Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the graphing and substitution methods of solving a system of equations in preparation for a quiz that the student has tomorrow in class. She has a solid understanding of these two methods. We also talked about test taking skills and time management during tests."
"The student completed units on radical expressions and statistics/ probability, prepared for chapter review and final exam."
"The student was able to efficiently pin-point her areas of weakness so that we can make the most of our tutoring sessions. I let her tell me about her past experiences in math. I had her take a PreAlgebra practice review test to diagnose where her strengths and weaknesses were. After she completed the test, we went over the problems together so that we could both get a feel of how we each work. She is a very solid student. Her point of weaknesses were order of operations, percentages, and applied percentage questions. She is very strong with numerical concepts, proportions, and data analysis. I took some time to explain to her the PEMDAS rules of order of operations and emailed her mother an order of operations worksheet for her to complete over the weekend for practice and review. We agreed that next session (Monday) will be used for percentages, taxes, interest rates, and percentage word problems. From there, we will get into coordinate graphing, slop intercept equation and graphing, and areas, perimeters, surface areas, and volumes. Overall the session was good. The student felt comfortable and expressed that she felt like it was a great session. We hope to make great progress over the next few days so that she can be more than prepared for the ninth grade."
"We covered the three ways to write linear and how to find the x-intercept and y-intercept points. The student needed help with slowing down and breaking down problems into smaller steps. We are working to trust that while writing out solutions step-by-step may take more time, it will increase the likelihood that he gets the question right. He was always positive, even when making mistakes. He got to a point where he was self-correcting which is a good skill to have, especially for in the classroom. I was also able to start convincing him that math will be easier on paper rather than in a calculator. As we get more information from class, it will help in aligning the tutoring sessions with what is being taught."
"We found the greatest common factors of numbers and variables. For same variables to a certain power, the variable with the lowest power was the greatest common factor. For numbers, we did the prime factorization and multiplied all the common factors to determine the greatest common factor. We factored polynomial expression using grouping and the greatest common factor. The student was eager to learn the material. I suggested that he practice finding the greatest common factor in order to increase his pace."
"We worked on function transformations and summation with sigma notation. The student struggled at first, but by the end of the session she definitely felt confident with the summations."