Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight, the student and I went over chapter 8, lesson 5. He was very enthusiastic. The topic was factoring polynomials. This is a difficult topic for many algebra students. Showing him a highly systematic approach to factoring seemed to help quite a bit. I went back to the beginning of the lesson with him, and showed him how to decide which method would be the best fit for the problem. Tied the methods together, and gave him several examples by which to model the process. He said he felt better about the exam and thought he would be able to do okay. I prepared his final exam study guide for the next seven days. I took the study guide the teacher had given him, and broke it down into topics, giving him one to two problems a day on each topic, rather than having him work the same type of problem over and over all at once. This will increase long-term memory. On Monday of next week, I will have his study guide for week 2 prepared."
"Sequences and series review for quiz. Explained how to approach induction questions and summation of patterns."
"Completed a review of factoring, simplifying, adding and subtraction, multiplying and dividing polynomials."
"We reviewed for the student's algebra final by covering systems of equations, systems of inequalities, graphing both equations and inequalities, slope intercept form, and word problems. He was able to do all of the problems on his own and only missed two questions when he did not write down all the work and tried to do it in his head. I worked with him on getting into the habit of writing everything down which I explained would be beneficial to his work and to helping his teacher follow his work on the test."
"When we met the student had just started a new chapter. The section of the chapter that we focused on dealt with domain, range and functions. We went over how to identify the domain and range. We also worked on determining what is and what is not a function. One of the methods that we use for this concept is the vertical line test. We also evaluated functions by plugging in values for x. She did not struggle with any of this and was able to understand it all. I instructed her to keep working on these things and I left her with some notes in case she needed to review the information."
"The student and I worked on solving systems of equations using substitution. She found this lesson extremely helpful. Overall, she understands the concept thoroughly and does not struggle with execution. Her major issue, as always, is that she is unwilling to return to look at her work once she is done. I suggested she start doing this to see how it affects her test and quiz scores."