Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"As predicted, the student began learning about transformations in the coordinate plane this week in algebra. Having already introduced him to the topic and given him significant practice, he was feeling pretty confident. First, I gave him a sheet of transformation types to identify while I checked his homework. There was minimal difficulty with his homework, but with a little clarification, he got everything correct. He also correctly identified all of the transformation types (rotations, reflections, and translations). The only topic left to study for before his end of course test at the end of April was "connecting algebra and geometry through coordinates." After some explanation, we completed sample problems together. These included the following: proving lines are parallel; proving lines are perpendicular; determining equations for an intersecting perpendicular line; measuring distance of a line segment; determining perimeter and area of 2-D geometric shapes using the distance formula derived from the Pythagorean Theorem; negative reciprocals; and partitioning line segments into specific ratios. As this last unit of his study will not be covered in class until after his spring break, I decided not to give him additional practice for these topics. However, I did leave him with a previously released end of course test to complete for our next meeting on April 15. At that time, we will go over the test and practice what we studied today."
"The student had a biology test the previous week, so we worked on his algebra exam review. After he completed a few problems without hesitation, he remarked that he had a quiz on the same problems that he wanted to go over. We finished going over about half the packet, and I let him know he is welcome to email me with any additional questions."
"Yesterday, the student and I reviewed his new Spanish vocabulary. We made flashcards and we went through them three times. By the end of the session, it seemed like he knew the majority of the vocabulary words and I encouraged him to review them at least twice a day until his test. He and I then reviewed his math homework. We worked a little bit on combinations and then we worked on probability. We did at least one problem from each example of probability and we did some extra problems from within the assignment. He is expected to do his homework based on the review we covered."
"The student continues to show retention from our previous sessions. He has difficulty with memorizing the equations, but by the end of our session he is able to recall all equations and when to use them. We continue to cover inequalities and the rules behind solving for variables."
"The student received a 91% on her last algebra test! Today, she had homework on rate of change and slope. The assignment asked her to find slopes given graphs and a table. She is great at immediately being able to simplify her answers once she arrives at a solution. When she was asked to explain the meaning of the graphs, she showed great skills at identifying the different parts of a graph with specific emphasis on rate of change. Once she learns a skill, she is quickly able to move through any of her problems with relative ease. She has a unit test in her science class on chemical equations and formulas as well as conservation of mass. We did a review of balancing equations before the end of the session, and she had no trouble with this topic."
"As a first session, we went over a couple of things that the student has done in the class already. Those topics included statistics and one/two step equations. Then, I introduced equations and inequalities with absolute values, which he seemed to grasp very easily. I think he has a good base in math and can do very well in his class."