Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on developing a better understanding of functions, their graphs, transformations, factoring quadratics, and solving problems with a graphing calculator. We went over the general steps on a calculator for how to find intercepts and specific points on a function. We also went over the steps for general factoring. After going over general steps and working on problems out of her book, she was going to go work on her homework and start studying for her upcoming exam. She informed me that she had done very well on her last exam."
"We went over the student's test. After that, I made up a mini review for her. She did integer word problems, solved 1 step equations, and solved inequalities."
"This was my first session with the student. We started out by working through some of her current homework problems on exponential growth and decay. She had a good understanding of the material. We also went over some of her old tests/quizzes. This mainly focused on simplifying equations involving square roots. I hope to practice this more with her in future sessions. For the remainder of the session we talked about how she studied for some of her courses, and I was able to give her a few ideas to help her review smaller sections over time (i.e. making flashcards as she goes rather than at the end of a unit)."
"The student has two tests this week, Chemistry and Algebra II. However, the primary focus of our session today was her Algebra II class because she was most worried about these concepts. During Thursday's session we covered sections 10.1-10.3, so we finished the chapter today by covering 10.4 and 10.5. Then we did a review of the entire chapter to practice the topics that will be on the test. The student did very well applying the concepts from this chapter. She will need extra practice graphing absolute value and piecewise functions because we just started working on them today. We did practice problems together until she understood how to graph each, however, practice will ensure that she will do well on the test. As for the chemistry test that she has coming up, she was more confident in this subject, due to our session on Thursday; she stated that she can practice the problems on her own. With how well she did on Thursday when we first covered the topics from Chemistry, I'm sure that she is right."
"Today's primary goal was to help the student study for her test. Her test is over volume and surface area of cubes, rectangular prisms, and pyramids. She has been doing very well on her geometry related work, as evidenced by her having all of her review problems done correctly up until the point I arrived. However, she needed help with the last few review problems due to their complex multi-part nature and some unfamiliar material. We used this as a good opportunity to practice her skills of writing out equations and using them to solve problems. We worked on this for most of the session, and she and her mother planned to practice more pyramids after I left for the day. As I have said, she really understands geometry."
"The student was assigned more problems from the same section as the week prior, continuing her exploration of inequalities. The problems were a bit more complex and required slightly more advanced applications of algebra (e.g., introduction of parenthetical quantities and the most efficient way to solve them). She has no trouble solving inequalities or graphing them on a number line. The most helpful task we were able to accomplish was deciphering the similarities and differences of two problems that had identical numbers, operations and variables, but one an equation and the other an inequality (e.g. 2x + 4 = 6 vs. 2x + 4 > 6). She had to determine not only how our methods for solving these two statements were very similar, but also how very different the solution sets were for both. Using a number line graph to illustrate the difference in their solution sets is a very useful practice, and I encouraged her to use that method if presented a problem of this nature in the future."