Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we finished working with exponential and logarithmic functions, and started on some of the trigonometry material. The exponential and logarithmic material is going well, and the student should do more than fine on his upcoming test. Starting off on the trig material is always tricky for students when they work with it at this level of depth for the first time, but I don't anticipate any major issues."
"Covered percents, their relation to fractions, expression in decimal form. Typical problems involving percents (interest, discounts, commission, etc.) and how to solve them. Worked with a calculator and how to use it for solving these types of problems. Student wasn't struggling with anything specifically, but was benefiting from guidance on solving problems. I will send the family some example problems to do before our next session."
"The student and I continued today by examining counting methods--including the fundamental counting principle, combinations, and permutations--and binomial expansion--including Pascal's Triangle and the Binomial Theorem. The student seemed to pick up the counting methods right away, but the Binomial Theorem wore her down a little. I have given her some practice problems for over the weekend."
"Today the student and I finished chapter 9 (factoring polynomials). The last two sections of the chapter were actually a bit easier than the previous section of complicated polynomials, and we went through the material pretty quickly. The student is still having a little bit of trouble seeing patterns (such as the difference of squares, and she continues to add 1 to coefficients unnecessarily), so repetition and practice will be key. Her homework is to take the chapter 9 test. Next, we move on to chapter 10, the first half of which is graphing (and she is really looking forward to it -- ha!) and she will need graph paper."
"The student and I went over old homework/chapter tests from chapters 2-4. We additionally started to cover polynomials, learning how to multiply two polynomials and how to factor polynomials. We also went over some tricks for factoring (i.e. difference of squares). He did extremely well learning the new material very quickly. I left him with some practice problems and he will email them to me to correct."
"We went over sample questions the student had from a chapter that he is currently working on. He would show me one that he didn't understand and I would talk him through it and show him how to calculate the answer."
"Today we went over the state assessment English and Algebra. The English focused on conjunctions, commas, capitalization, and subject-verb agreement. The Algebra focused on linear extrapolation and use of function notation."
"Today, the student and I reviewed for her midterm, which is a proctored exam. We reviewed inequalities, word problems, algebra problems, order of operations, and exponents. She seemed to understand the order of operations, and the word problems, but I suggested that she review basic algebra-solving techniques (isolating the x-variable); and inequalities (dividing by a negative and flipping the signs). I left her with a couple of problems to review and we will meet next week."
"*Reviewed homework assignment where he was to determine if the sentences were correct and if not, correct them *Reviewed sentence structure *Introduced use of semicolons, commas and transition words *Practiced writing sentences with commas, semicolons and transition words *Practiced sounding out and spelling words *Reviewed rounding decimals to nearest tenth *Introduced converting fractions to ratios; coordinates to a line graph; and determining ratios *Practiced speed addition/subtraction/multiplication/division aloud"
"The student and I talked in detail about matter and energy. We talked about elements and compounds and what happens during physical and chemical changes. For math, we talked about integers and how they are used in real life. The student and I talked about what matter is made of and discussed the difference between elements and compounds. In math, we corrected improper fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals and how to compare and convert them."
"For this session, I brought some worksheets that covered how to combine like terms, name polynomials, and factor. Most of the information the student remembered from her previous class. She was a little rusty on factoring but after doing a couple of problems, she had little difficulty. She could use a little more practice just to become faster and more proficient and has some extra problems with answers that I left behind."
"We covered more functions and transformations, as well as logarithms and power functions. To start, we went over the problems I left him with yesterday, and not only did he do very well on those, but he was able to put those methods to use in the material we covered today. Overall, there were no real obstacles or problems during the session, as he absorbed the material pretty seamlessly. I left him with extra problems and will be sending him more over the holiday weekend."