Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on his final review and reinforce the material learned throughout the semester to prepare for his final examination. He seemed to have a solid grasp on the material and will do well."
"Because his final is tomorrow, the student had his 4 previous quizzes for us to peruse. We started with really basic domain problems before emphasizing the vigilance needed to always be on the lookout for division by zero and even roots of negative numbers. We did some problems with standard form for a quadratic (y = ax^2 + bx + c) before converting some of those into the preferable "y = a(x-h)^2 + k" form. There was some factoring and some usage of the quadratic formula. Most of the time, the things that he wanted to focus on were things where he just needed a reminder on the proper steps to bring about a result. In terms of math coverage, this was our best session to date, so it was good to end it on a high note."
"This was the last meeting before the student's exam. We went over a variety of examples from old exams to help her learn the material she has been struggling with. Once these were explained and she had a good understanding, she typically was able to go through similar problems quickly. When we were done, she had a much firmer understanding of normal distributions, Z scores, standard scores, and how to use the standard normal table to calculate percentiles and scores. All of these topics are likely to factor heavily in this exam."
"We prepared for the upcoming midterm exam, which covered the material in the first year and a half. The student is confident on a majority of the material. Mostly it is an issue of jogging her memory. She breezes through the beginnings of most questions and only has issues in the later more difficult sections of a problem. Often, once she is given a nudge, she is more than capable from there."
"The student, in preparation for the Algebra final on Thursday, reviewed the text and review work provided by the teacher. He selected the Chapters 2-6 from the text for emphasis. We covered Chapters 2-5, including linear and quadratic equations, exponent simplification, imaginary numbers, and solutions of multiple equation systems. We high-spotted the Chapters, selecting sample problems for solution, and trying to include as many techniques as possible. The student appears ready to take the test and succeed. We also covered some strategies for test taking."
"The student had already gone through her final review packet, so she knew what problems she needed extra help on. We reviewed graphing quadratic functions and different types of factoring, and I helped her decide what topic she wanted to explore for her essay question. She just needed to practice a completing the square problem, and I think she'll be ready for her test."