Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's test was the next day, so we went over Chapter 9 (polynomials). We started with word problems which dealt mainly with finding the area of a rectangle. We then looked over the rest of the chapter, and I had her do problems from each. I reminded her that in order to check her answer for width and length she could multiply them together and she would get the number for area in the question."
"The student and I first worked on her Algebra assignment, which covered solving and graphing inequalities and absolute value functions. She struggled with solving absolute value functions, but after reviewing she was able to easily complete the assignment. We next studied for her physics quiz, which covered velocity and acceleration. I gave her several problems where she had to use the equations to solve for average velocity and acceleration."
"He is still doing really well and told me he got a 96 on his last test. We did the math homework he did have and he had no problems with it so at his request, we did some math "riddles." We started doing some of these a few weeks ago to try to work on thinking outside the box and making math fun again."
"In this session with the student we went over his homework assignment dealing with radicals. We discussed methods for combining like radicals, and multiplication rules. We also went over how to expand one radical into a multiple of two radicals that can be easier simplified and combined."
"We covered elimination and did some further practice on converting word problems to a system of equations. The student is doing very well with the material. I was proud to hear that she got a 100 on her last math quiz. As long as she keeps track of signs when multiplying by negative numbers, she will do just fine."
"For this session, we went through an algebra exam. The problems varied in topics. I gave her instructions to complete the exam and to take another practice exam timed, in order to determine strengths and weaknesses. This way we can focus our sessions on what she needs to improve upon and/or review."
"We looked over a recent exam in class and tried to go over the wrong answers and some related concepts. I noted the exam score as a baseline score and hopefully see higher numbers as we move forward. This first session was mainly to get an idea of the student's needs and skill level."
"We covered linear inequalities, he finished his homework, and we did a thorough review of old material (properties of linear, quadratic, exponential, etc.). We took the idea of inequalities a step further to introduce geometric shapes made by systems of inequalities, which the student really enjoyed and which I feel made him appreciate/view the material differently. He has a test next Thursday so we will prepare for it more next week, but he said he already feels like he is more prepared for it having been "pushed" to think more today."
"In this afternoon's session, the student and I completed two more sections in Math. The focus was adding polynomial fractions with different denominators. The student is improving at recognizing the LCD, and all of the factoring work we have been doing has proven valuable in this chapter as well."
"Today we covered the topics of completing the square and working with the quadratic formula. The student understood most of the concepts and is making fewer of the mistakes that she was making earlier. Its been a common problem of hers to forget the "plus or minus" before a radical but she did a much better job of remembering that today. She is making fewer errors when simplifying problems and I'm seeing an overall improvement in every session so things are going great!"
"The student and I worked on her set of factoring problems that she had for homework. The problems were introductory factoring, so she needed to understand the zero property and how to determine the factors of a quadratic equation. She did pretty solidly with this on her own, and just had a couple questions about a few problems that were written differently. I helped her address these questions using her own knowledge and by the end she was feeling much more confident about the topic. We also looked at a few problems on finding x, y, intercepts, axis of symmetry and vertex with quadratic equations, as she was a bit confused on some of these. I showed her how to find axis of symmetry and vertex using the formula -b/2a as well as using a graph of the equation and locating the middle point. She was feeling better about this by the end, and ready for her quiz this week."
"Today the student had a general algebra review looking over all of the different topics she had covered in the past couple of months. We went through it, and then we discussed the different study tactics we had worked on for the past few weeks and how to keep implementing the good study habits she's picked up."