Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For the first 50 minutes, we did a worksheet on parabolas. The student learned about how parabolas are transformed by vertical shifts, reflections, and squeezes/stretches. I helped her understand domain and range, and we practiced graphing on her graphing calculator. The remaining 40 minutes we spent working through some optional practice problems her teacher gave, which was good practice for the student since it was mostly concepts she understood, but allowed her to practice arithmetic. She still is making some small mistakes, so I need to figure out how to help her stay focused when she is doing her work."
"Todays session went really well. We focused on quadratics again and worked on solving different types as well as a little bit with completing the square. The student and I also spent a little time working on chemistry where we talked about orbitals and how to figure out valence electrons and number of unpaired electrons. She is still struggling with keeping it all straight but she is doing a lot better and should soon have it down. She has a great attitude like always."
"We talked about solving one and two step equations with inequalities. The student seems really comfortable with the material and the process. The only real issue is that she sometimes forgets to switch the direction of the inequality when she multiplies or divides by a negative number. Overall, though, she's made great strides since we met last week."
"We went over the student's test and the problems he got wrong. He was struggling with the concept of foiling out problems (squaring binomials). He also seem to have a hard time working with problems that have a radical in the denominator. These will be the focus of our next sessions because I know he can do better."
"We worked on curve fitting data to logarithmic and exponential equations. The student's class hasn't covered this yet, so we attempted a few of the problems in the course packet. She needs to send me whatever information she has for her classes so that we can stay on top of the material."
"The student has a test tomorrow. She came prepared with a review. I asked her to describe the problem solving strategies for the different problems and then we addressed some issues and questions that she had."