Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, I helped the student prepare for an upcoming test over exponents. I used questions out of his textbook to help him practice the different rules used in solving or simplifying exponent equations. We also went over the relationship between division and the subtraction of exponents. Once I explained to him how it was similar to multiplication and the addition of exponents, I had him work a number of problems which he was able to get consistently correct. He was also comfortable with how to use scientific notation. I had him work a few more afterwards."
"In this session, the student and I worked on a homework assignment directly out of his book that dealt with simplifying fractions with polynomials. This built directly upon our previous sessions that only dealt with factoring polynomials, but it seems that he had forgotten a few things since we last worked on algebra. At first, we worked on sets of problems and compared each batch, but we decided to work collaboratively so that he could have some guidance on each problem. Although he was able to factor our greatest common factors, he had trouble identifying common patterns such as perfect squares of the product of a sum and difference. After we completed the assignment, I went through an exercise with him to understand these patterns as well as how to apply them to problems. After the exercise, it seemed that it helped jog his memory, but I assigned him to study the formulas in order to more easily recall and apply them in the future."
"The student and I went through his exam review. It was 11 questions related to finding the equation of a function by different methods like factoring, graphs, division and rational zeros. We also covered the behavior of the graph and function. He understood how he has to answer the questions and he was able to do most of them by himself. He is doing great."
"During this session, English homework covering 4 separate poems were reviewed and discussed. Proper critical reading and thinking strategies were discussed to better able the student to interpret the main theme of each poem."
"This session we covered mixed polynomials. We covered all the rules using a worksheet that the student brought from school. We covered about half of the worksheet. I was proud to see her bring a 92 from her Algebra exam she took last week!"
"The student and I reviewed several topics from previous sessions. In particular, we focused on solving inequalities with one or two variables, solving inequalities with absolute value bars, and solving systems of equations with graphing, substitution, and elimination. Overall, he seemed to do pretty well and retained how to do problems related to these topics. We also touched a little bit on factoring algebraic expressions and how to factor with grouping."
"The student is doing well on her class. Now we need to reinforce some concepts as she goes over some of the harder problems in the applied sciences. The student has put in great effort and is doing a good job."
"The student and I spent the entire afternoon finishing her homework for the evening, including a quiz (which she received a perfect score on) and focus on Factoring. She has fully mastered the FOIL method for factoring trinomial equations and understands how to find zero points with them."
"We reviewed the students study guide for her upcoming exam. This included solving inequalities, graphing inequalities, solving problems with absolute value, and word problems using these concepts. She was able to understand and come to the correct answers. We are meeting again tonight so we can practice more before her exam."
"In our first session, the student and I worked on better understanding the unit circle and piecewise functions. I gave her some tips on how to become more familiar with the angles of the unit circle and how to memorize them. She has an upcoming quiz on piecewise functions and I am confident that she will do great. It was a great first session and I am looking forward to seeing great results."
"We focused on solving equations with variables on both sides. We went over the concept of doing the opposite operation, in order to transfer terms to the other side. We also worked on plugging in our answer in order to check that the solution was valid."
"I started with explaining the basics of how to find a slope of a line. She should be able to find slopes of line once you give her two points. The student was listening and very enthusiastic to learn. I am going to email some practice questions for her."