Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I continued to review natural logarithms and to work on the POD covering ln and e functions, graphing ln/e functions, graphing ln/e functions with transformations (vertical and horizontal) and reflections of ln/e functions."
"Together, we completed her homework assignment that covered variations of y=x^2. I encouraged her to go over extra problems, especially those that used completing the square since she seemed a little rusty on that topic. Overall, she had a great session today. She is consistently prepared and has great questions. She is a pleasure to work with."
"He has a test tomorrow, so we did problems from several of his worksheets in his folder for the class. We worked on solving systems of equations and systems of inequalities some, but mostly worked on linear programming, a type of problem that incorporates a lot of different skills to get the answer. He did well with all of the problems, should be in good shape for his test!"
"During this session, we covered graphing and identifying equations for piece-wise functions. The student seems to have a good grasp on this information. We also continued to cover solving systems of equations. He does not have a 100% understanding of this yet, however, his teacher has not begun covering it in class."
"We covered function compositions, especially in the form of word problems (which he had some trouble with, despite being very good at working with plain equations), and I gave him a brief introduction to inversions and graph transformations so that he will not be surprised when these come up in his lessons. I walked him through one or two word problems and tried to point out how to think about the words before forming functions, but he still had some trouble. I encouraged him to finish the rest of the packet and read any necessary material from the textbook."
"The student and I worked on solving for the roots of a quadratic function. We did problems together on factoring, completing the square, and using the quadratic equation. She is very comfortable using the quadratic equation, it is her go to choice for solving. This will always get her the correct answer. We worked a little on strategies for solving. Factoring is quick if you see it right away. She still isn't comfortable with completing the square, although I think she is starting to understand it. Thursday we will practice more. She has a test next Tuesday."
"The student didn't have any homework or studying for upcoming tests because he had a test on Monday, so we read ahead and started working on his next unit. We began discussing the basic definitions and functions of derivations. We did some basic practice problems for this unit and will begin on the homework next session."
"The student took a physics test on free fall today which she feels very good about. She is also working on domain and range in algebra 2. She feels good about that too! We worked on both concepts (free fall and domain/range) and she seemed very good with that material."
"We worked on solving quadratic inequalities and touched on curve fitting. The student is not sure if the latest material will be on the exam so I opted to stick to practicing existing material. I suggested to do a few Quadratic Formula with complex numbers problems too. She still looked less than confident at the end of the session, but I assured her she is more competent than she thinks. She is capable of doing the work and practice brings confidence."
"The student and I focused on her math homework for tonight. We first discussed her newer material on fractions, which she seems to understand very well. We practiced each concept that would be on her new exam, and each went well. When reviewing for her retake exam on integers, we had some of the same issues we have been having. Some concepts, like double negative signs, go fine if and only if she really focuses. We discussed trying to stay focused during the exam itself. I feel the student is well prepared."
"Yesterday, was our first meeting. We covered a lot of ground because it seems as though the student is behind, through no fault of his own with his math comprehension. We did a lot of diagnostic tests and questions and I have come up with a preliminary game plan on how to get the student back on track but he is a great student and very bright and I think that if we focus on arithmetic skills and principles he will progress rapidly."
"Solving systems of equations (Substitution, Elimination, Graphing Methods). Test is on Thursday. The student had problems with systems of equations. I emailed her a couple of extra practice worksheets."