Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued to work on word problems. I dialed back the difficulty a little bit so the student could get more practice repeating the steps and then we tried some more difficult ones again. I think it worked--he was able to focus better and made some clear improvement. We're going to try the same thing next Tuesday."
"Today, we looked at another assignment that the student had been given over factoring. This was the first time that he had seen a difference of two squares polynomial, so I had solved an example of my own so he could see the steps necessary to completing it. Upon doing so, he realized why it was easier to use the steps I showed him, and he completed the rest of the assignment with little difficulty."
"We went over her last algebra quiz on midpoints and perpendicular lines. She did not score well but she seems to be understanding the concepts. She just made a few simple arithmetic mistakes. We then went through her homework for the week together. She understood the new topics of mathematical proofs for algebraic expressions very well and she did not make any arithmetic errors once we completed several practice problems. Overall, it was a good session."
"Student and I began our session by discussing his performance on the chapter seven retake test that he had taken that day. He felt that he was well-prepared for most of the exam, but he did admit that he may have switched up the formulas for explicit and recursive formulas and that may have affected his grade. Although it was a plus that he was able to memorize the formulas, I will have to make it a case to help him better understand concepts instead of just application. After this, we finished his homework of reviewing chapter eight. He was able to get through all of these questions since we had previously prepared for a quiz that tested these sections. We spent the remainder of our section previewing the graphs of quadratic equations. I explained the structure of the quadratic equation and how the various coefficients were manifested in a graph, and I also had him perform a few graphing problems to see how the shape and position of the parabola changed based upon different parameters."
"Student and I spent this session with some arithmetic review. We talked mainly about fractions and division. He made good progress, especially in understanding of cancellation and factoring rational expressions. I think that making the connection between factoring and cancellation will help him a lot in understanding more complex algebra concepts. He and I will continue to review some foundations, but also will start focusing more on the details of the exam itself as we get closer to test time. He expects to take this test in late spring."
"The student and I worked on some more polynomial problems. We reviewed the distributive property and she's starting to understand how to work the questions on a level past just copying what I do. I gave her some practice problems to work on. We also made a multiplication table, and I taught her some of the properties of the table (it's symmetrical about the line containing 1, 4, 9, 16 etc., there are 3 times more even numbers in the table than odd); hopefully this'll help her remember them. She should practice with the table some more just in case."
"At this session, we worked through a review package the student received for his upcoming test. This package covered writing/graphing linear equation, solving linear word problems and parallel word problems. To help him become more familiar with solving word problems, I suggested practicing some in his textbook. Also, the student planned to ask his teacher to review them with him as well."
"The student needed to finish up homework over graphing and writing equations in slope intercept form. He seemed to be struggling with figuring out the x and y intercepts and using those points to graph the line. However, he did a nice job rearranging equations into slope-intercept form. He just needs to be careful not to lose a sign. After he finished up this homework, I gave him problems to practice that involved writing equations in slope intercept form from given information. He did really well with this especially with the problems with parallel and perpendicular lines."
"Student A and I went over problems involving ratios. Student B and I went over problems involving finding the solutions to quadratic equations. By the end of the session, both of them were able to solve the problems correctly."
"The student and I spent our time reviewing her homework for the weekend especially by focusing on factoring, being the opposite of distributing, going from the basics of Greatest Common Factors to the more complicated ideas of binomial factoring, and the basics of quadratic equations."
"We reviewed polynomials, factoring, and roots for the student's upcoming test. He did very well on the study guide and other materials we reviewed. I suggested he slow down and make sure he watched his signs throughout his work and check that his answer matched exactly what the question asked for. If he can do those things, I think he'll do great on the test."
"The student and I went through his notes for different formats of function and how we can use them in real life. I explained how he has to do them and use the calculator to find the regression line equation and use that equation to answer the questions. He understood how to solve them and interpret the answer. We also worked on the graph interpretations. He is doing good."