Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began work on the final chapter of her Algebra class, which focuses on Rational Expressions and fractions. The student is generally familiar with fractions and the basics flew by, so we focused on the complications of factoring and dealing with polynomials within fractions."
"Today, we looked at a review for the student's upcoming test over factoring polynomials. She had said that she had felt generally comfortable with the material, but there were some specific types that she had been apprehensive over; namely factoring polynomials with number coefficients on the highest term. Fortunately, her review had plenty of such problems for us to look over. After we discussed how to handle those questions, the student found a strategy that worked for her and had little difficulty solving them."
"In this session, the student and I worked through a set of problems dealing with identifying characteristics of quadratic functions (i.e. domain, range, vertex, intervals of increase/decrease). Each problem asked to either graph a function or to make a function based on a graph; this involved using the y=a(x-h)+k formula. After I showed her a few examples, she started to catch on, and by the end of the session she was able to complete an entire problem on her own!"
"The student I reviewed her test prep handout then solved word problems from her text books. We discussed the best approaches for how to solve word problems. We also discussed ways to tell if your answer makes sense."
"We discussed her assignment on the multiplication of polynomials, and then began reviewing for her final by going over order of operation problems and exponent problems. The student is pretty quick to understand things."
"Tonight we reviewed factoring polynomials by determining the greatest common monomial factor of a given polynomial expression. We discussed some examples from her workbook. We looked in depth at how to determine the solutions (or find the zeros/roots) of quadratic trinomials. I showed her how to check answers by graphing on a graphing calculator. The student was most concerned with making improvements on solving for given expressions that first needed factoring. She scored amongst the highest performances in her class on her recent district administered benchmark exams, making only a few minor errors. The student is always self motivated and excited to improve, and she stated that she always feels much more confident with her coursework upon the conclusion of each tutor session."
"Today we reviewed factoring on his practice test 1. We discussed the steps of factoring and covered various examples. I will be adding this as an area of focus for the weeks ahead."
"We discussed homework which included solving system of inequality equations. The student used graphing to solve the system of inequalities. The student did practice problems to determine if an ordered pair was a possible solution to a system of equations. The student also did word problems, where a system of inequalities representing the word problem was created."
"The student worked on her test review and we reviewed all her past homework assignments and worksheets from the start of the semester. She had an upcoming test, so we essentially just reviewed and reviewed for a few hours to prepare her."
"We reviewed the homework on multiplying polynomials. We also reviewed previous material from the recent test. We are reviewing this material to help the student better perform in class."
"Today we have worked on a standardized test he needs to be taking this year. We have went over a practice test to see where he is that includes the topics; expressions and equations, equalities and inequalities and functions and statistics. We have solved several questions in provided packet."
"The student and I began this session by working on his homework assignment on quadratic equations and parabolas. He occasionally needed a few reminders about formulas for things such as the axis of symmetry or the vertex, but he quickly remembered these after a few problems. We then began our review of chapter 8 in preparation for his test next Monday. I started by going through each section and pointing out the important concepts and methods discussed in each one. I spent some bit of time deriving each formula and explaining their usage. We ended our session with a few practice problems from these sections, and we planned to devote the majority of our next session to going through practice problems."