Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We finished the chapter on lines by working on graphing inequalities and then moved into systems of equations. Mostly we talked about graphing systems of equations and the conceptual meaning of a "solution" to a system of equation. We also quickly reviewed substitution as a method of solving them. We'll get into elimination next week."
"We went over solving simultaneous equations by graphing, elimination, and substitution with some coin problems at the end. The student was able to understand the material really well and complete the problems by herself in the lesson with little guidance. I have asked her to complete the associated practice from her math book. By the end of tomorrow we will have finished up to 21 lessons and she will be able to take the second review test over the weekend."
"Today the student and I reviewed chapter 10 which included solving quadratic equations using factoring, polynomials, the quadratic equation and graphing. We went through each lesson and walked through how to solve the problems. At the end of the session, I gave her some practice problems and she was able to work through them. I can see that she is learning and trying very hard. We will meet again on Monday and I will bring some worksheets so that she can continue to practice these problems."
"In today's session, the student did some review and finished up problem set 54 that is due tomorrow. He also finished up some work for his Chemistry and Biology classes. He has two quizzes on Thursday--one in Math and the other in Chemistry. Review for these quizzes will be the primary focus for us this week."
"My session with the student today was focused entirely around inequalities. I helped him understand all of the important vocabulary, including conjunction, disjunction, compound inequality, etc. After understanding what each of these meant, we moved on to identifying them in different situations. Sometimes we were given graphical information, sometimes given worded problems, and sometimes compound inequality forms themselves. We practiced being able to convert between all of these through several problems in his work packet."
"Today we began by working on linear functions. We practiced sketching functions by way of two different strategies: by finding their intercepts and by using a table. For the intercepts, I accompanied the concept of plugging in zero for the opposite variable with a visual companion: the x-intercept has a y-value of zero because there is no vertical movement, and vice versa. After working on a few linear equations, we reviewed the student's test on percent changes. We practiced working with discounts and sales tax. One thing that will be helpful to remember is that the 100 always goes with the percent."