Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's worksheet on finding square roots of both numbers and variables. Although his professor had allowed calculators, we also worked on methods to find the answers without the calculator, due to the fact that it is an integral skill for future math courses."
"We jumped on the homework first. Then some time management tasks (graduation speech writing has gotten a lot of time), we plotted out the rest of his evening. Then we completed his math homework."
"When I arrived, the student had only one problem left on his algebra homework over ratios. He finished this problem successfully and had me assist him with his physics homework going over forces, including conceptual questions over electrostatic forces. We discussed the nature of Newton's third law and delved into the topic of normal force for the student's understanding. Following this, we went over the reproductive system in his biology textbook. As he read, I looked over math work. We used the last bit of our time to go over the skipped work, after which I discussed with him the importance of being complete with ones work and how one should practice (do homework) as if they are taking a test so that they can be adequately prepared for the test. His dad told me that his highest grades are in history and biology and that he would like for me to focus on algebra and physics with him. As such, I will be reviewing conceptual and quantitative physics with him during our next session and have asked him to show all of his work in math problems so as not to make mistakes. We will follow up with this next Monday."
"We talked about binomials and polynomials today. We went over the concept of FOIL. We ended by going over some practice problems on how to divide an multiply polynomials. It was really a productive session. She asked a lot questions and really grasped the concepts quickly."
"We covered how to find the sum of finite arithmetic sequences, finite geometric sequences, and infinite geometric sequences. The student struggled the most with the infinite geometric sequences, but after a little practice, he was solving them on his own. We discussed the format of tests and quizzes his teacher gives, and some ways I can help him prepare for them. I am working on getting a copy of the textbook and state standards to help him prepare for the upcoming state tests."
"In today's session, we worked on a couple of topics: linear inequalities and some basic geometry. In linear inequalities, the topics we covered were graphing inequalities on a number line, word problems on inequalities involving one variable, and graphing linear inequalities. Topics covered in geometry include corresponding angles, interior and exterior alternate angles, their properties and how to identify them, right angle triangles, and the Pythagorean theorem. I have left the student with a couple of worksheets to work on as homework. Next week we plan on completing the chapter on geometry and also continue work on inequalities."