Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student continues to understand the material and to do well on his homework assignments. He's very good at factoring, but sometimes makes minor errors when solving equations by failing to distribute multipliers or forgetting negative signs. He seems to understand the proper way to do it though. No concerns."
"Both students have tests in the upcoming week. The first student is working on factoring. He had a wide variety of problems to work through for homework. We talked through different strategies to factoring faster using factor trees and GCF. We also worked through a few of the special cases, perfect square trinomials and x^2-y^2. Overall he seemed pretty confidant with the material. The second student did well on her quiz from the previous week. This week she was working with more complex log transformations than last week. We reviewed log and ln transformations. She had the most trouble with the order of operations when combining logs and solving exponentials with unequal bases. We reviewed both topics with some extra practice with order of operations and how that also is important for solving algebraic equations. She seemed optimistic about her test next Tuesday."
"The student and I worked on problems involving inequalities with absolute value, graphing inequalities on a number line and on coordinate axes, and word problems with inequalities. He seemed to do well on writing inequalities for word problems, but still needs work in the other areas. We practiced my own made-up types of problems he struggled with on the mid-term, such as writing algebraic equations from word problems and solving them, percent and discount problems, and identifying slope from different forms of linear equations."
"We continued working on equations during this section, and I increased the difficulty by building several steps into the problems. I'm going to start incorporating word problems as soon as possible."
"The student hasn't taken a math course in years, so in our first session we started off with fundamentals of algebra. We went over solving algebraic expressions, mathematical operations (exponents, absolute values, square roots, order of operations. We are moving at a quicker pace in order to cover a lot of material. I left him with an intermediate algebra book and we decided that we would do a chapter a session and whatever part of the chapter we didn't finish he would do at home."
"Today we spent the entire session going over algebra. I made problems for her to complete and walked through how variable work in terms of what they are doing in the equation. We worked on being able to move different aspects of problems to either side of the equation and how to solve for X and how to put the equation into the standard linear form. The student didn't seem 100% confident in the material, so I left her with a few problems to work on before our next meeting. Additionally, I will bring a more visual representation to try to explain what is going on when she is solving for X or what it means when you have a value for X and you have to plug it into the equation. The student did get a very high score (near 100%) on her world history test and also did very well on her biology quiz."
"Today, the student and I worked on her online assignment for math. She had to solve for systems of equations and determine if the lines met once, more than once, or not at all, as well as determine if the slopes were parallel, perpendicular, or neither."
"We specifically covered his missing math assignment and some of his Earth science homework. The math included systems, properties of systems, functions and their properties, and the distributive property. We also covered the properties of exponents. He caught onto the material well and seems quite confident about it. We need to do more work with systems. If he turns in his missing work, his grades should improve drastically. He is supposed to finish his last four math problems in his advocacy class tomorrow."
"Today, over the course of two sessions, the student and I reviewed a number of concepts, from mixed numbers and improper fractions to absolute value and scientific notation. He excelled throughout the session and his dedication to his homework and paying attention during our sessions has been paying off."
"The student and I reviewed how to simplify expressions involving fractions and various word problems (e.g. ratios, direct variation, and inverse variation). She knows how to solve each of the problems that we covered. I reminded her that she needs to move through each problem as fast and accurate as possible. With more practice, I believe she will be ready for her final exam, which has been rescheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday."
"Today we worked on the student's homework assignment out of her math book. The assignment was a problem set on factoring trinomials. She did a good job understanding how to solve each problem after I walked her through just one example. We then continued to work on her homework packet. The sections we worked on was on factoring the GCF. She was able to find the GCF for each problem and factor it out correctly. She was also able to factor out the GCF using the grouping method correctly. We then worked on some word problems. She is very smart and easily understands material."
"We covered absolute values of numbers. The student has a great attitude toward learning the math. I have no concerns with this session. I explained to him how to look at absolute values in an easier way, and it seemed to help him catch on very quickly to the concept. He said he just took 2 quizzes this week and got 16 out of 16 on both of them."