Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on functions, specifically standard form and determining whether a function is linear. She had no issues with this, and she moved through quickly. We then moved on to her assignment for next week. Because she had not yet learned the material (intercepts), we did a quick introduction. We began by looking at examples of intercepts on a graph, but I did not give her a definition. She is very used to having information fed to her so that she can then take a test; for this reason, it's important to give her as many opportunities as possible to construct her own knowledge. After a few tries, she figured out that intercepts are the points at which lines cross the x and y axes, and that y and x are 0 at each point, respectively. She was excited to have discovered it on her own and went through the practice problems without trouble."
"We reviewed the student's algebra notes in preparation for his test the following day. We went over absolute values, plotting absolute value equations, solving algebraic equations, solving word problems, and lots of practice. I emphasized that he take his time to read and understand the word problems."
"The student and I covered the concepts of direct/inverse variations today. We spent the rest of the time talking about what it means to have a direct or inverse relationship between variables. He is struggling most with some basic algebra concepts. I taught him a trick to use for a certain case that he was struggling quite a bit with, and hopefully that will clear up any problems in the future. His scores are on average better, and he really needs to practice if he wants to keep it up!"
"Today, we covered homework problems in Algebra. We discussed comparisons of fractions, cross multiplication, and evaluation of the differences. The student is well versed in these skills. We also covered both Physics (homework on projectile motion) and geometry, which was about inverse trig functions, the unit circle, and the simplification of algebraic expressions involving roots, powers, and different bases. He has scored 100% on his physics test and well over 90% on his math test."
"The student is currently working on factoring quadratic equations. We reviewed her homework from the textbook, which consisted of very straightforward factoring. We then completed an additional homework assignment that involved word problems and factoring. She is much more confident in creating equations from word problems."
"For this session, the student and I focused again on solving algebraic expressions. We started off solving fractions involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. He still struggles a bit with solving algebraic expressions, but I did notice improvement with his calculations. We will continue to work in this area. I'm still getting him to get into the habit of writing out his calculations step by step. At the end of the session, I suggested to him some additional practice problems to get a better understanding of the material."