Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began reviewing exponential expressions. The student has to work on multiplying, dividing, compounding, and simplifying them in her Algebra class now. Multiplication just involves adding the exponents of like terms, and division just involves subtracting them. Negative exponents can be simplified by flipping the fraction (taking the reciprocal)."
"We began reviewing the student's online Math Models class today. The material consisted of word problems that required a solid understanding of basic algebra. He had not been exposed to any math for a few months, so he was a bit rusty on his fluency. Towards the end of the session, he began to get the hang of the problems and started catching on faster. This was a very productive first session. A good portion of Unit 1 was covered."
"We began today's session reviewing fractions, mixed numbers, integers, and percentages. The student struggled with moving decimal places when numbers are multiplied or divided by multiples of 10 (i.e. 10, 100, 1000, etc.) which was hindering her understanding of percentages. However, about halfway through the session she demonstrated competency, so we moved to order of operations. She quickly remembered order of operations from previous schooling and demonstrated competency quickly. Next, we began solving single-variable linear equations, and given her understanding of mathematical operations with integers, she was able to solve problems quickly and with accuracy. Tomorrow morning, we have another session where we will continue practicing single-variable linear equations and also begin learning multi-variable linear equations and possibly systems of equations."
"We began with a general review of factoring using the greatest common factor. The student improved once she was encouraged to write out the number of variables within each term to most easily see which was the greatest. We then transitioned into using these same skills to factor by grouping, where she improved with additional practice. We ended with a brief calculator lesson."
"We checked in on the last test, which showed a huge improvement from the other tests this semester. We started reviewing some of the practice problems for the exam; there are a lot, so the student should focus on problems she doesn't know how to do."
"We completed her homework assignment for piecewise functions. We went over setting up and solving word problems for piecewise functions, which she will cover in her next class. The material seemed a bit challenging for her because it involves a variety of steps, as well as being able to interpret and visualize the functions as graphs. We will practice the material more in the next session."