Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we went over chapter 6 (factorization) and solved several factorization problems using difference of squares, trinomial squares as well as factorization by grouping. We revisited the commonly used identities and reviewed and examined test questions that she did not do, not finish or had a wrong answer to. The student showed amazing improvement. She was paying close attention and was calm and collaborative the entire 2 hours. I am very proud of this girl. What an amazing and joyful student! Keep it up."
"The two students both learned about writing the correct comparison symbol (greater than/less than, etc.) given a decimal and a fraction. They also learned to identify the value of a decimal given a point on a number line, and conversely given a decimal value identifying its location on a number line. They both also reviewed adding and subtracting decimals. I gave them practice problems for all of these."
"The student and I went through practice problems on factoring and solving for the variable using linear equations. She showed significant improvement from beginning to end of the session. She was able to solve complex factoring problems that were previously difficult. We plan to meet again on Thursday to continue our review for the final."
"The student and I worked on an evaluation which covered topics on periodic functions, arc lengths, sine and cosine functions, and the unit circle. She works well on her assignments and picks up concepts easily. No concerns."
"The student and I covered finding rational zeros, long division and synthetic division of polynomials. Her class also involves watching videos for homework as place of taking class notes, so we watched a video and then worked on homework problems involving those topics we just watched. No concerns with this session."
"In this session we covered a variety of problems that involved the adding, subtracting, multiplication and division of algebraic expressions that involved variables with exponents. The student was mainly struggling with remembering the rules that apply to the latter problems. After reviewing them, he was able to solve every problem with very little problem. My main recommendation for him was to practice and memorize the rules and keep them in mind, for some problems look difficult because they are "bulky," however, the rules remain the same."
"Today we covered graphing inequalities and solving a set of algebraic equations with two variables and two equations. The student did absolutely amazing with the algebra equations and graphing. She picked the concepts up quickly and was very easy to teach. She also caught me on my own mistakes at certain points, showing a very good grasp of the concepts behind the algebra."
"Finished test review and covered the following concepts: exponents, logarithms, simplification of terms, exponent algebra. Student was positive and learned eagerly and quickly. Student showed great progress with simplification of terms and logarithms."
"Reviewed concepts for the exam in April. Began study packet and focused on ranking fractions in order from smallest to largest. This was a subject covered at the beginning of the sessions, and student had some difficulty recalling information from these prior lessons. I believe some extra time reviewing fractions will help jog his memory. The next test topic will cover ranking decimals, then the student will be asked to rank fractions and decimals in order from smallest to largest, and vice versa."
"The student had a math test and a science test this week. We spent the majority of the time reviewing for math including solving linear equations. She did very well on every section of review . At the end we went over her science review. She knew most of the material and only need minimal help on the other areas."
"We spent this meeting working on the concept of numerical bases. The student occasionally struggled with the process of converting numbers from base ten to base x (and vice versa), but I believe that she developed a strong grasp of the maneuvers by the end of the session. She was eager to get through the homework assignment that accompanied this concept. As far as problem solving strategies are concerned, we continued to practice the technique of using division remainders to convert numbers from base ten into some other base. I also re-iterated the inverse of this (going from some other base to base ten). For extra practice, I recommended trying the rest of the homework problems solo."
"The student's math class is similar to a sophomore level algebra II class. He needed help with some basic concepts, like simplifying rational expressions. He already knew, and told me, that his issue tends to be going too fast and making rush mistakes. By slowing him down, I could immediately see considerable improvement."