Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent the session going over practice problems involving order of operations, and she did extremely well. We also went over some statistics problems, which she had no trouble with."
"We talked about the complete-the-square method of solving polynomials. We also talked a little about word problems again, which he is getting much better at."
"Completed comprehensive review of all topics learned so far (including topics the student completed prior to working with me) and the student completed 47-question comprehensive exam."
"The student had a single worksheet for us to tackle dealing with the area bounded by multiple entries in a System of Equations. She graphed y horizontally and x vertically at one point, so I wrote a charming note to her teacher asking her if this was deliberate. We did all of the extra credit questions from the sheet (most paid for the most expensive surfboard vs. least paid, then the same thing for the least expensive surfboard). At the end of the hour I relayed the newspaper piece about the number pattern "1, 2, 4" following a rule so that she could test different sets to determine that rule. Ultimately it was an exercise in mathematical thinking and she passed it swimmingly."
"We continued working on percents. I made up multistage problems that we worked though. My goals were for this student to feel more comfortable given percents in a variety of ways. At the end of the lesson I believe she understood the concept more."
"Today I reviewed Exam 2 and 3 and made appropriate test corrections with the student. We continue to review common topics and methods of completing problems. I am trying to push him to determine how to complete the problem instead of just saying "Where do I go from here?" A common question is solving for the x-intercepts, where you plug in y = 0 of f(x) = 0. After solving he often wants to plug in the answer into the question instead of leaving the equation of a line with x,y variables. Another common method of solving is isolating (x+h)^2, we practiced square rooting both sides and then continuing to solve with +/-. We corrected repeat mistakes of understanding +/- on the exam."