Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on catching her up in PreCalc. She did seem to understand constructing a function using known zeros. She has the basics down, and this unit really emphasizes applying those basics. I encourage her to do a lot of practice problems and write down steps for various types of problems."
"We went through his homework for chemistry first. It was about ionization energy and atomic radius. He understood the concept. Then we went through algebra. It was matrixes and their properties. I explained how he has to multiply, add and subtract. He understood them and he was doing well."
"She is beginning to enjoy math far more than she did previously. We have advanced past 4th grade multiplication. She is able to multiply 1, 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers easily and quickly. She is very capable of self-checking her work and determining her errors. We have advanced onto basics of 3rd grade division horizontal division, vertical division, remainders, and grouping. She is able to solve problems without remainder by just using her times tables; however, she is using manipulatives to solve problems that have remainders. She has 100% success rate so far."
"Place value (ones, thousands, and millions periods), writing numbers in expanded and standard form, adding numbers with 2-4 digits. The student had some packets of completed work that had been scored by her teacher, so I was able to see areas where she needed the most support. We did lots of practice on those types of problems specifically, and a some practice with other place value and addition problems to prepare for a test the next day. I left her with a few additional problems to complete on her own."
"We worked on Linear Equations. She had no problems related to slope and graphing. It was easy for her. She had her first test last week. She said the teacher was still grading them, but that she would let me know her grade next week."
"We worked on the meaning of the second derivative and understanding upward & downward concavity for functions. We also reviewed topics from last session. The student seemed to have a solid grasp on these concepts."
"Tonight, the student and I went over a quiz that she had taken. The quiz was over associative, commutative, and distributive properties. I helped her to recognize the use of each property visually within an equation by giving her some examples and more thorough instruction on how each applies. I advised her to use some of the unassigned problems from her assignments as extra practice and to specifically choose rigorous ones. She has shown progress with her grasp on solving equations that involve combining like terms and integers."
"We worked on practice problems involving functions (finding zeros, domain, range, as well as graphing). Student needed some extra practice with the domain of more complex functions, but was able to complete problems successfully at the end."
"The student is doing great with her multiplication tables. She has memorized her 6s, 7s 8s, and most of her 9s. I have seen a lot of progress since our first session. We worked on division and multiplication, especially on identifying which vocabulary words like "divisor", "product", and "quotient" go with which words."
"We worked on: -systems of linear equations (more practice with linear combination/substitution). -probability and statistics (with and w/out replacement). -quadratic equations (general vs. vertex equations). The student has maintained a B+ average in this class (the only class in which she has lower than an 'A'). This is an Honors Algebra 2 class, so the teacher is assigning challenging problems for homework in preparation for the quizzes and tests. She has a test this Thursday, for which we prepared by going over the review sheet."
"Last week. the student and I worked through the first two sections of Chapter 1 from his new text book, and I assigned him some problems from each section to work on throughout the week. He completed part of his 1-2 assignment. We went through some of the homework problems together, and spent the majority of the time going over section 1-3 covering multistep variable isolation and then briefly went over section 1-4 which covered absolute value expressions and equations. For his homework for the week, I asked him to go back and do some of the problems from 1-1, and then to focus on 1-3. I also gave him some problems to work on from 1-4."
"The student and I worked specifically with similar triangles, and continued to work on using algebra to find corresponding sides and angles. Overall, everything went well and I still believe that he is very well-prepared for the course and continuing to understand the material!"