Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We primarily focused on algebra topics to review for a final exam. In particular, operations on and simplification of polynomials and radical expressions. We additionally reviewed systems of equations and techniques for solving them."
"The student wanted to have another session before he took an online practice test. The practice test, if he passes, allows him to schedule an actual exam date, so hopefully we are closer to that goal. He seemed more confident this time, and did a good job. We reviewed everything again, so as we add more algebra techniques, he will not get confused. He was able to do problems, such as the difference of squares, that he could not understand last time. We ventured ahead into writing our own linear equations, and into judging scale or ratio in similar triangles. There are problems that require knowledge of transversals and congruent angles and similar triangles that are not about proofs, but require knowledge from geometry in order to solve them. We will go over this information again, but he showed that he could do some area problems easily with concentric circles and rectangles, and we also went over square roots and exponents a little more."
"We reviewed for the final exam. We worked on review problems given by her teacher. She was nervous about the exam, so I worked to calm her down. She knows most of the material."
"During our session today we worked on a history paper that the student was assigned a few days ago. Mostly we worked on form and flow. We went through the first two paragraphs that the student had written. We discussed each line together. One of the key points I wanted to make was efficiency and efficacy of space. I have high hopes that she'll end the school year on a positive note."
"First session. We began work on sequences. The student did well working out the nth term of the given sequence, and we spent the last part of the session discussing methods to find the sequence when given some terms in the sequence. I will bring my laptop and a few techniques tomorrow to help tackle these sequences."
"We spent a little time going over volume of three-dimensional shapes, the lessons the student had just done. I then gave her a short preview of the last chapter of the book; the chapter is effectively the first part of Algebra I proper. We discussed the terms monomial, binomial, trinomial, and polynomial, the concept of the degree of a polynomial, and looked at how to add and subtract polynomials in various configurations. We spent the balance of our time reviewing additional practice problems for chapter 7 (inequalities), which she has had the most difficulty with. Her skills are continuing to improve, and I was pleased to see the amount of progress she has made."