Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student. We began the session by talking about her educational background. My takeaway from the introduction was that we may need to focus on previous concepts that were not completely developed before. We began with writing equations of lines in slope-intercept form. She started to become more comfortable with different slopes as we went through the problems on her worksheet. I related the slopes to fractions: a fraction much larger than one will have a steep slope, while a fraction less than one will have a gradual slope. Then we moved to write equations in point-slope form. She demonstrated she is able to go back and forth between the two forms, which is excellent practice. Finally, we moved on to problems with the calculator. We graphed a data set and used the calculator to solve for an extrapolated coordinate, which we were able to verify with our solution we got by hand. By the end of the session, she was more confident with writing and solving linear equations."
"We went over the methods to solve for two equations. The student did very well on all of them. The student struggled in the beginning with the multiplication method but got it in the end."
"The student and I began her final exam review this evening. We agreed we'd start with the oldest material. Overall we plan to focus on Chapters 2 - 4. Tonight's focus was linear and absolute value equations, graphing, determining points of intersection, x-intercepts, and relative minimum/maximum. Some of the problem selected reiterated some minor but important points for the exam - sign changes, finding the LCD when adding/subtracting fractions, and interval notation for domain and range."
"We discussed algebra 2 honors material in preparation for his semester exam next week. I cleared up some confusion about relations and functions, inverse functions, parent graphs and transformations. We corrected some mistakes on a previous test. He mentioned he was at a 91% for both stats and algebra 2 honors. He is going to let me know if he needs extra practice with matrix operations and linear programming before our next session Tuesday."
"The student and I worked specifically on word problems. She had to build inequalities from the word problems and then solve for the ordered pairs. She did a pretty good job of building the equations but seemed to struggle with solving using substitution."
"We went through the student's review packet for her final. We focused mostly on synthetic division and identifying coefficients even when they involve new variables. She needs to remember that synthetic division is an option, and remember to distribute important negative signs."