Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started a review for the final exam. We covered sequences, both arithmetic and geometric, determining recursive and explicit formulas. We also covered parabolas, circles, and ellipses. I left a worksheet for the student to fill out on general formulas for geometric figures and definitions for sequences."
"We went through chapter 3 and chapter 4. We also reviewed solving equations, working with inequalities, and graphing."
"The student has a test on her last chapter, Matrixes. She says she knows how to do them well, so we practiced some problems. She has a good handle on it. We then practiced some more factoring and by the end of the session, she had improved and showed better understanding of how to factor. We will meet again on Monday to work on some more factoring before she retakes her quiz on factoring."
"The student is still working on equations for lines and how to graph them. Now he is graphing two lines to solve for two variables -- the solution is the point where the two lines cross. He was feeling really comfortable with this, so we spent a little bit of time on his nemesis: fractions. He still struggles to recognize when a fraction can be reduced and with converting whole numbers to fractions and vice versa. If we ever have extra time at the end of sessions, I plan to give a couple of fractions problems."
"The student and I began this session by working through his homework assignment on factoring a difference of squares. In order to help the student understand this idea, I turned to a previous section that used a formula to cut out the FOIL method for multiplying a sum and a difference. The method of factoring we learned was essentially the reverse of this process. At first, the student had a bit of difficulty in applying the new formula, but after just a few practice problems, he was able to apply the method correctly for the rest of the assignment. We finished the homework in about an hour, and we began our review of the previous three sections in preparation for his quiz on Wednesday. I began with a quick overview of the four methods of factoring he had learned so far, then we did a few practice problems of each method to jog his memory. In our next meeting, I plan to assign some worksheets that will mix and match these strategies so that he is prepared to handle a variety of problems."
"The student and I worked on sections 58, 59, and 60. She seemed to have minor issues with section 58, on percentage word problems. She was fine when we began working on percentage problems a few sections ago, however, the issue was in deciphering what the question was asking and the given information. We worked on a few extra practice problems until she saw the errors. The other two sections she had no trouble with and she's going to do the even problems from section 60 for homework."