Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed polynomial functions; we went through his math textbook. We started by defining polynomial functions and identifying polynomial functions as opposed to equations. We then identified polynomials, degree, and leading coefficient. We also went through the end behavior charts in his book. I strongly recommended that he copy these charts in his notes and review them until he was familiar with the content. He seemed to do better as we went through the material, and he will also take the time to practice it on his own."
"We reviewed section 3.1 homework from the student's class. This covered shifts and reflections of f(x)=x^2. Working through the homework seems to be the best strategy to prepare for the exams. The student has a wonderful attitude and wants to learn the material."
"The student and I worked on algebra 2 today. We spent most of the time working on logarithms, and how they relate to concepts like negative and fractional exponents. I also introduced him to the possibility of unusual-looking decimals in logarithm problems, and showed him how to solve them by finding the equivalent fraction as an exponent. We also briefly reviewed graphing exponential equations and made plans to meet again on Sunday, as he has a midterm next Wednesday."
"During this session the student and I covered areas and circumferences of full circles, semicircles, quarter circles, and three-quarter circles. We also covered areas of composite figures, reviewing the basics of areas of triangles, trapezoids, and parallelograms. She understood everything and got all the practice problems right. I left her with a sheet of paper that has all the formulas she needs to know."
"The student had a lot of math homework and did a great job with all of it! She had some trouble with multiplying vs. adding fractions at first. We tried a new strategy where I gave a lot of assistance at first (basically showing her how to do the problem), and then faded out my assistance until she was able to do the problems on her own. By the end she was doing the problems all on her own!"
"The student started on the practice tests for her seventh grade standardized tests. We will meet twice a week for the next 4 weeks in order to prepare for the test. To study on her own, I recommend that she redo problems from the packet (she can cover up our answers and work them out again on her own)."