Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started the session doing the day's worth of math homework and we concluded the session doing all his remaining homework problems from the last few homework assignments. He is doing very well!"
"We reviewed the student's study guide for his upcoming test on Probability. I also brought along practice problems with fractions, decimals and mixed numbers for him to practice with. We spent time reviewing properties and he practiced with examples to match to each property. He also had some practice with solving one step equations, which also included operations with positive and negative integers."
"We worked on a worksheet covering a couple of different types of discontinuity problems. Went over how to find vertical and horizontal asymptotes, holes in a function, and x-intercepts. She made some progress. I left her with some nice detailed notes on the process of solving the problems."
"The student and I went over how to factor polynomials greater than expressions with a power greater than 2. He had a test on Wednesday and we reviewed his entire worksheet. He seemed to be very strong in this material."
"The student seems to be doing well and feeling confident about math this year. She did not have any problems with homework or classwork in the last week. She easily completed her homework on long multiplication, and was able to reasonably estimate if her answers made sense using rounding techniques."
"Yesterday, the student and I continued to review expanded notation for different numbers. We also worked on solving a puzzle where all of the rows added up to a certain sum and all of the columns added up to a certain sum."
"She had missed a couple classes. I spent the session explaining matrices, additive/subtractive properties, and the scalar multiplication properties of matrices. I also explained how to find the determinant of 2x2, 3x3, and 4x4 systems. I explained the purpose of the matrix and determinant. We went over some of her homework problems. She did not struggle with anything other than the point of learning all of this. She did not need any extra practice."
"In this session, we covered how to use the first derivative of a function to find its critical points. We also covered how to use a function's second derivative to find its point of inflection. We finally covered how to use this information to sketch the graph of the function."
"We reviewed for the student's upcoming algebra test by going over a practice test. At first, she was unclear about why it is important to convert an equation of a line into slope-intercept form--and even what that term means--but she came to understand and work with this notation well by the end of the session. I instructed her to review the test again with the answer key, as well as to use her textbook to read over concepts that seemed unfamiliar."
"The student and I first worked on her geometry assignments, which covered proofs. We practiced several proofs with algebra problems. Once she understood these, we did proofs with geometry problems. We spent the rest of the session studying for her history exam. I quizzed her on the terms she needed to have memorized, which she did well on."
"We worked to prepare for the student's quiz on Friday, covering chapters 4.5-4.5. Specifically, we studied multiplying polynomials. We also discussed test taking strategies and ways to deal with test anxiety. The student does understand the material, and just needs to focus on practicing the FOIL method so that she can do it quickly for tests. I gave her a few "stretch" problems for multiplying polynomials, and things to remember for the quiz on Friday."
"This is the student's first year in the accelerated math program, and he is having some initial trouble grasping concepts of algebra and geometry fundamentals, so that will be our focus in the beginning. During this session, we took a look at his previous worksheets that his teacher had him work on to get a general understanding of where he is at and what he is comfortable with. He had homework that he wad working on, so we worked on that together and I was able to show him how to work through the problems and the thought process behind it. This was a good first session, and I believe he mainly needs practice with doing these problems. I asked the family if they had access to other worksheets that I could practice with him, and will also see if I can find additional material online."