Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over more of the worksheet I gave the student. We reviewed some of the basics of fraction math again. I assigned more of the worksheet and one rational equation problem from the book as homework."
"Covered some topics that the student needed help with from Pre-algebra and first 4 chapters of Algebra I book."
"The student and I went through an algebra worksheet together. It seemed like a mix of review and unfamiliar concepts. We were able to refresh his memory and I showed him a few tricks to solving problems."
"The student had homework that wasn't quite due but wanted to get a headstart on it to stay ahead of the class. It was on systems of inequalities and graphing their solutions. He had some trouble with the algebra initially (adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing each side of an equation, use of negatives in inequalities), but once he understood what he was doing incorrectly, he was quick to fix the problem. He acknowledged that more practice would better reinforce his knowledge base of algebra rather than simply looking at and reviewing past notes and homework since doing is usually the best way to reinforce new concepts. Indeed, as we neared the end of the homework, he had no problems with the last few questions after learning to fix all of the problems that cropped up initially. Hence, I emphasized that practice would certainly help him in retaining the information he learns. He also told me he had taken an exam recently, but the students were not given back their exams (they did receive their grades). I asked him to ask the teacher if he could get his exam back so that we could see where he had trouble and to focus on the appropriate areas of need."
"The student showed me her test that she took last week, and she got a 91%! We have been working on exponents and powers for the test last week, and the only things she missed were two simple arithmetic errors. We've also been working on scientific notation, and just started multiplication/ division of scientific notation. She is understanding the material."
"The student is a sharp student. We reviewed all her assigned homework and many additional problems in her text at her request. We explored all the properties and rules of exponents. Our next session is scheduled for next Tuesday. I recommended to her and her father a better hand-held calculator to use."