Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we spent the entire session reviewing the student's assigned homework for the evening. This involved graphing quadratic functions and solving inequalities. By the end of the session, she gained a good grasp of the steps required to solve a given problem without any assistance. She better understands the method of selecting points for graphing and how this selection affects the y-values obtained. Lastly, today's assignment stressed the fundamentals of graphing quadratic functions. In looking at the class worksheet for the next lesson, the concepts definitely build upon one another. It involves solving sets of both linear and quadratic inequalities. At first glance, it may appear difficult, so it's important that she understands the key concepts (detailed in her class notes) now to break down the problem for her upcoming test next Tuesday."
"The student did well in the chapter 8 test, but he had to spend some more time to understand vectors fully. We also went over his chapter 10 section 3 homework. Since we are meeting on Tuesday, he should review and complete chapter 9 sections as well as the end of chapter test for chapter 9."
"The student and I met for the first time today to work on geometry. Her class is covering distances between points and equations of circles. Other material in the current chapter includes the Pythagorean theorem and properties of special right triangles. We determined very quickly that she is comfortable with the Pythagorean theorem, so I used that knowledge to demonstrate the relationships of 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles. I then showed how these relationships can be useful by allowing us to compute side lengths using ratios. We finished our session by working through some word problems involving the Pythagorean theorem, and even had time for the student to cover much of her current homework assignment."
"The student has a quiz on functions tomorrow, so today we worked on her review packet. She had no problems with synthetic division, finding zeros of equations, finding solutions to equations by graphing, or interpreting graphs. She only needed help with identifying domain and range and factoring cubic equations in the form a^3-b^3. I told her to review those two topics some more tonight. Overall, she feels confident about the material, especially about what we went over on Tuesday."
"Today, we reviewed how to rationalize numbers (with radicals in the denominator) in preparation for the student's test. We also went over the properties of exponents and how to use those properties to simplify expressions."
"We covered algebra review by using practice questions for the student's upcoming exam. The focus of the session was on creating equations from information given in the problems then solving them step by step. We focused mostly on set notation, finding numbers that are in and out of a set, and analyzing equations with complex numbers."