Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through his review for chapter 6. It was about piecewise functions, their graph, properties and values. I explained to him how he has to solve the questions and use the calculator to find the equations. We solved some word problems as well. He understood them and he is doing great."
"The student and I practiced Systems of equations today, first continuing our practice from Sunday, after discussing that they can be visualized as two lines on an X-Y Plane. After a bit of that, we spent the remainder of our time practicing word problems on the same subject, spending time practicing translating the words of the problem into equations which he knows how to solve. This will take more practice but he is making progress."
"In this session, we went through a math assignment that was due in school today. We went through it to cover the new and challenging concepts that were in the assignment. We covered surface area and volumes of somewhat more complex 3D figures. I left her a sheet of formulas, concepts, and tips. We focused more on the analytical side, rather than the number side, of the problems. I left her pictures of 3D shapes with color coded surfaces along with formulae, so she can better visualize where the formula comes from."
"The student and I covered her current classroom material which involved solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula. We went over several examples. She didn't seem to have much trouble following along. However, she did seem to have trouble with her calculations. She frequently gave the wrong answer for some multiplications and addition or subtraction involving negatives. I gave her a brief lesson on adding and subtracting with negative numbers. Then I recommended that she practice her multiplication tables. I gave her a link to a website that generates 1-minute multiplication drills, and recommended that she try one every day. We ended the session going over analyzing the graphs of quadratic functions to find: roots, max/min/vertex, factors, and determine the polynomial of the graph."
"The student worked rational functions quite competently. He was more patient and methodical in his problem-solving and fell victim to some algebra pitfalls far less often than last session. He mentioned that on a recent test, he lost the most points on calculator problems, which we have yet to really do. Hopefully, we'll get a little more practice with graphing next week, which is what the student said awaits us in the near future."
"We covered more of the Pythagorean theorem and graphing of word problems. The student knows the material well, and has a great attitude toward learning the materials. We covered any problems that he had difficulties with by going over similar examples. I showed him another way of looking at parallelograms. He said that he had gotten an A for last semester in his math class!! Excellent job!!"