Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I introduced the student to the multiplication of polynomials. I showed him the FOIL method, and worked a few different examples so he could see what to do. I also showed him how to identify and multiply difference-of-two-square polynomials, which he was quick to understand. I had him work a few key problems out of his textbook."
"The student and I spent the entire session working on graphing polynomials. We discussed which information from the equation would determine the vertical/ horizontal vertex shift. I showed her the basic format the equation should be in and identified which parts would determine the shift. Once I had gone through a few practice problems she was able to complete them on her own. I went on to show her which parts of the equation can change the direction and the slope of the parabola, and had her try to factor equations so that they were in standard form. She had questions about what the end goal of factoring polynomials is. I would like to continue to work with her on factoring since this skill will be applied to later topics. Next session I will be giving her a quick quiz covering the unit she is about to take a test on."
"We started this session by reviewing questions from her homework last week. She had five questions that were difficult for her to complete on her own. We worked on sections 66 and 67 from her text for the remainder of this session. We covered simplifying large radicals. She did very well in these sections."
"I printed off a proficiency test from a past year and the student and I worked through it problem by problem. We got through most of the 60 problems in the hour and a half, and I am printing off another one to go through on Friday after we finish the first one. She knows how to do the problems, but the wording of some of them throws her off. I plan on working with her more on figuring out what the problems are asking, and I think she'll be ready in time for her Math exam."
"We discussed factoring monomials and greatest common factor based on a worksheet and homework from the book. We quickly reviewed the student's subjects for next class time. In the future, I will focus on her ability to work through each step, making sure she looks at all details of her questions to ensure she achieves the correct answer."
"I specifically covered the student's homework with her. It was primarily on factoring and simplifying polynomials, the "difference between two things after a given amount of time" problems, and average of new data versus old data. She is a quick learner, and I am eager to go over the remaining homework with her on Saturday."
"The student was studying for a quiz that she has tomorrow. She was unclear at first and then stated she felt better about the material. I provided her some parabola screen shots to assist her in understanding the key elements of them."
"We worked on graphing linear equations and quadratic equations by setting up tables of points. We found the maximum and minimum of the graph. Like always, the student has a great positive attitude towards the material we covered. She wants to learn and practice old and new concepts."
"Today's session went amazing. The student hardly made any errors, and she really has a strong grasp of the concepts of radicals and exponents. It seems as though she's been really paying attention in class or doing her homework very diligently, because I hardly had to explain anything to her at all! We went through the study guide and all the steps involved in multiplying monomials and simplifying radicals, and then, I gave her some practice problems to do. I encouraged her to check her work tomorrow on the test and mentioned some common mistakes that students make with these problems. Again, she did an awesome job today, and I have no doubt she'll ace the test!"
"Reviewed adding and multiplying polynomials for quiz on Friday. Saw improvement over last session. Went over homework on factoring. She did really well. Tried to break down each question into steps that can be followed."
"Worked with the student on adding and subtracting polynomials, finding the degree, and simplifying. Did some review of physics problems as well. Next session is Tuesday."
"We worked on factoring polynomials with a leading coefficient greater than one using the Box Method. We worked on some problems that the teacher assigned, then I assigned two that increased the difficulty. They also involved the step of finding a greatest common factor. He understood the steps and material."