Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked some more on predicting whether the values obtained from percentage problems will be higher or lower than the initial values. He appeared confused initially and after explaining the problems to him in the same manner I was taught this material many years ago he had his "light bulb" moment! Hopefully he heeds my advice on doing a few extra problems when I'm not around."
"She has her Algebra final on Thursday and we practiced problems for that today. We worked on factoring and she seem to have forgotten how to do that so we worked on her review packet and she got better at it once she practiced her problems. We also worked on some graphing and solving equations. She needed to help remembering how to solve equations by setting them to zero but once she learned how to do it, she did well."
"The student had a test earlier in the day so she didn't have any assigned homework. I made a sheet up for her to do on percentages. We went over that and discussed how we use them in our everyday lives. She seems to be understanding. We then went through a practice book I have on algebra and went over several different topics in order to prepare for her final exam. She had concerns with slope and we have done several problems to help her understand the concept. She is doing well. She also feels like she did well on her test."
"The student is currently learning logarithms, exponents, and the number e in her class. She feels confident in this material, but I did test her knowledge a little. She did well. Since she is comfortable and knowledgeable about her current class subjects, we reviewed previous class lessons, including mixture problems, solving systems of equations by substitution and matrices, graphing inequalities, and other math concepts. She remembered mostly everything in our review, but did need some reminding for some of the more complex procedures and trickier math. We were able to solve various problems together, as well as the student on her own. Then we made flashcards of key concepts with examples on the back of the cards."
"Topics covered on this session was solving differential equations through separation of variables. Solving these differential equations involved finding the general solution and particular solution to regular problems and real life problems (i.e. decay in value of a car as a function of time)."
"Today, the student and I first reviewed the practice problems that I had sent her to do for review. She had some questions about finding the foci for all of the conic sections. Then we worked on some additional practice problems on finding equations for hyperbolas. Then we did a quick review of parabolas, ellipses and circles before working more practice problems on finding conic equations. We also did an overall conceptual review before I left to make sure she fully understood conic sections and that she didn't forget any important information."
"The student and I worked on her final exam review packet during this week's session. She will have her exam on Tuesday. We went back to old concepts such as graphing linear equations and solving systems of equations. We also reviewed the properties of exponents. She seemed to have some trouble remembering these properties, so I advised her to study them carefully before the test."
"The student and I reviewed 1st grade sight words. We also worked on reading comprehension. She struggled to pronounce basic first grade words but will often focus energy on stimuli. We reviewed basic adding and subtraction to include regrouping. The student was left with homework from the previous session and also reading/math facts."
"The student and I went over factoring quadratics again and the zero product property. In addition we also reviewed several topics from the beginning of algebra I including solving equations, linear inequalities, absolute value, proportions, and graphing. She did well once we reviewed all these topics and seemed to remember most of the material from her previous school. I left her with practice problems on proportions and inequalities."
"Review of test. We did a 40 problem review which included every strand of algebra 2. Then we started on a 20 problem review for the test. Working with functions, domain and range, word problems, and factoring."
"Final session for the school year. We reviewed several tests in order to prepare for the final. The most challenging concepts were those pertaining to radicals, completing the square, and solving equations involving radicals. It could be challenging to correctly factor and multiply binomials that contained roots within them. We also reviewed the basic vertex equation of a parabola and also how to find the equation of a parabola given both of its roots. For the last part of the session, we reviewed the basic properties of logarithms, which was the test that she had found most challenging."
"The student and I reviewed for his final exam. We began with logarithms, which were very easy fro him, and then moved on to simplifying and graphing rational functions. He had a little bit of trouble with the latter, and we did spent most of the time on how to determine asymptotes, vertices, and in which directions the graphs would curve. We also looked over conics very quickly, and found a way to transform quadratic standard equations into those needed for graphing parabolas. We did not get to go over trigonometric functions, but he has notes from our previous sessions, which should help him."