Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We again worked on quadratic equations. We worked a lot problems and by the end, the student had a good grasp of the material. He is becoming more confident in solving algebraic expressions. I no longer have to prompt him on when to divide vs. when to subtract. Good progress!"
"The student and I looked at a mixed review made up of questions from the question bank. She did very well with these questions. one question was a tad bit difficult because it was taught in a lesson that she missed in school. Two others were tricky because they were a step beyond the problems she has been given in school. Although after a short explanation, she was able to successfully complete them as well. Given that it was spring break, she did not have any questions for me, so we continued by practicing simplifying rational expression. Her assignment for the week is to complete skill builders 20 (even) and 21 all. As always, it was a pleasure working with her."
"We did the cumulative test 20B, and solved the test-paper involving following content: percentage, scale factors for area of solids, ratio and proportion, Pythagorean, volume and surface area of solids, terms of sequence, multiplying radicals, solving system of equations by graphing, graphing inequalities in one variable, multiply polynomials, solve multi-step equations involving fractions, exponents and powers, and order of operations. He received 85.5% in his last cumulative test in his school which is a direct jump of 10% from his previous test. I'm really proud of him for that. We have set a goal to achieve an 'A' in the next test if possible."
"The student and I went through her review sheet on simplifying exponents. She understands when to add and subtract exponents, and she had a much firmer grasp on how variables with negative exponents worked."
"We went over a few remaining topics having to do with surface area, and the student took his assessment. We will continue to work on memorizing the equations, but he is getting better at that."
"We reviewed Chapter 10 sections in algebra and did practice problems from all of the sections. We also discussed study strategies and created a plan to prepare for his upcoming biology test."
"The pupil and I covered fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratios. We also studied the conversion among fractions, decimals, and ratios, and ordering from smallest to largest."
"I spent the first 20 minutes with the student's mother getting an overview of the student's academic experience with mathematics, his history with past tutors, and what the expectations of me were. I have been asked to teach the student the keys to the self-sufficiency of problem-solving. The mother also expects me to be firm with him about the importance of studying, practice, and organization. Finally, she hoped I would make an effort to use examples that he could relate to in order to help him understand pre-algebra concepts better. During the session, we worked on the following topics in his math textbook: squares and square roots, the real number line, and triangle classifications. He informed me he has a quiz on these sections. In order to prepare for the quiz, I taught him how to use his chapter review, and we did all the odd-numbered problems from the three sections. He was very strong with all of the numerical/algebraic practice problems. I e-mailed his mother more worksheets with problems similar to those in the three sections we worked on."
"I went over the pupil's notes on logarithmic functions with him and cleared up some concepts regarding logs and natural logs."
"Today, our primary focus was on simplifying exponential expressions and equations, while also simplifying radical and polynomials."
"The student and I continued our discussion of exponents and talked mostly about rational exponents. He seems to be understanding the material very well."
"Today we went over the current chapter homework, which is using the quadratic formula to solve equations. We also discussed how to figure out when to use the formula instead of factoring, completing the square, or other methods. We all spent some more time going over setting up word problem and equations with rates and averages."