Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met and worked through some review worksheets. He is doing well, and I expect to see him continue to do well."
"I had made up a review sheet using the Algebra books, and emailed it to the student in advance to work on. We worked through the different areas on that, as well as going through a comprehensive review sheet her teacher had given them for the Pre-comp exams that she has the week of the 16th. She mentioned to me a few areas she felt like she struggled with the most: shapes, regions, and factoring, so I walked her through several of those problems. Overall, it was a very good session. I wanted to try and cover a lot of topics so when we meet again I have a better idea of what to focus on."
"This was my first session with this student. We discussed the placement exam, which she is preparing to take to get into private high school. To prepare for the exam, we discussed challenging areas and focused on those sections in her review book. We began by discussing charts, graphs, and problems with tabular data. Since calculators are not permitted on the exam, I emphasized to the student to try to see relationships in numbers, especially when doing percentages or fractions. For example, identifying numbers that are half or double of another part within the whole will help her to see the relationship of one portion to another. When presented with a graph or chart, I advised her to first visually scan the data for important information like outliers or averages. Next, we moved to order of operations. She struggled a bit with order of operations when it came to multiplication and division. I emphasized that these can be thought of as inverse operations, and should be treated as one step, working from left to right. The same is applied to addition and subtraction; these operations are performed in the order they appear from left to right. She wanted extra practice on this concept so I created some problems for her on the spot. I have prepared a worksheet with further problems for more detailed study which we will go through next time. After order of operations, we moved on to geometric concepts, including perimeter, area, and volume of basic polygons, and identifying different types of triangles. We went through examples in the book and solved some of these geometric problems together. After the session, I suggested to the student to memorize the perimeter, area, and volume equations for various geometries. After repeated practice from memory, these equations will become more intuitive and second nature."
"We reviewed the second semester study guide packet for his final exam for 2nd semester provided by his school teacher. It covered the following topics: factor polynomials, add/subtract/multiply polynomials, name each polynomials by degree and number of terms, solve each system by elimination/substitution/graph, solve multi-step equations, evaluate functions, sketch the graph of each linear inequality and inequalities in one variable, and word problems involving percentages."
"We began reviewing for her final in addition to going over her last test. She got her first B on a test after our tutoring to show things are going well. I believe she can do well if she works hard."
"The student and I completed a review packet for a test he has this Friday. In the review packet we covered graphs and tables of functions, word problems, solving equations in terms of x, and solving for variables. He was slow when starting problems, but as we broke each question down and simplified it, he was able to understand and make progress independently."