Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with reviewing the student's last test. She knew that anything to the zero power was one, but when that was raised to a power she multiplied one by the exponent, not zero. This caused her to get 5 problems partially wrong - otherwise she would have had a 94 on her test. We then looked at her newest class lesson - graphing linear equations. We discussed the proper steps to graphing a linear equation and how having the y-intercept and the slope make graphing the line simpler. She did very well at plotting the points. She knows her quadrants and can easily identify which way is horizontal and which is vertical."
"The student's father sent me topics the student struggled on prior through email. After introducing myself to the student's family, we sat down and he pointed out the concepts from prior reviews and semester exams he struggled with most. He showed me concepts ranging from proportionality of similar shapes, area of pyramids and prisms, and compound interest vs simple interest. In my opinion, he seems very bright. When I explained solutions to him, I could see it took him only a few moments to understand what I was doing. Overall, I do not think he should struggle with the current homework and only needs me to keep up with his homework."
"In this session, the student and I covered a wide variety of algebraic concepts in preparation for an upcoming exam. She asked to review word problems and graphing functions, which we did, but she is an incredibly bright student so she had no trouble with either issue after the review. Her ability to stay engaged made for a highly productive meeting."
"Today the student and I split our session between algebra, science and Spanish homework. Since it is very early in the semester, she is still on an introductory level in all of her classes. In her algebra class, she had some worksheets on solving equations for variables. She started on her assignment on this topic and I asked her to work out all of her steps in order so that I can see what she is doing. On her worksheet, she received almost all questions correct, with only a few small errors in subtracting negative numbers, but she knows how to solve equations for variables well. We moved onto her science work which was a worksheet on laboratory safety review for her upcoming quiz. We had already discussed this topic previously but she wanted to refresh these concepts. To end the session, she worked on her Spanish vocabulary homework, working question by question to make sure that she understands her vocabulary, that she is able to verbally communicate in Spanish as well as write full sentences. She needs to practice more on speaking and writing sentences in Spanish so that she can fully learn the language rather than just look at the words in her textbook."
"The student and I reviewed chapter 3 of his online algebra class. This section deals with creating mixtures, dilutions, money, and rate/distance/time problems. The chapter is presented so that this wide range of topics seems to be basically the same from an algebraic standpoint. Between our last Algebra session and now, he has spent about a month in a geometry class, working with lots of proofs and arguments. Seeing these proofs really taught him to take a step back and look at the bigger picture, a picture that he was struggling to see in his Algebra course previously. I was very encouraged with how well he performed, and the math went very smooth. We had no problems working through a lot of the topics, and I left him with nearly half of the review left to do."
"Today we worked on practice algebra problems to prepare for the student's upcoming exam. She seems to have a good grasp of the material."