Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered the binomial theorem during this session. We looked at the ways in which it relates to Pascal's triangle, as well as multiple methods of expanding, simplifying, and identifying terms with a binomial expression. She has a quiz next week that will cover this material."
"The student had trouble factoring expressions, this was mostly due to not recognizing patterns and not memorizing the difference of squares and cubes formulas. I taught her how to factor trinomials with a leading coefficient other than 1. She was able to do this fairly well. We continued practicing factoring expressions until she felt comfortable with it."
"The student and I worked through he math homework for the evening and the next day. They are beginning to work with geometric concepts like area, volume and perimeter. She caught on very quickly. We continued to work with her subtraction flash cards which she's speeding up on but still getting stuck in a few places. We'll work on multiplication and division next."
"The student and I worked on a study guide for a math quiz she has on Tuesday this week and for a test she has on Friday before the end of the 3rd quarter. She wanted some help with graphing quadratic equations and for the most part did really well. We also worked on the intro and conclusion paragraphs for a paper she is writing on the movie Titanic. We used her thesis, notecards, articles, and body paragraphs to begin to draft the introduction. She is doing well."
"Today, the student and I spent most of the time focusing on basic statistics. She had an assignment that covered, mean, median, mode, range, and stem-and-leaf plots. She was comfortable with arranging numbers into the stem-and-leaf plot, as well as taking median, mode and range. We further discussed finding the correct mean. I showed her how best to organize numbers given in a plot to find the mean, and she was able to correctly take the mean from then on. Additionally, she asked me to show her how to use a dot plot to organize data, so I gave her an example of that. I then constructed a problem that had her organize data into a dot plot and take the mean, which she was able to do correctly. With the remainder of our time, I introduced her to box-and-whisker plots, and described the benefits and uses of it over other plots."
"We first went though his descriptive memoir essay, which I corrected. He's agreed to type up another draft by Thursday so we can work on it some more. We worked on his math for the rest of the session, thinking about turning word problems into algebra equations, and the relationship between algebra equations and graphs."