Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued working on rational functions. We did a little more with finding a least common multiple of a polynomial or algebraic expression and built on this by solving rational equations. The student did pretty well over all. Once she was reminded of the correct procedure, she did well completing the problems. She has been good with factoring. She may just need a little more practice with LCMs and adding rational expressions to get really comfortable with it."
"Went over a worksheet on graphing inequalities and began emphasizing using just the slope and y-intercept to graph. From there began a review of material for an upcoming assessment test, algebra test, and quiz. Continued to emphasize direction underlining and writing the exact equation asked for by the directions. Went through what she had started in regards to her final review in algebra and corrected the few mistakes seen, having her redo the problem. Outlined things for Mom that will be areas of emphasis to work on before the final."
"I helped the student revise for her Algebra exam the following day. We went over indexes, scientific notation, decay and growth function. She demonstrated that she understands the material."
"During this session, we began reviewing for her Algebra midterm, which is next Thursday. We started working through her review guide that she got in school. She understood all the concepts. I told her to continue working on the review guide before next time and to come up with specific questions to talk about for next week."
"The student and I worked on a new topic graphing based on x-intercept and y-intercept. We started by pulling concepts from earlier in the year to turn equations into the format of an equation of a line (y=mx+b) and then solved for the x and y intercept. We then drew the line on a graph. By the end of the session she felt confident that she could do the problems on her own."
"The student was comfortable with the material that was assigned for homework. After we reviewed the homework we reviewed two of his old tests to see where the errors occurred. He had questions about the relationships between two parallel and perpendicular lines. For his upcoming quiz he needed to find if the points given where on a linear line and proportional. He was able to determine if the lines were linear or not. In addition to having him work on examples, I asked him to explain how you solve the problem."
"We worked on a set of problems which involved solving a system of equations using the elimination method. The student excels at the problems which only involve transforming one of the two equations, but we still need to work on problems which involve transforming both of the equations."
"We met today instead of during our normal time because the student has a test tomorrow on Module 7. We had already done the module 7 review worksheet, so we went through all of the homework and classwork from the module and did some practice problems. We spent part of the time going over addition, subtraction, and scalar multiplication of vectors and then we spent the rest of the time working on matrix problems. She is really good at solving systems of equations."
"We went over two sets of homework, the first being one she didn't fully understand about scatter plots and trend lines. Once we established that trend lines follow a linear pattern, she knew how to find the equation of it. The second homework expanded on trend lines, and went into quadratic and exponential functions where a regression had to be done on the calculator. We then went over the rate problem again, and I had her do the one she was assigned based on the one we had gone over. I also instructed her to do the other rate problem that she was confused about."
"The student and I continued to work on her take home test. We solved high order polynomials via synthetic division, calculated polynomials when given the roots, and wrote on sequences and series. We discussed parabolas, quadratics, and ellipses. We were able to answer the vast majority of questions on the exam."
"We were able to clarify some questions the student had about how to write an equation for a line based on points given and how you can identify if the line is proportional or not. By the end he was getting it every time and could explain why his answer was right."
"The student did very well on solving systems of equations with the elimination method. He just needs to be mindful of positive and negative signs. We also did a quick review of the other two methods of solving systems to help him prepare for his test on Friday."