Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Introduction session. The student is going to be a high school sophomore taking Algebra II. We went over a packet which includes graphing inequalities, finding an equation of a line, and solving a system of equations."
"During our last session, I left the student with a set of questions to answer to prepare her for our session. We reviewed the questions that she was able to answer and went through those that she had trouble with. She struggled with long division using larger numbers so I left her with worksheets to complete to give her more practice."
"I sent the student several pages of problems. We worked through the problems and discussed solutions and strategies. The problems were indefinite and definite integrals. He had no problem with 14 of the 15 problems. He only had a couple of questions regarding the problem set. Next session, we will cover the area between curves."
"The student and I began with working on problems that required the factoring of trinomials where the leading coefficient was not 1. It required using a new process to reach the answer, which she has mastered well now. The practice problems also covered factoring binomials in which both terms are perfect squares. We went through a practice section that included all of the skills we've gone over the past two sessions, and she was able to differentiate well."
"The student and I went over her notes on adding and subtracting integers from last year and went over concepts that were difficult for her. We did several drills. I will bring workbooks/worksheets to assign her next week as per discussions with her mother."
"Today we reviewed hyperbolas, and I taught her how to complete the square with quadratic equations. She struggled with her hyperbola review, although she slightly remembered how to do it. She also struggled with understanding the concept of completing the square, but with time she was understanding how to do it. I gave her a worksheet to finish and an online quiz that I would like her to take by Wednesday."
"We basically went right into a review of the last week, as tomorrow is test 2. We started with implicit differentiation and went all the way to optimization, which signaled the end of the unit. The student is doing great. We worked on improving speed skills today. She will do great on the test!"
"The student and I began today by going over some algebra concepts to see what she did or did not remember from her past classes, starting with properties of exponents and roots. She recognized the properties, but said she had struggled with them before and that my explanations were helping clear up that confusion. We then segued into number classification and complex arithmetic, the latter being entirely new to her; however, she seemed to pick it up fairly well."
"We covered ellipses, hyperbolas and parabolas, including all the algebraic steps not included in the student's textbook! The student is on vacation until next week, but she will be getting ready for sequences, series and the next chapter in her text."
"At the last session, I left the student with a series of angle problems. We reviewed complementary and supplementary angles and then completed those problems. She struggled with solving multi-step problems. Once the student was comfortable with angles, we moved on to proportional relationships. The student is very comfortable with solving proportions by cross multiplying. We then used the idea of proportions to tackled percentages, which we have reviewed in previous sessions. She understood this method much better and was able to convert between fractions, decimals, and percentages. I left her with an assessment of proportions, ratios, and percentages to complete for our next session."
"The student worked on the first homework assignment over 12.1 which introduced functions in three dimensions, graphing in three dimensions, the midpoint, distance formulas with the z-axis, spheres, cones and planes in a three dimensional coordinate system."
"We continued discussing conics and completing the square. This is fairly involved material at the student's level so we will be spending the next few sessions on this. There is no one particular area that she struggles with, but there is just a need to spend more time on everything all together. I left her a little extra practice to supplement what she has available."