Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the current topic of finding solutions for quadratic equations using his two homework sheets for practice. I encouraged him to write out the four steps for approaching quadratic equations to help him stay organized while problem-solving: 1.) rewrite the equation in standard format and set it equal to "0", 2.) factor the equation either by grouping, by finding the GCF, or using guess-and-check, 3.) use FOIL to check factoring, and 4.) set each factor equal to "0" to solve for "x". We also discussed the definition of roots in different functions. He performed better and more independently as we practiced more problems. I encouraged him to review the problems we worked together to recall how to work the remaining problem types on his homework."
"Today we went over factoring. The student understood simple factoring. I went over factoring with coefficients with her and together we came up with notes for it as well so hopefully she will be able to use them when needed. I will also send her some videos to help her understand the concepts. I asked her to do lots of practice problems so that the steps will come naturally to her and that she can understand factoring with coefficients much better."
"We reviewed a recent test and went over incorrect answers. We focused on areas noted by teacher as needing reinforcement (Congruent Triangles, Similar Objects, Arithmetic Expressions). She is going to speak with her teacher to get a better idea on what we should concentrate on. She seemed to have a pretty good understanding of concepts."
"I met with Student A to go through an assignment he had. He had filled out some answers before, but some of them were wrong. I retaught the material to him, and had him have a second attempt. He was able to get through it, with a few simple errors every now and then. I met with Student B afterwards to work on exponents in preparation for a test. He had some difficulty so we went through a lot of practice problems for him to get a better feel of the material. It was a lot to learn in a short time and we will need to go through the material again to make sure he is confident."
"The student had a test on exponentials. We reviewed graphing exponentials (growth and decay), generating equations from a given initial amount and rate of increase or decrease, how to recognize an exponential from a given table, solving exponential equations by getting each side to the same base, recognizing arithmetic and geometric sequences, and writing explicit and recursive formulas. I also showed him how to check his work on a graphing calculator."
"We reviewed for the final. The student has a great understanding of slopes and slope-functions. She seemed prepared for her final."