Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a new worksheet on factoring. We took our time in exploring the topics and theoretical concepts behind factoring as well as going through practice problems and talking through how to identify the best way to factor."
"We went through her exam review. It was about factoring polynomials and write them in factored form. I explained to her how she has to solve each question by using long division, factoring and synthetic division. She understood them and she is doing good."
"Completed many practice problems and reviewed for upcoming exam on polynomial addition, multiplication, factoring, and special factors. I showed the student the SOAP method of remembering cubic special factors and left her with a brief list of items she had problems with so that she would hopefully remember to look out for those things on her exam. They really could mean the difference between an A and a C as a test grade."
"Reviewed for the chapter 8 test which the student has tomorrow. He needs to work on homework on his own in between sessions. He needs more review before he takes the test."
"I assigned the student some original problems that are similar to that in her last packet. I focused on areas and concepts I knew she needed to cover. I also assigned her problems from her previous assignment, randomly. We went over the ones she needed to go over, and left her notes to cover on her own."
"We covered monomials and polynomials. We did a lot of work with factoring polynomials and FOIL. Additionally, we covered how to divide polynomials. She was good at FOILing, but factoring polynomials will need a bit more coverage, as well as dividing more complicated polynomials. She also had 3 quiz grades on the material that we covered in our previous session and she did very well."
"The student had test corrections to complete, so we spent most of our session reviewing and re-working the questions. We covered the following: area application with expressions and exponents in the length and width dimensions, simplifying polynomials using distribution and exponent rules, finding the volume of a cone with the correct formula and expressions for dimensions, factoring polynomials and expanding monomials. We discussed the difference between expressions with addition, subtraction and exponents and expressions with multiplication, multiple variables and exponents. We also worked on extra credit covering the quadratic formula for his class. He seemed to have a better understanding after our review, and he asked clarifying questions throughout the session."
"Today, the student had homework involving the vertex form of quadratic equations. She was familiar with how to get the vertex coordinates from the function, but did not know how the stretch factor, a, related to parabola width. We talked about what each part of the vertex function represented before she worked on the assignment. At first, she had a little difficulty determining the vertex equation from graphs, but once I asked her about how the two were related, she used that knowledge to solve the problems."
"Went over scatter plots and correlation. The student had seen examples of scatterplots and correlation, but did not know how to apply them in real world context. We did a review of definitions and different versions of correlation as well as non correlation. We performed some interactive examples to enforce the ideas and concepts then went over problems to test her knowledge. For the most part, she has a solid understanding of the concepts. We then continued on linear equations and applications. I created a real life project for her to start which should help her understand and retain the concepts. I assigned her a first part to complete by next week."
"The student and I worked on mixture problems and approaching these kinds of problems from different perspectives. We tried using the box method in addition to using algebraic formulas to solve them. We worked with the velocity and rate formulas in addition."
"In this session we worked on the student's online homework, based on simplifying expressions with a quantity to a power. The assignment was composed of ten questions in which she had to put to use the laws of exponent to simplify each expression. The student did a great job remembering the different exponential laws that we have covered previously and she used them correctly to simplify the expressions. The student was able to demonstrate her understanding of exponential expressions and she was able to complete her homework assignment correctly with a 100%."
"Student 1and I continued our trend of 10 minutes of algebra and 10 minutes of chemistry and got the most work done out of any session we've probably ever had. Student 2 and I worked on some chemistry and there were not too many problems. Both of the girls seem to be fairly confident in the materials they are bringing home."