Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student mentioned last session that she didn't understand the relationship between parabolas and quadratic equations, so for the first half of this session I graphed sample parabolas for her and showed how the use of constants changed the position and shape of the parabola produced by the quadratic and how the standard, factored, and vertex forms of the quadratic equation were interrelated. Then, we worked on sample ACT math problems for the rest of session, as she will be taking that test this Saturday."
"We covered some of the same topics as yesterday: solving quadratic formula, cross multiplication, and rate of change. We covered new topics: graphing functions, system of equations, finding the value algebraically as well as graphically. The student's attitude was mostly positive toward the material. He struggled with some of the algebra."
"Tonight, the student and I worked through the last 30 science problems in the assessment exam practice test. She did a great job using her testing strategies of eliminating incorrect or improbable answers and activating her prior knowledge. She continues to increase her confidence and is more successful academically as a result!"
"Today, the student and I covered different methods of integrating. These included partial fraction decomposition, u-substitution, completing the square, and integration using the natural log function and the inverse tangent function. We had done a couple of examples yesterday using partial fraction decomposition with repeated factors in the denominator. Today, we got to do examples using partial fraction decomposition with quadratic factors in the denominator and distinct linear factors in the denominator. As with yesterday's examples, I made sure to write out each step clearly so that he could see each problem worked out step-by-step and ask questions if needed. He mentioned that the process was starting to become more familiar to him. We were able to finish all of his homework problems tonight that are due tomorrow. We set up another session for this Sunday to work on test corrections from his most recent test."
"We worked on simplifying rational expressions. The problems require factoring expressions first and then simplifying them. We reviewed factoring trinomials. The student gained confidence with most problems. after enough practice. She still needs to work on more challenging problems and writing all steps up."
"The student is learning how to graph line equations and inequalities. He has a good grasp of the process. He has a test coming up on Monday, and should do well."