Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed problems based on quadratic functions including analytic and conceptual methods of solving them, as well as graphing. We reviewed the 3 positions of the discriminant and what it means (no real solutions, one solution, two real solutions) based on it resulting in positive, zero, and negative answers, and we also attempted to use translations, stretches, compression, flips, etc. to determine how the shape of the graph of quadratic functions would change by affecting one piece of their equation, then verifying results through my graphing calculator."
"We started a geometry unit this week. The student worked on her homework packet identifying triangles, quadrilaterals, and pentagons. She had already completed her homework, so we reviewed math facts, place value, and fact families."
"Tonight, we looked at factoring and simplifying algebraic fractions. I brought a few worksheets, and we generated a few problems in session. We stayed with factoring - I gave him a bunch of different types of quadratic equations to factor, quizzed him on the quadratic formula, and gave him a few unfactorable equations which he figured out were trick questions. We switched back and forth between verbal Q and A and work on paper. I gave him some fraction addition problems that could be solved using factoring; this was new to him, but he retained more, the more problems he tried."
"The student and I studied for her upcoming math test (chapter 8 - radicals, complex numbers, and vectors). There were a couple of concepts that we had to revisit, but she did well after the review. I'm going to be giving her some review worksheets from time to time. She can work on them between sessions. Overall, good job today!"
"I worked on reducing fractions with the student, starting with combinations of factors of 2, 3, 5, and 7 and then having him decide which factor to use to reduce. Overall, he did very well with the problems and was very engaged in them. I left him with some more problems to practice during the week, and we will begin going over adding fractions."
"The students are learning rates, unit rates and simplifying ratios. I gave both of them problems and they both handled problems on rates, unit rates and simplifying ratios very well. Since they did so well on the problems, I decided to end each of their sessions with problems on operations with fractions which they both did very well with. They both had a good attitude towards the material we reviewed today."