Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session we reviewed for the student's end-of-grade standardized test he has on the first week in May. The packet involved concepts that he has learned throughout the year. The problems we worked on involved linear functions, exponentials, solving both functions, graphing, and representing functions given a word problem. He did very well and knew most of the material great. We will pick back up on Wednesday."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed his last quiz, which he took the day before. His errors were minor. He also told me that during the quiz he did not flip the fraction in a division problem, but then he remembered at the end so he got the full answer correct! I was very proud of him for correcting his mistake during the quiz. He has made great improvement over the last week. Afterward, we began reviewing for his test this Wednesday. We practiced factoring using the grouping method, the trinomial method, the difference of squares, and the sum and difference of cubes. He's in good shape so far on these topics."
"The student had a worksheet on parabolas given by a substitute teacher. It went over how to determine whether the parabola opened up or down depending on the sign of the coefficient in front of the x2 term. We also went over how to determine the vertex and the y-intercept and if there were any x-intercepts. He had to graph a set of points figure out the (x, y) coordinates for the vertex and intercepts by substitution. We then went through several equations, determining a set of points and then graphing them by hand after we figured out the (x, y) coordinates for the vertex and intercepts."
"The student worked on Algebra homework that focused on analyzing quadratic functions to predict their shape, vertex, and intercepts. He needed help to apply some of his previous algebra skills to this assignment. We'll continue to build foundational knowledge for him here. He seemed to be improving by the end of our session. We also worked on some homework for physics (waves) and he conceptually understands it much better than circuits."
"The student had a better attitude during this session than in previous sessions. We discussed how to convert word problems into equations and tried to break down how individual phrases translated to numbers."
"During this session, we focused on the student's upcoming test. He is still working on not rushing through the test, and also staying calm. We talked about a strategy of staying calm and knowing when to skip a question and come back to it. Hopefully, this will help him in his test tomorrow."