Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student completed most of his algebra homework today, so we reviewed sample problems, and used his schedule to look at what's coming up next."
"We reviewed factoring for the student's upcoming final, with various kinds of factoring, with one or two terms. We then talked about the motivation for factoring as a reverse process to expansion, and I had her check her factoring work by expanding. We also discussed how to solve for a polynomial's zeros, and why the signs switch from the factor to the solution. She did well and seemed to grasp things as we went along."
"The student has been progressing nicely in his Pre-Algebra class. He and his mother informed me that he received a 100% on his recent exam! He was very excited and encouraged about this news. We continued working on line-angle relationships with parallel and intersecting lines. This time, we applied the definitions and line-angle relationship to algebraic problems. He was tested on how well he recognized line-angle relationships within myriads of intersecting lines. He had to solve for unknown angles based on those relationships. He really enjoyed this aspect. He loved the challenge and using his new geometric skills with algebra applications. He completed problems from the textbook section. I also e-mailed him a worksheet with more intermediate level problems dealing with the same line-angle relationships."
"The student brought home a practice test/study guide and we worked through this. The test was varied and we covered several topics, from translating word problems into expressions to the relationship between median and mean."
"We reviewed the student's study guide for her upcoming exam that covered exponents, scientific notation, and exponential growth and decay. She had a good grasp of the material and I suggested she focus on scientific notation in her studying."
"We focused on his current math homework. Since it is almost the end of the semester, his class is doing a full cumulative review of chapters 1-11 to review for his end-of-year exam. Today we worked through the Chapter 2 cumulative review which focused on order of operations, products, quotients, sums and differences, as well as distribution and simplification. As expected, he found this chapter review very easy by the end of our review. I told him that at the beginning of our next session I will bring a times table worksheet and that I want him to complete it in under 5 minutes since his test will require knowing the times tables well. Next session we will either work on his algebra end-of-year test or his science review test or both if we have time."