Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Went through more of the problems. Practiced exponents, polynomials, real numbers, and line equations. The student seems to do rather well with exponents and greatly improved with practice at polynomials."
"The student had questions on some problems from a prep book. She will be in 8th grade this coming fall, so she wanted to get an idea of what she has to learn next year for the test. The questions she had dealt with proportions, the sum of consecutive integers, and an applied system of equations. I talked through the logic of how to solve each problem, and once she had an idea of how to approach the problem, she computed the answer. The questions she had were of problems of a generally more advanced level, so it makes sense that she found them tricky."
"Yesterday, the student and I worked on solving systems of equations both by elimination and substitution. We worked a lot on remembering the steps that come with solving systems of equations."
"Today the first student and I continued working on exponents. She understands the concepts of the rules and how to apply them. She and I also reviewed two step linear equations, which she was also quite confident with. Student 2 and I reviewed everything that we had done up until that point - angles, parallel lines, and triangles."
"We reviewed the subjects we covered on Monday. The student is now adding fractions with differing denominators well. I have been teaching him to recognize common factors that can be removed to reduce fractions properly, and have started working to get him to memorize the prime numbers below 30 to make this easier for him. We are also continuing to work on solving simple one-variable equations."
"The student did very well on his most recent homework, showing strong competency with simplifying square roots and exponential expressions, so I was confident that we were finally ready to move on today. I introduced him to coordinate graphing, and we began practicing plotting points and finding distances, midpoints, and slopes between points. After some initial confusion over the notation involved, he seemed to pick up the new skill quickly."
"The student and I finished our introduction to fractional exponents. We spent the rest of our session reviewing past sessions and mastering some of the previous concepts. Next time we will start covering new concepts."
"The student is working on absolute value equalities and inequalities. We looked at multiplying and dividing inequalities by negative numbers, and how to solve compound inequalities that result from absolute values."
"Introduction session. The student is going to become a 7th grader taking pre - algebra or algebra. We went over algebra including the number line, adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. Writing in interval notation and equations with variables on each side of the equal sign."
"The student finished a little more of his practice test today, which we went over. Topics ranged from radical expressions to solving rational equations. He has promised to completely finish his test for Friday's session."
"During this session, the student and I worked on solving multi-step equations, proportions, ratios, percentages, and solving multi-variable equations. By the end of the session, he was confident in the multi-step equations. He also fully understood proportions and using percents. The student is having the most trouble solving multi-variable equations, so I gave him some homework problems that focused on these."
"Today, we covered how to use the discriminant (b^2 - 4ac) to determine whether or not a trinomial can be factored, then used factoring to solve for zeroes of given functions. This is a challenging topic, towards the back of the textbook. I think both students found it a bit intimidating, but gained confidence as they solved more examples."