Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student did most of her final review packet. She had questions on a few problems, which we went over. She also needed help with her homework on maximization. She was having trouble with pivoting, but as we worked through the problems she was doing much better with it."
"Today, we reviewed for the student's Algebra midterm tomorrow. She seems to have a good grasp of most material. We reviewed the concepts she had difficulty with at first (e.g., graphing absolute value and parabola functions), and then she showed improvement. She assured me she was taking notes on the note card she can use during her exam. I advised her to use any extra time she has during the exam to check her work (and gave her tips as to how to do this) to reduce minor mistakes."
"Today in algebra we discussed systems of equations. The student completed his homework and got 100% on it. He has 98% for his homework grade. I am so proud of him. We also worked on balancing equations in science. We watched a video and took notes from the video. He has improved tremendously since tutoring began."
"We covered more difficult examples of factoring quadratic equations and discussed how to determine the zeros of an equation from the results. Then, we visually inspected 2nd and 3rd degree polynomial graphs on problems from previous assessment exams to identify the zeros and select the correct corresponding polynomials from a list. After that, we moved on to discussing how to calculate solutions of quadratic equations that require using a square root, and we worked on a couple of more examples on the exams that were relevant to that discussion. The student worked very hard tonight and did very well!"
"We went over polynomial operations and simplifications. The student made minor mistakes such as positive and negative symbols or dividing the grouping symbols (a+1)/a. My suggestions were to circle every question and assign a variable, use a table to organize ideas and information and operations, and answer each question in a complete sentence."
"In our first session, we covered working with inequalities, understanding how different inequality symbols work, and how to visualize their ranges in a graph. This included understanding inequalities as a mathematical expression, as a word problem, and working backwards from a graph. The student showed immediate improvement with a direct explanation followed by practice problems of increasing difficulty. I started to introduce tricks to remember the rules of working with equation simplification and inequalities (multiplying by negatives, the distributive property, remembering inequality signs, etc.) to break down bigger problems. For our next session, I would like to prepare additional material for practice because the material he is able to bring home from school seems limited."