including graphing and systems of equations--hopefully they will be fresh in her mind tomorrow! We were able to finish going over the entire test and I did let her know that she could contact me with any last-minute questions she might have. I think that she will do very well tomorrow."
"The student and I went over: exponents, real numbers, patterns and functions, and scatter plot. In order to see progress, we worked on the even exercises from each section together, and then he had to do the odd exercises by himself. After doing each exercise, we checked each exercise together going into the next exercise only if he understood the previous exercise."
"The student and I reviewed for the Integrated Algebra test by working through a practice exam. We went over most of the topics covered on the exam, including trig identities, factoring polynomials (especially the difference of perfect squares), simplifying radicals, the area and perimeter of quadrilaterals, and graphing functions. My goal with this review was to refresh her memory of concepts she might not have reviewed in a while so they will be fresh in her mind for the test."