Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued working on the subjects from last time. This time we worked on word problems. The student is very good."
"Today's session with the students was excellent. They're both working on what I consider to be rather difficult algebra, and they both made significant improvements in today's session. The first student's homework was focused on factoring, which was the topic of a test that he did very well on a couple of weeks ago. Once we worked through the extra steps beyond factoring he did an excellent job with his assignment (which he was almost able to complete.) The second student and I began by going over the section covered in her class last week, as out time together last week was spent catching her up from her missed coursework. Once we worked through those fundamentals she also sowed great improvement and completed her entire assignment."
"The student and I worked primarily on graphing 2D linear inequalities. We went through a number of problems including graphing inequalities and finding inequality equations from graphs. Then, we moved onto word problems featuring 2D inequalities. This involved interpreting the prompts correctly into inequalities and then graphing the inequalities. He initially struggled some with graphing linear equations, but improved as the session went on."
"We went over the student's practice test for the placement test that she will be taking next week going into high school math. From her results, she should do fine on the test in terms of passing so my main goal is to just get her to understand every topic as completely as possible. We reviewed a good amount of everything today and the main topics I told her she needed to review were equations of lines, and setting up systems of equations."
"The student is currently learning about direct and inverse variation, so we spent the first part of the session talking about the difference between them, and then we did practice problems. He did not have any trouble with this topic, so we reviewed logs and exponential functions, which are more difficult. He was a little confused about solving equations using logs at first, but after we did an example together he felt better about it. We finished up by reviewing graphing exponential functions."
"The student started working on quadratic functions, solving them algebraically and graphically/using the graphing calculator. The algebraic way is just like solving linear functions so she seems to feel pretty comfortable with that method. Once she gets into it she has fun with it. We did some additional practice in her review book."
"For this session, we went through various problems from a common core packet. The student seemed to have an understanding of most of the problems (such as scientific notation, recognizing the equation of a line from a graph) but continues to work on recognizing the need to utilize the slope intercept formula and slope formula to solve for the solution. We were able to cover various topics that will possibly appear on the state exam. She seemed to have a good grasp of the problems we reviewed by the end of the session."
"During this session, we covered quadratic equations. We went over how to graph a quadratic equation, how to find its roots/x-intercepts, vertex, domain, range, and axis of symmetry. I then taught her the quadratic formula and vertex form of a quadratic equation. We also went over the equation of a line (including slope and y-intercept)."
"The student and I reviewed for his test the following day. It was mostly quadratics and other variations of solving similar problems (such as perfecting the square). We discussed parabolas and their equations at length as well as solving word problems involving parabolas. He has a tendency to jump into a problem and we discussed stepping back and looking for the solution."
"We did a review for his exam that was on equations and properties of lines. He excelled in every area we tested and should do great on the exam. We introduced the concept of creating shapes with line equations, and he was able to understand the concepts very well."
"We went over the material for his test on quadratic equations and factoring polynomials. He is well-prepared for this and should do really well on it. We will begin studying for the next chapter and the final exam in the coming weeks."
"The student is a very intelligent young man who is sure to succeed academically in the future. He was eager to do his work and didn't mind doing the extra work that I assigned to him during our session. In the future, I'll be bringing along some test prep work for us to work on when we finishes his regular coursework early."