Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He and I covered factoring polynomials. He really seemed to understand it. I taught him the box method to factoring to help him keep his work straight and organized and easier to read. I did leave him with about 15 homework problems to do on his own. We worked through 15 so he had plenty of examples to reference. No concerns from the session, working with him is a joy he has such an awesome personality and is very vocal about what he needs and I love that!"
"Worked with student on using distributive, associative, and commutative properties to simplify algebraic expressions, and applying the division rule. Student test scores indicate she has solid understanding of content with only a few minor errors."
"We went through his review for his exam. It was about solving equations. We went through solving quadratic equations by completing square, factoring and using quadratic formula as well. I showed him how he has to use LCD to solve equations with fraction. We also solved some problems regarding imaginary numbers. He is very smart and doing great. He just needs to review the questions and solve similar problems to refresh his mind."
"The student had just finished a test so I began on new material that she would be covering next. We covered how to solve radical and absolute value expressions. The student needed a little help grasping the concept of what made a real vs complex solution. I am a little concerned because she will more frequently than I like to see make algebraic errors. 2 factors are contributing to this, the first is that she does a lot of steps at once and her work can be a little inconsistent. The second is that she will go forward with a prohibited manipulation even if she is not positive it is legal. I am trying to get her to write more work out more neatly as well as justify to me whether or not she can make a manipulation by justifying it."
"The student and I went through an assignment of his problem by problem and discussed the methods and overall ways of thinking about how to solve them; finding the slope given nothing but two pairs of points; setting a system of equations equal to each other; and interpreting real world scenarios using graphs and y = mx + b. We also discussed the real world differences between graphs with a positive slope and a negative slope."
"The student completed her algebra homework regarding axioms and properties of equality. She was able to do most of the work on her own, and understood explanations quickly when she was unsure. With the remaining time, we worked on her ISEE math homework, which was about rays, lines, and line segments. She had very little trouble with this, and again, was very receptive and quick in understanding explanations. Had her study the axioms and properties of equality on her own prior to her quiz on Monday."
"The student and I worked on two worksheets she had to complete for extra credit on solving exponential equations. She did very well on both of these worksheets. We went over the rules for multiplying exponents vs. powering exponents and she did very well for the remainder of the worksheets."
"The student did well with the portion of the factoring homework she completed over grouping, but she forgot how to handle the synthetic division portion. We went over that this morning, and got some more practice with factoring and polynomial long division."
"We covered the algebra II exam. This is quite challenging, with precalculus and calculus problems (sequences and series). We focused on standard equations and how to recognize them. We also reviewed factoring and absolute value."
"We covered the student's test review (solving equations, slope, and inequalities). We reviewed a quiz on slope. We also reviewed her first test to determine how she takes tests. We discussed test taking strategies and how to remain at ease for her test on Thursday. I told her to review the test review and practice problems with negative numbers. ."
"On Tuesday's session, I wanted to focus on more advanced concepts that she has not practiced with before. We went over foiling and factoring with complex polynomials. After the first two examples, she caught on very quickly and was able to foil out with complex exponents without a problem. I also introduced her to factoring, which she said she had never done before, but again she caught on very quickly. We also went over a couple slope problems again."
"This session began with a brief review of the problems I had assigned at the end of our first meeting. For the most part, the student has done a great job of applying the methods and approaches I had outlined previously."