Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is targeting algebra concepts she has the most trouble with to study in preparation for the GED Math test. Today we worked mostly on some basic terminology, factoring binomials, radicals, slope-intercept, graphing coordinates, some algebra, average, some formulae, and review operations rules. The student 'gets' exponents, has strong math facts and a general good sense for the math, and we will keep working the areas challenging to her."
"The student is trying to relearn arithmetic and algebra in order to pass a test in January. We reviewed fractions (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing), order of operation, PEMDAS, real numbers, and irrational numbers."
"The student is working on an interdisciplinary project combining art and math, so she had no homework to do during this session. Instead, we went ahead to preview her new unit on solving word problems by forming appropriate algebraic equations, unit conversions, and a sprinkling of geometry. We didn't get through all the sections in Chapter 3, but will continue this next time and delve deeper into introductory geometry."
"The student is working on graphing inequalities. Yesterday we worked on single inequalities and how to graph them. He was a little confused at first about which area to shade but learned quickly. Once we were done with that, we began to work on systems of inequalities, where you graph more than one line and shade the area where the lines share. He picked this up very quickly for someone who's never seen it before! Our hope is that his teacher will do that lesson next and he will already be prepared for it."
"The student is working on linear systems and finding solutions to them. She understands the basic concepts well, and worked on remembering some of the newer rules for manipulating equations, like adding fractions with variables in them and cross multiplying. We will continue to work on these, and on being mindful."
"The student missed a day of class, so we spent the majority of our time going over slope and the slope equation since that was the lesson he missed. I also gave him test-taking tips when it came to finding the definition of words using context clues. At first, he was struggling to understand the math. I presented my lesson to him by first defining the equation and showing him examples. Then I had him work through dozens of practice problems. Toward the end of our session, he understood the material and made few mistakes. His only concern is to watch out for negative signs and the order of the ordered pair. He quickly grew more confident in his ability to do and understand the math."