Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on sections 83 and 84 today. Section 83 covered determining the number of coins from a total amount of money. This requires you to make a set of equations yourself and she was hesitating a little. Practice here helped. The second section covered two topics, the first she picked up quickly because it was multiplying radicals. The second part she did pretty well on, it covered the book's example of the function machine. I found this example useful and I think it helped seeing the overall picture of functions."
"In this session, our second session, we covered the quadratic formula, completing the square, and end-behavior of functions. These were things that she wanted to make sure that she fully understood, and also were new topics that she had assigned for homework. Even though she had just learned the quadratic formula a day or so before, she already had it easily memorized and well under her thumb. She wasn't sure at first exactly how to show the answers, whether it be in decimal or rational form, but I showed her how to represent both, and she understood well. She was equally adept at completing the square."
"Today the student was encouraged and guided to utilize more efficient organizational skills. This will save time when looking for specific work to review, as the school year approaches the end. He's been working with exponents in class. We reviewed problems worked in class, identifying errors in some answers. He is proficient in this concept, so far; he just needs to slow down and take his time to minimize mistakes. He and I played Tic-Tac-Toe today with a variety of problems covering concepts from his exam. His enthusiasm and focus was a delight! He has a fun competitive spirit which I hope to further utilize in my teaching techniques. One concept he needs more practice on is that of clearing equations of fractions."
"We reviewed sections 8.1 through 8.3 practicing review problems similar to what was on the student's quiz review from class. We went through factoring polynomials heavily as it was where she was having the most issue. Then we made a tip sheet for review and emphasized reviewing laws of exponents as they are what is used for polynomials. I made a few practice problems for tomorrow before her quiz."
"We looked at the pupil's algebra homework covering systems and the domain and range of functions. In his humanities class, he is working on assignments involving Hinduism, current events, and the physical features of Asia. In English, he is to work on a Samurai quiz, poetry, the Socratic seminar, Samurai's garden notes and a political cartoon. I ended the session with ideas on how to set up his binders in order to teach organizational skills."
"This student is a pleasure to teach. Today we solely went over different types of factoring questions whether it is factoring prime numbers or primary numbers into (a+b)(c+d) format or even x(a+b)(c+d) format, x being the coefficient. Though she had slight difficulty at first, she caught on very quickly. She then went over half of the practice problems her teacher had assigned prior to the quiz (just practice not an assignment). I let her know if she wanted to e-mail me the rest of her answers I can easily look them over for her as well."