Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This week, the student and I worked on both algebra 2 and physics. She has a quiz in both subjects tomorrow, as well as two other quizzes and some homework. We went over Pascal's triangle and a few other rules to help out with polynomial expansion. I then went over a few ways to remember what a polynomial will look like based on key features of the equation. For physics, her quiz is on Newton's laws, but she has already mastered that topic. She also has a problem sheet on friction forces due tomorrow as well, so we worked through that. She got the hang of friction forces really quickly, only having minimal trouble in determining whether it was a kinetic or static force. I told her to keep practicing polynomial expansion for her quiz tomorrow and then finish her homework."
"The student was preparing for a couple of tests and assignments for the week. He was able to solve the problems during our review. He understood which sides to use when multiplying numbers to calculate area of a shape. No concerns."
"I met with the student, and we went over math test questions. I worked with him and taught him through geometry, fractions and data analysis. Then we worked on two digit multiplication, I elaborated associative property of multiplication and showed him to use this property to solve multiplication problems easily. Then I gave him some two digit multiplication problems. I gave homework covering perimeter problems, word problems and addition problems sheets to work on."
"We covered a packet of math problems assigned to him by his school for winter break that covered a wide variety of material from the first semester of 6 grade. In today's session we covered the addition and subtraction of positive and negative numbers, the multiplication and division of decimals, the labeling of decimal places in specific numbers, as well as the utilization of the order of operations to simplify and solve equations. The student has a very strong grasp of all of the material. We went over some new techniques that he will be able to use during tests to reduce mistakes such as writing out problems in multiple steps in order to find the solution, as well as moving through tests in non-sequential order to solve the easiest problems for him first before attempting more difficult problems. We will continue to work on these techniques in order to build good test-taking habits."
"We focused on factoring monomials from polynomial expressions. The student was having trouble understanding the idea behind what we were doing at first but I introduced a new way of looking at the problem that he could understand. The idea was further explained by watching an online video."
"The student and I met for the first time last evening to find out where she was with calculus and also to get her ready for test that is on Tuesday. We started working on how derivatives work with a focus on derivatives of geometric functions. To end the session we looked at implicit differentiation. She is going to work on some of the problems over the next few days prior to our next meeting."
"The student is feeling a little better so we started again preparing her for her test. I wanted her to make a connection between factoring, synthetic division, long division, solving an equation, and finding the zeros of a polynomial, so I would have her do a problem in all these different ways to see the connections. I think it helped deepen her understanding of synthetic division and zeros."
"The student and I finished up our working backwards word problems--a concept he improved on since the previous week. We then continued to work on algebraically solving for variables within fractions. The student fared very well at this task. Next week, we will work on dividing fractions from whole numbers."
"We covered limits, chain rule, how derivatives are derived, concavity, inflection, local minima and maxima, solids of revolution, and basic factoring. The student took a diagnostic test to determine strengths and weaknesses. We plan to review factoring from algebra II, derivatives of trigonometric functions, practice chain rule, and solids of revolution. I did not leave him with any practice because his teacher is supposed to give him practice tests. I do not have any concerns from this session."
"We worked on the order of operations. We also started working on how to solve problems that have parentheses using the order of operations. The student is doing really well on this and has picked up this new concept quickly. We also worked on statistics and probability problems using graphs which she did well on."
"Today I worked with the student on square roots. We learned how to break down whole numbers into their prime roots and simplify square roots. We then used these techniques to solve single variable equations. The student also was asked to complete a few real life word problems, calculating batting averages and miles covered running. I hope to focus more on word problems with real application in the future. The student also wants to win her spelling bee so I will be bringing in Latin and Greek stem roots for her to learn."
"First, we finished homework for section 6-2, "Properties of Parallelograms". Then we almost finished (up to the last problem) homework for section 6-3 which covered "Proving that a Quadrilateral is a Parallelogram". In the future we plan to do the "Cumulative Test Prep" for most of the chapters."