Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with the first student on some concepts in Algebra I she was struggling with. These concepts included solving for the point-slope form of an equation, slope-intercept form of an equation, standard form of an equation, x and y intercepts, and the slope being given either a set of points or a linear equation in some type of form. She was using the point-slope form to solve for the slope, so she was getting confused when she had to just put the information in the point-slope form. I taught basically the solved version of the point-slope equation for the slope so she wouldn't get confused anymore. I showed her that solving it to different degrees gave the other types of equations and ended up giving the rest of the information needed. I suggested that she make flashcards for the formulas we were using so she wouldn't forget or get them mixed up again. Then I worked with the other student on finding the midpoint of a segment. Her teacher was trying to teach the students using a graph and she was not understanding, so I taught her the equation (which was to average the x and y values respectively) of the endpoints to find the midpoint. She picked up the formula very easily. Next, I reviewed a little bit of chemistry with her, which included balancing organic equations and limiting reagent problems. She only had trouble setting up the equation and balancing each compound, but she didn't have any trouble at all with the limiting reagent problem (which was the more difficult part)."
"The student and I continued to work on different elements of math that he's seeing in his classroom. We worked on multiplication facts which he is improving on rapidly, area/perimeter, and some multi-digit multiplication problems. We're trying to get more word problems included in ours sessions to prepare him for MAP testing, and we will continue to work on multiplication and start division in coming sessions."
"Since the student had a math test the coming week, we reviewed functions. She was having trouble interpreting functions within functions (e.g. f(g(x))), so I walked her through some examples and she seemed to have a much better understanding. We also went over the vertical line test and how to determine whether a graph or set of ordered pairs actually represented a function. I advised her to do a couple more practice questions in the book and to e-mail me with any last minute questions or concerns before her exam."
"This was our first session. The student wanted some help with setting up problems dealing with finding volumes of surfaces of revolution. I reviewed how to determine which method to use (washer, disk, or shell) and how to plug in values to the general formulas. She also needed some help in finding antiderivatives using reverse chain rule. We practiced antiderivatives a lot, so by the end of the session, she didn't need help integrating. She picks up material easily when it is explained slowly and step-by-step. Since she does get the one-on-one time during tutoring, she is able to understand the material much better."
"The student and I had a good first session. We worked on practice problems for his upcoming math studies exam. He seems to have a good problem solving process."
"The student and I discussed his extra credit assignment in math, which involved factoring. He was able to complete the assignment and got better with each section. The only area he had difficulty with was grouping to factor, and we will practice that more in our future sessions."