Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished reviewing his core concept worksheets. He has shown remarkable improvement over the course of our time together. These worksheets were the primary symptom of his struggles during the regular year, so it is important that we return to them at various intervals. We talked a little about functions, but I don't want to overextend too much. We will continue to cover core algebra concepts for the next session."
"Topics covered today included a review of the student's previous quiz and how to determine the correct answers. We also went over integration through partial fractions. He is understanding improper integrals and how to solve them. We corrected all the answers, to my surprise he did them all himself."
"Tonight the student and I finished his packet of worksheets for algebra 2, which took about 45 minutes. We then spent the rest of the time covering FOILing, factoring, and simplifying exponential expressions. He is doing extremely well with FOIL and exponents. I left several worksheets focusing on the concepts we covered (mostly factoring) to be done by Wednesday. If the worksheets are correctly completed, we'll move on to graphing quadratic equations, otherwise, we'll devote another session to factoring."
"The student and I went over integration with trigonometric functions and trigonometric substitution. At the end of the session, he had a pretty good understanding of both concepts and just needed some repetition to solidify the topics. I am emailing her some practice questions with solutions."
"Today we finished the summer packets. We also went over some workbooks their father bought them. They have a little homework to be completed by our next session."
"We covered mixed fractions involving adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing today. We also reviewed order of operations and I gave him practice problems (homework) which he finished during our section. He is expected to review linear equations and rework the practice problems. He did a great job at getting to the right answer. There are no concerns from this session."
"The student and I reviewed all of the material we've covered up to this point. I also introduced negative exponents and spent the majority of the session going over solving equations in terms of a particular variable. This required an explanation of independent and dependent variables."
"The student and I covered trig substitution, trig identities and formulas, and integration by parts. I left him with his homework to complete for next time. Things are going well."
"Today the student and I reviewed exponents and we began covering radicals. The place where I see the student making the most mistakes is adding and subtracting negatives so next session we will review this again as it's crucial to master this for higher level math courses. The student knows more math than she gives herself credit for! I often find that she thinks problems are much harder than they actually are so I'm working to show her that problems are usually easier than she thinks."
"Today we reviewed subtraction, as well as the 4's in the multiplication table. The student had practiced over the weekend and really knew her 4's. We then moved on to learning her 6's. We're using a few different methods (including games which are a version of Tic Tac Toe). We're also working on building up her confidence so she feels strong in her work. We also practiced subtraction to ensure the student really understood the process. She did great work."
"We continued to go through his book. We spent a little time reviewing dividing a number from a rational expression. We then continued onto a discussion on inverses and how it becomes useful for algebraic manipulations. This was extended to how square roots and squares are inverses. I followed up with some algebra and theory on taking square roots. we worked over some difficult word problems and I tried to help the student gain proficiency in taking word problems and turning them into functions."
"The student and I reviewed Pythagorean Theorem which she wanted to go over and I brought some worksheets that she worked on. We also did percentage problems in which she practiced computing percentage of increase and decrease. I gave her a practice pre-algebra exam to complete as homework for next time."