Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, we covered various types of math for the middle school teacher exam. Future lessons will be more structured to cover one or two topics at a time."
"The student and I conducted a review so we covered many topics. The ones we will come back to are absolute value, quadratic equations, and some definitions."
"We went over the homework assignments I gave her, and studied concepts that were still not mastered. We also went over Chapters 5 and 6. I assigned further homework for next week."
"We covered polynomials and how to factor them and multiple them. We also went through the review book and did problems from many subjects. The session went well. I taught the student the FOIL rule. She was struggling with factoring; determining the lowest common factor and adjusting the exponents for the x variable correctly. After a few iterations, I saw improvement in her calculations. Good job!"
"The student is an enthusiastic, self-motivated student and is incredibly helpful at identifying concepts she is having trouble putting into practice. As she has about five chapters she must review for her algebra final next Tuesday, we started with the first of these chapters where she was having difficulty identifying consistent, inconsistent, dependent and independent systems of equations. I helped her to clarify that she could begin by marking a point on the y-axis at the value of the constant (the number added to the x-term). From this point, she could resume with the method she had learned of plotting the next point by applying the coefficient of x (slope) as "rise over run." I showed her how to identify consistent/inconsistent/etc. systems without needing to graph but rather by recognizing the significance of slope (same slopes makes two equations either parallel or the same) and two equations with the same y-intercept may intersect once or share the same coordinates depending on the slope. She will continue practicing problems on this subject until this Thursday and Friday when we will meet for further prep work."
"The student said that he didn't have any homework, so we focused on reviewing certain concepts such as linear equations and graphing, and depicting concepts such as factoring with pictures, etc. One thing that I showed him that he was especially interested in was number sequences. He found it fun trying to determine the rules behind various sequences."