Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we focused on factoring. We began with a review sheet on finding the greatest common factor. The student seemed to have this down pat. We then worked on factoring quadratic equations and trinomials. He has improved greatly on factoring. We also briefly discussed the quadratic formula and its uses when an equation is not factorable."
"The student had a worksheet of the type of problems that would be covered including determining the domain and range of a radical function, simplifying radicals, adding, distributing, multiplying radicals. She is weak in some of the basic concepts concerning radicals and so we went over these concepts."
"We went over chapter 11 in the student's pre-algebra textbook. We mostly reviewed permutations and combinations, which he finds to be the toughest parts of chapter 11. While he struggled at first, his positive attitude and perseverance paid off, and in the end he understood the material much better! He just needs a confidence boost with math--he knows it better than he thinks! For his test, he should practice permutations and combinations and make sure he shows his work clearly so as not to get mixed up and forget a step. He felt much better about the material after our session, and I'm sure he'll do great on the test!"
"The student and I worked some more on mean, median, mode, and type of things. She was learning leaf and stem, box plots (boxes with whiskers), and quartiles, and was getting the hang of it. I had a chance to talk to her dad, who said she is getting better grades, so that is nice feedback!"
"Today the student did the homework for the divide and conquer algorithm and recurrence relations. After that we started on generating functions. We will finish that section next session."
"Tonight the student and I spent our time adding and subtracting rational expressions. We talked about finding the LCM and LCD between fractions and how to get them to have the same denominator. Then we had to calculate the new numerators. Many times this included factoring polynomials or foiling fractions. This part was a review for her; however, since she hadn't done them in a while, we talked about the process to refresh her memory. I reminded her several times about changing the sign properly when subtracting. This was a challenging section of math, not because it was difficult, but because it is a long process with many possibilities for errors to occur. I stressed several times that we can arrive at the correct answer when we go slow enough to catch our errors. I think she learned a lot tonight and will do fine on her own."