Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I went over the comparison between Linear and Exponential equations during this session to prepare my client for her test on Wednesday. She gave me a worksheet which she had gotten from school, and I used it as a guide in explaining the topic. I went in depth in explaining all the questions in the worksheet since they were all word problems. After answering all the questions in the worksheet, I asked my client to explain each one of them to me. She did a great job in explaining just as expected. I really liked how this session went, and I look forward to our next session."
"The student's class has started on simplifying X^3 and X^4 equations, so we went over the simplifying formula for X^3 equations and then worked through several practice problems. After working through a couple practice problems collaboratively, the student seemed to understand the concept and did well working on some practice problems on his own. For simplifying X^4 equations, I demonstrated the replacement m method, where x^2 is replaced with m, creating a simple quadratic formula and then converting it back. He seemed to understand this method over the explanation in the book, so we stuck with the replacement m method. The student seemed more confident with the material by the end of the session and I left some notes with some basic how to's for simplifying complex formulas."
"Monday's session was short, and covered only some problems she had on her starters. She had some questions about word problems where equations had to be set up, as well as a new concept that her teacher went over about direct and indirect variations, which were basically just about proportions and constants, which had to be solved for a set of points or a slope. We did a few practice problems and she was able to solve them on her own."
"The student and I reviewed her last test on which she scored an 82%. Next we worked on slope-intercept equations and even moved forward into her next lesson in preparation for her quiz this week."
"The focus of today was to find what parts of algebra the student needs to practice. We started with Algebra 1 and, for the most part, she did well. Moving on to Algebra 2 is where we started to see some issues. A few that came up were: fractions with variables in the denominator, simplifying roots, and advanced factoring. Not much time was spent practicing these problems since the nature of the session was diagnostic. I will be providing some extra work for the student to practice before our next session."
"For this lesson - we specifically covered his quiz and prepared for the upcoming exam on Thursday. Material covered dealt with rationalizing denominators, rational expressions, imaginary numbers, and finding particular values when given an equation."
"I wrote some practice problems for the student to diagnose where he is with factoring polynomials. We discovered that he makes too many sign errors to complete a problem with 100% accuracy. He practiced this and got better but he still does not complete it 100%. I've given him some practice problems. We will not be meeting next week due to the holidays but he will email me his answers so I can see his progress. We then covered a few general factoring problems using the difference of 2 squares and combining problems with imaginary solutions."
"The student and I covered some of her homework on probability. Specifically, using real data to calculate the experimental probability and then predict what would happen in future events. We also began to review adding and subtracting fractions, as her teacher said they are beginning that section soon in her class."
"Continued to review for both an chapter test and an algebra quiz. Went back over the three equations and emphasized the student verbally telling me what each set of instructions meant in terms of solving for which equation. Practiced each type of problem seen in her review packets and made sure she knew how to do them as well."
"We picked up where we left off with reviewing matrices. The student felt much more confident after our sessions and was able to do Cramer's Rule and other calculations by himself. In the end, we only needed to extensively reviewing the use of a matrix to map a computer network and accompanying operations on a graphing calculator."
"I wanted to continue working on reading and vocabulary, but his math assignment today was difficult so we worked on that. He had several problems focusing on area and perimeter. To try and make this clear, we actually cleared a space on the floor, cut out paper shapes, and moved them all around in an active lesson in order to illustrate how perimeter and area changes and is affected by shapes."
"We went over his homework which focused on substituting values in order to achieve a quadratic equation. The student was having some trouble understanding how to solve for x by completing the square. I left him with a homework to finish a completing the square problem and to explain it to me for our next session."