Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we finished up reviewing different concepts on the upcoming test. The student is doing well, and she should feel confident about the assessment exam!"
"We went over different ways to factor polynomial expressions. We covered factoring when x has a coefficient of 1, factoring out binomials, factoring out a greatest common factor (both positive and negative), and factoring when the x coefficient isn't 1. The student went into this meeting remembering next to nothing about factoring, and she really did phenomenally. The only type of factoring that we talked about that she had any sort of prolonged trouble with was factoring with x coefficients greater than 1, and that was mostly because these can only really be solved by trial and error. We will work on this more next session."
"The student solved several problems that she thought may be harder for her. She knows most the concepts but sometimes makes arithmetic errors or forgets some steps. She will solve as many sample problems as she can and will try to get to their final answers so that she can compare them to the solutions available on web. This exercise helps her remember all the steps and tricks on the actual exam."
"We went over a comprehensive review of the test. We went over polynomials, quadratics, systems of equations, modeling expressions, factoring, slope, change of rate, interest word problems, graphing, and evaluating functions. She was much calmer and did better on practice questions. She got a 16/19 on a practice section of multiple choice. She still struggles with showing all her work on long form questions, but she has improved with that significantly since the first lesson. As long as she checks work and shows all work, she should be fine."
"We went over how to find the solution from two functions using the graphing, substitution, and elimination method. We also did problems where she had to determined the slope and y-intercept of the function. Then we covered what makes a function parallel or perpendicular to another function. She understood how to use the slope to determine if two functions were perpendicular or parallel to each other. With practice she also got how to find the slope and y-intercept of a function. She needs some practice using the elimination and substitution method to determine if two functions intersect. At the end of the session, I assigned her to complete the rest of the problems from lesson 7."
"We went over review problems for the final exam (chapters 5-8). We focused on compositions of functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, factoring, and rational exponents, as these were the areas the student identified as being most challenging for her. I gave her the mnemonic device, "flower power" to remember how to convert rational exponents to radical form and back again. I also sent her a factoring flow chart. She was a great student. Good luck on your exam!"