Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued our study of rational functions and roots, specifically n-th roots. We reviewed fractions as exponents and variable isolation. I left him with the notes from today's session. He is making great progress and I have no concerns from this session."
"The student's big exam for the quarter was the following day, so we spent the session working through a review packet. He had learned a new topic in his last class (using the quadratic formula), so we went through many problems that used this new concept until he was able to do them correctly without any hints or assistance from me. Overall he had a great understanding for how to use FOIL and how to factor but struggled when putting these concepts together with graphing, so we went through problems that dealt with these concepts as well. The rest of the review packet wasn't too challenging for him, so we mainly focused on the aforementioned topics. He planned on doing a few more practice problems in study hall so that he would be "warmed up" before his exam."
"The student was struggling with equation-solving last session so that was the first thing we went over. She figured it out quickly this session. We than went over how equations correlated to lines on a graph and converting slope intercept equations into standard form. I discussed finding the slope of the equation and y-intercept. Overall, the session was very successful. Once she began to understand solving equations all the other concepts went by quickly."
"The student and I reviewed for Part II of his exam for the next day. We practiced factoring polynomials using his review sheet; we specifically covered quadratic equations and how to factor using distribution and simplifying. We also reviewed how to add and subtract polynomials using exponent rules. For the problems the student had more difficulty with, he was able to walk us through step by step how to obtain the solution for each problem. I reminded him to attend to any minor mistakes while working on his test the next day and to review the problems to make sure his positive/negative signs are correct and that he followed the correct exponent rules (i.e., by writing those on his test as soon as he received it)."
" The student's math teacher sent home another practice test with 20 assorted concept-based problems. We talked through all of them, creating a study guide with steps and concepts broken down. I saw he wasn't quite confident with finding the equation of a line, so we also did a relevant lesson for which I have created a PowerPoint presentation. We also spent awhile working with equations and inequalities, especially those with fractions or decimals."
"The student received an 86% on his math test! We then focused on chemistry. We worked on pressure conversions and using Boyle's law and Charles' law to solve for volume and temperature respectively. He was able to answer the problems involving Boyle's law accurately, but struggled a bit on determining that the question involved the use of Charles' law. After we discussed his mistake, he was able to answer the rest of the questions independently."