Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over exponential form, log form, and the rules of logs. I made up a little equation sheet for the rules of exponents."
"We worked on a test review packet for the student's next test. The material we covered included simplifying equations and radicals, factoring, and FOILing. I showed her the key to things, in order to identify when trying to simplify an equation (i.e. greatest common factor). Once she got started on the right path she could correctly solve the problems. The student is doing a great job with the material and strengthened her abilities tremendously."
"The student and I spent the majority of the session preparing for an upcoming college placement exam, and going over some helpful standardized test taking habits. We will need to revisit the topic of logarithms before the end of the school year. We spent time reviewing linear equations, solving their graphs and finding their tables. We also revisited exponential (decreasing and increasing) graphs."
"The student and I worked on reviewing for her final. We went through the study guide her teacher gave and made a sheet of important concepts and equations. We also did some practice problems to help her remember the concepts. She is nervous about the exam but felt a little better after reviewing all the information."
"The student and I reviewed for his final exam during this session. He wanted to practice one type of problem from each section in the study guide, but we spent more time reviewing concepts related to solving systems of equations including: graphing equations of lines, using substitution or elimination to solve the system of equations, understanding no solutions or all real number solutions for parallel lines or the same graphed lines, re-writing equations in standard y = mx + b format, creating equations from application problems (e.g., money, percents, d = r x t) and defining variables for such problems. I strongly encouraged the student to record y = mx + b format on his test booklet as soon as he received it the next day as a reminder that any linear equation can be re-written in that format, especially when solving a system. We also briefly reviewed simplifying expressions with exponents using exponent rules and discussed exponential notation (i.e., moving the decimal point left or right to write rather small or large numbers in a more concise, condensed format). I advised the student to finish his study guide independently and review his previous homework or quizzes for concepts he needed to review more."
"The student's final is tomorrow so we wanted to make sure we completed her review sheet and not dwell on any one concept. We worked on rationalizing fractions, simplifying radical expressions and polynomials. We also focused on her confidence with the material. She tends to be unsure of what to do when given the problem even though she has a good idea on what to do if forced to think about it independently. She has to study on her own but she has more than enough examples of each concept she is expected to know."