Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was an excellent first session with the student. We covered systems of equations and exponent rules from his diagnostic test."
"The pupil and I spent the entire session working on real-world word problems. We wrote equations or inequalities based on word problems, solving the system of equations or inequalities and graphing the system of inequalities. After our session, she felt prepared for her exam."
"Concepts covered included a review of Chapter 8 for the test. The student struggled with factoring by grouping, and starting problems, so we worked on multiple problems to review. I provided strategies and motivational techniques to help prepare for the test and ensure she has the proper skill set to do well."
"The student asked for help with factoring quadratics with leading coefficient >1 and attempted to show me a method her teacher had used for this. I was able to show her the factorization but she seemed unsure how to move forward on her own with this "technique." She started a list of questions she wanted to ask her teacher. I commended her effort to gather her thoughts with this list and said I would try to help her with questions she could not get answered. She seemed to be concerned about whether teacher would require her to use the method shown in class. The student also asked about completing the square. We did several of these."
"The student had a short worksheet to complete for homework, so we started the session by going through some of the problems on it. The topics (variability, mean, and standard deviation) were pretty familiar to him, so we didn't need to spend much time working through them. We also reviewed box and whisker plots as well as the rules for finding outliers. I brought a few worksheets on polynomials with me so that we could go over the material that he had trouble with earlier in the semester. We began by working through some factoring problems. He needed a lot of guidance to get started on the problems but after I demonstrated a few examples and laid out a basic framework on how to attack each problem, he started to catch on and do the problems on his own. The new approach I used was a bit of a foreign concept to him at first but he was able to pick up on it pretty quickly and use it successfully to check to make sure his answers were correct. I left him with a few more factoring problems to complete on his own in addition to keeping up with his homework. Next time, I plan on working some more with him on factoring, especially on more complex problems."
"Today we spent the session studying for the student's chapter 8 test. We had practiced problems from 8.1-8.4 at the last session, so we started with 8.5 today. The latter half of the chapter deals with solving quadratic equations. First we practiced factoring, then we moved on to the quadratic equation and practiced using the discriminant to find the number of solutions. After that we worked on completing the square and using roots to solve. He now has quadratics down so well, he was able to complete a lot of them even faster than I. He has promised to work on his error rate by writing more steps down, and going back over the work to check his answers."