Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is still working on quadratic equations for his school math class. He did homework problems using the quadratic formula to find the roots. We reviewed graphing the functions and using the discriminant to identify how many times the parabola touches the x-axis, if at all. Then he worked problems on completing the square."
"The student and I reviewed how to find pH and pOH, both from hydrogen ion concentration and hydroxide ion concentration. We also discussed the relationship between pH and pOH and between hydrogen ion and hydroxide ion concentrations, and went over how to determine the amount of strong base or strong acid needed for neutralization reactions. We finished up by reviewing buffered solutions and going through her practice problems related to the material."
"We went over more factoring and also how to add, multiply and divide fractions with algebraic expressions. This was all new information for him but he learned the concepts very quickly so I was proud him."
"We reviewed the graphing problems I gave him at the conclusion of our last session. He did very well on them. The last one proved to be a little tricky and I thought it provided a perfect segue for us to go into the next technique. As this last problem illustrated, the problem with the graphing method is that the graph may have inaccuracies or imperfection that make it hard to see what the answer is. In these cases it is better to use the substitution method to get a clearer perspective. I used the same problems assigned for graphing to practice substitution. This was so the student could see that both methods will yield the same answers when done correctly. We worked through several examples before I let him do some on his own. He seemed to get the basic idea. I assigned the same problem we did for graphing only this time he was to use the substitution method."
"The student and I reviewed her last assignment: a full length narrative. We read it, critiqued it, and then made notes for changes and improvements. We then moved on to math and worked on word problems involving fractions and complex problems."
"Today the student and I worked first on some quick French verb exercises, as well as a pronunciation exercise before we went back to reading Moliere. She is getting much better with understanding/translating the text. We are about half way through, so we should be finishing it soon."