Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has an upcoming test about graphing equations and properties of graphs including slope, intercepts, domain, and range. We went through her homework and a review packet for her class. Although the session began with me simply observing how she approached problems, I ended up clarifying some misconceptions as well as reviewing things she forgot. I made a reference chart comparing x and y in terms of vertical and horizontal lines, coordinates, and domain & range. I reiterated throughout the session that domain is the set of all possible x values while range is the set of all possible y values. We also took a bit of time at the end to discuss parallel versus perpendicular lines in terms of slope."
"In this session we went over scatter plots and best fit lines. We looked for a trend line to the data and found the equation of the line. We also extrapolated points beyond the graph. She forgot some of the algebra fundamentals so we finished the session by making up problems that involved finding the slope and intercept using points and graphs. She will benefit from remembering these concepts."
"The student and I worked on his homework for that evening, which was solving systems of equations with substitution. There were no concerns, and after about three quarters of the homework, he decided that he was comfortable enough with the material to finish the rest as extra progress. One particular challenge was recognizing equations of the form x = 5 as vertical lines, and that no slope exists for such a line."
"The student received a B on her last exam, and is pleased with this grade. Today she primarily had questions on homework problems that were difficult for her, which focused on piecewise function word problems. I attempted to get her to think through these problems by asking her questions, which was pretty effective. Despite this, she still has difficulties setting up problems sometimes. This will be a focus area for us. Additional questions were asked about composite functions. Overall, she seems to be understanding the material a bit better than before."
"The student and I went through a recent physics quiz to fix errors with a few problems that she missed. We then tackled her algebra assignment. She has come a long way with her rate*time=distance problems. So much so that she is excited to work them. :)"
"The student and I worked on two homework assignments she had that covered factoring polynomials using the distributive property, grouping and factoring binomials. We also talked about the zero product property and how that pertains to solving factored binomials. Finally, we worked a couple word problems that involved finding the area of rectangles using polynomials."
"The student has a new 'outcome' on probability. We worked through the homework together, and then we worked through the worksheets together. She was having a little bit of trouble with permutations, so I wrote her several more simple problems to work through."
"Continuing our work from last week, the student worked on two online tests. He understood most of the material pretty well; though he did have trouble understanding two more complicated questions. Both of these questions, A = Pert problems, were multi-step problems that he nailed once he got through a couple of them."
"The student has a standardized test for a high school admission coming up on Friday, so she wanted to get in a few sessions to go over the stuff that is going to be tested. Yesterday we had an algebra lesson to refresh her memory on some of the basics and go over the more complicated things that she should know. We started with what she has learned thoroughly so far - integers, graphing, using exponents and radicals, simple algebraic equations - and then continued with the more complicated stuff. That included more complex algebra including polynomials, some quadratics, and linear graphs. I left her with practice to do from her review books. We will continue later today with some review in English."
"The student and I covered her algebra work and got her a few days ahead of her class in terms of homework. She is doing very well with simplifying radicals and only struggles slightly with word problems at this point. She seems to be gaining confidence in math as we move ahead, and needs less and less guidance lately."
"We worked through the homework I had left for the student together. These problems were combing quadratics and fractions and seemed like a sticky point. This will be on the placement test, so I added it to the "revisit before test" list. I left homework for the next section of the placement test practice."
"In the last session with the student, we covered some basic exercises regarding manipulations of numerical signs that she had issues with. One of the strategies that I am thinking of including in the sessions is to perform a minor refresher at the beginning of each session to make sure that she can integrate those concepts long term."