Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the assigned work he had over graphing functions, and also focused on bits of a review he was given for an upcoming test. I made a chart for him showing how changes in a parent function relate to changes in a graph, and that, along with practice, helped him to get through his assigned work with few questions. In his review, we specifically looked at problems involving the function rule, domain and range. He did not have any lingering problems over these concepts and answered the questions on his own. We were unable to finish the review before the session ended, but I encouraged him to complete it before I meet him tomorrow, to see how much he is able to work with independently."
"The student and I looked over the homework that I assigned last week, and we went over the ones that she didn't understand. She seemed to overall have trouble on the fraction word problems, and so we spent some time on those. Then we did some volume problems. We are finishing up book 6B in math, and starting on 7A."
"Went over solving inequalities and equations. She had a bit of trouble getting started on some problems and we had to go over some rules she was unsure about, such as sign changes, but by the end she was doing much better."
"I am happy to report that the student feels he did very well on his last math exam. He will have the grade later this week, but he is confident that it will be very high. This evening we began work on exponential functions and their solutions."
"We practiced factoring polynomials using the FOIL method. We also practiced finding common denominators to add and subtract fractions with binomials and polynomials. She understood this very quickly and did a very good job with the practice problems. She was not familiar with the FOIL method at all, so we did some extra practice with that, but she picked it up quickly."
"We were able to finish his homework, and his times tables/arithmetic skills are increasing. I've asked him to do additional reading for Friday, and I've compiled a list of review problems at the client's request to give him practice solely with physics for our next session."
"Today I brought a set of word problems with me that were related to distance, rate and time. The student said her teacher had briefly gone over the concept, but had not done any problems about it. We then went over the next section in her book which was about compound inequality and absolute value equations, where we did a few examples. Finally, we went over some more slope intercept problems and graphing of the line."
"We covered frequencies, finding the min, max, quartiles. We also extended on the previous sessions of solving linear equations. Since the student is able to use the calculator to solve the problems for her, we have restricted the use of the calculator only for computational purposes. In doing so, the student is able to understand how to interpret data to solve the problems. I have supplied the student with more example equations to solve and reminded her to use the calculator, not to solve for the equations, but as a tool to check her answers."
"The student said he felt confident with the section they had covered in class that day. He did have an issue with a previous section they had gone over which was on labeling polynomials, defining a degree, and combining functions. So we started with defining the different types of polynomials with examples, then we worked on what a degree is and what that means in relation to the polynomial. Finally we combined those two ideas and I made up example functions that he had to label and manipulate the different functions. Then we applied that to the adding and subtracting polynomials. He seemed to understand it better after we did a number of difficult problems. I love his enthusiasm and his willingness to ask questions and ask why we do something. I really enjoy working with this student - he is just a great character and has a fantastic personality!"
"The student and I reviewed the point-slope and slope-intercept forms of an equation for a line and then worked through various problems in his textbook. We focused on writing out our steps in order to reinforce the process of solving each problem."
"We spent most of the session on how to find the equation of a line. I gave the student a review of slope-intercept form which he had seen before. Consequently, he picked things up quickly. Besides that topic, I also covered the difference a solid vs open circle on a number line. It will become second nature to him with more practice. Overall, I think he does have a good basic understanding of the math he learns."
"We covered system of equations for her upcoming math test. She has been doing well so far and received a 100% on the last science test that we prepared for. One of the most difficult concepts that we were working on was graphing systems of inequalities. I do not have any concerns because she remains driven and is doing very well."