Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to work on polynomial functions. He said that he thought they were easy now. He needs to be careful when doing algebraic manipulations; he can do them, but needs to work slowly. He also needs to memorize the quadratic formula. We will continue to work on this. We also went through the characteristics of a polynomial. He will copy the definition into his notes and review it until he is familiar with it without looking, and I'll test him at our next session."
"We went over systems of equations and practiced solving them in different ways. We also went over some abstraction, which is like solving for something in the equation without numbers. I will make a worksheet with practice problems for systems of equations, composite functions, abstractions, and maybe some factoring too, just to solidify some confidence."
"Yesterday, the student and I worked on adding and subtracting to solve for variables. She maintained a positive attitude throughout the session. In terms of strategies or study skills, I let her know how to utilize PEMDAS and how to visualize problems in order to understand conceptually what is being asked."
"We discussed an activity modeling exponential growth and decay. We then reviewed properties of exponential functions and worked through examples of population growth and compound interest. HW is practice problems for 8.4-8.6 from the chapter review."
"Today, the student and I had a very good session. I can see that she is learning to be more careful with her problem-solving. Furthermore, she is developing specific skills. We reviewed adding and subtraction. We reviewed certain word problems centering on division and dividing. We also went over inequalities."
"I covered exponential growth and decay, logarithms, and compounded interest problems. The student was struggling a bit with logarithms and word problems, and I went over to make sure she understands it. She is smart and gets it quickly; she was very focused as well. She needs to prepare ahead of time for her coming test since she wasn't fully prepared for the last test."