Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a test the following day in her algebra class, so we spent most of the session completing her review packet. The test was on finding the vertex, factored, and standard quadratic formulas of a function based on a set of data, graphing them, and being able to analyze the data. It helped to demonstrate a problem to her first so that she could follow that basic outline to complete the other problems. In terms of graphing the data, she had a good idea of the basic rules and only needed a refresher on how to find the x-intercepts. She was able to analyze the data very well, especially in the word problems. By the end of the session, she had a much better grasp of the material and felt more confident going into the test."
"The student has a test this week, so he wanted to use the time reviewing quadratic functions in word problems. I clarified several concepts: writing parabola equations from graphs and data points/vertices, distinguishing between the vertex and standard forms for quadratic equations, and transforming graphs from parent functions. I also modeled how to check quadratic equations written correctly in standard form by substituting in data points/coordinates of the vertex. We also discussed how to correctly label the axes of a graph with correct units. He mentioned that they have just covered these topics today and last week, so I encouraged him to carefully review his notes and the examples we worked together as he studies for his exam this week. He was very engaged and cooperative during the session."
"We reviewed all the big concepts regarding factoring. This included new material, sum of squares, and sum/difference of cubes. The student had a good attitude; she was the only one to get a 100% on her test last week! Reinforced new guess and check method from last time."
"The student and I worked on rational functions, simplifying rational expressions, solving rational equations, and test taking strategies. He did great with test taking strategies with respect to checking his answers. He was very diligent. He reviewed his test and identified why several solution methods he used were flawed. He also identified studying strategies to strengthen his test taking ability."
"Today we covered order of operations. We used the acronym PEMDAS to evaluate various expressions. The student was familiar with the concept, but occasionally skipped steps which led to him getting the wrong answer. We also covered mean, median, and mode. We did some word problems to apply the concepts to real world situations. He grasped these concepts very well."
"The student worked through her homework which consisted mainly of linear equation questions. She was very confident with the work and did most of it correctly. She was unsure about the notation for a series of questions. I showed her how to factor a quadratic equation and how to find the intersection point of two lines."