Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student thought he did well on a test today on factoring quadratics. He also shared with his teacher what I taught him about so-called "bottoms up" factoring. His teacher was impressed. Since he had no homework, I covered what I thought would be next in his algebra class; solving quadratics by using the quadratic formula and by completing the square."
"Today we covered factoring polynomials using GCF and the "slip and slide" method she learned in class. She had a positive attitude and did very well today. The most difficult concept was factoring polynomials where we had to use both methods, but she still did pretty well. We went over strategies for knowing when integer signs would be the same or different, as well as ways to double check our answers. She will have a quiz on Thursday, so we will be reviewing factoring polynomials during our next session. I believe she has a strong understanding of factoring polynomials based on today's session and our previous two sessions."
"A set of review problems covering Chapter 12 and some of Chapter 11 was assigned for homework. The concepts covered included exponents and roots. Specifically, finding the square roots of polynomials is a concept with which the student needs more practice. This assignment contained a multitude of problems, as with a test."
"We had an early session for this week to review for his exam this Wednesday. We covered polynomial factoring including cubic equations, simplifying rational expressions and solving inequalities. These tutoring sessions are very important to support and encourage the student."
"We covered exponential growth and decay concepts. I reviewed each aspect of the variable and how the equation is impacted by the wording. We conducted practice problems that explored changes in time variable and rates. I also introduced some aspects of compound interest to display true mastery of concepts. The student quickly caught on to the concepts and gained confidence in word problems and equation manipulation."
"The student and I reviewed a test he recently took, discussed the areas that needed some work and revisited the necessary topics. We also began discussing methods other than FOILing - mainly the "area model" used for expanding binomials and trinomials. We also briefly revisited exponential, quadratic and linear equations."