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Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I specifically covered the student's homework worksheet with her. She struggled with factoring, specifically whether one needs to be factored as (a+b)(c+d) as the answer or a(numerical values). As this is the preliminary step to realize how one would factor I made sure we did as much practice as possible and asked her to do it versus me walking through it to ensure that she understood this vital concept. We will continue to go over the homework tomorrow."
"In this session, we continued practicing what we learned in our previous session, specifically algebraic equations that require two steps to solve. After that, we went over all the different rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing negative numbers. That will be a necessary skill when we reach the more complicated math concepts the student needs to know for the GED. He should have no problem mastering the new material with practice; as always, I left him problems to hone these new skills."
"The student and I did another quick review of complex numbers and the combinatorics from last time, then we launched into some really interesting problems. We imagined a situation of 3 chairs and 3 hats that we could put on the chairs. 2 hats were black, and 1 white. We imagined how many ways we could "hat" the chairs. 6 was the answer for this problem, but we changed the number of chairs and hats and colors, and then reinvestigated the math. When there are more hats than chairs, and more than one hat of a certain color, the problem becomes ridiculously hard. I gave him one such problem and he is to try and figure it out for homework."
"We began a practice exam covering algebra subjects ranging from graph interpretation, simple linear equations, words problems to be converted to algebra expressions and simple geometry (area of shapes). She is doing much better than when we first started. With the goal of utilizing our time together on problems she finds difficult I told her to finish the practice exam, on top of what she already does, and we can go over any problems she's not comfortable with / doesn't understand during our next session."
"We went through her homework. It was about logs and their properties. I explained the concepts to her and I asked her to solve the questions. I also solved some examples before she started to work on her homework. She understood them and she is doing a good job."
"We covered some basic algebra, and went over problem solving strategies. It seems that she knows what she is doing, but does not trust herself, which I will work on with her. We will meet again on Monday to continue working on her chapters and expanding her math understanding."