Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on the online modules on math today. We made it through another 7 modules in order to complete her assignment due next week. We should probably complete a few more before the actual due date in order to improve her post-quiz score, which is impossible to check right now."
"During today's session, the student and I worked through section 7.4a and most of section 7.4b on the math website. The topic was adding fractions with polynomial numerators and denominators, which required finding a polynomial common denominator by factoring. The student breezed through 7.4a, which already had like denominators. Factoring and then finding the common denominator was difficult at first, but then she started to catch on and complete the exercises more quickly."
"We went over substitution problems and resolution problems. She had a pretty good handle on the material. We also went over some physical science concepts (dew point and relative humidity). She had a bunch of problems assigned by her teacher which were relevant, so we will go over those next week after she does them. No concerns, she made good progress over the course of the session."
"The student and I spent the session tonight working problems on factoring for a quiz she has this week. We factored trinomials with and without coefficients of x squared, difference of squares, factored by grouping and talked about taking the gcf out of the polynomial before factoring. We also worked a couple word problems and talked about solving quadratic equations in factored form. The student is prepared for her quiz."
"The student and I met to go over a review of different concepts that will be covered for the rest of the semester. We covered exponents (negative, simplifying, expressions), looked at word problems involving systems of equations and went over scientific notation. She is doing well and seems to be retaining what she has learned so far over the semester. Some sections are easier than others, and this one relies a lot of calculating and knowing when to flip the expression due to negatives. She is getting the concepts."
"Today the student and I first covered over linear equations and slopes. Then we moved on exponents, and substitution and elimination of equations. He understood everything we've gone over today."
"Today we went over finding a line perpendicular to another line using 2 points, as well as solving word problems using quadratics. The student seemed to have a little problem with the word problems in figuring out how to proceed, but I think it's because they're not really intuitive and he just needs practice."
"The student is now learning how to put linear equations in slope-intercept form and graph them. She had trouble remembering the proper form, so we did a bunch of examples to show that she had to solve for y. Once we got that down, we moved onto graphing. We also talked about how slope is rise over run, so if we know one point, we just go up a certain number of units, and then to the right another number of units."
"Today the student did not have any particular math homework but wanted to meet to review various ways to solve quadratic equations and word problems. We used the session to talk about when to use what technique and how to best utilize the different techniques. He also got a 95 on his last quiz."
"The student worked on her homework assignment with more expressions with square roots and variables. The problems required her to simplify square roots, factor, combine like terms, get rid of square roots in the denominator, and get the problems down to their simplest form. Since last week, she is definitely more confident with these kinds of problems. Her biggest challenge was remembering when she could simplify a problem by cancelling out a common term in the numerator and denominator, and when she could not do this because one term was part of a larger expression. We talked through these and by the end she was feeling better. We also went over a few problems where she could simplify the square root term in a couple different ways, and discusses which was the easier and quicker method. She has a quiz this week on this material and is feeling good about it."
"The student and I reviewed material for her upcoming test. We went over several word problems dealing with exponents and then moved on to scientific notation. We continued to work from the packet assigned by her teacher. Her test will be next week. I left her with some exponent challenge problems from the packet and some additional scientific notation problems. I did not have any concerns about the session."
"Good session with both students yesterday. I divided my time between both of them. Student A was working on graphing functions, and Student B had an assignment on reducing/multiplying radicals. They both made significant progress on their respective assignments."