Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Student and I worked on his test review and homework for his advanced quantitative reasoning class. He had two homework assignments, and we spent the majority of the time working on probabilities. He had a problem set which required the use of a TVM calculator. The student quoted the formula to me from memory, so I am confident he will be able to complete the TVM section of his review."
"Today I talked the student through her chapter section on factoring polynomials. She was having a hard time with this concept because she wasn't understanding the terms (I think this is honestly an English language barrier issue). Once I was able to explain the basic concepts and methodology, she was able to work through the example problems. We worked through basic factoring by finding the greatest common factor (GCF) and then looked at other techniques, such as factoring by grouping. She seemed ok with the concepts but did express that she wasn't sure how she would do without me right there to oversee the work. I told her to work through the online homework problems and just keep practicing."
"I went over basic algebraic expressions again. The student has a slight difficulty grasping the concepts in solving an equation with variables. However, he picks it up very quickly once I do teach him the concept again. I tried to teach him different methods of solving an equation in various ways. I left homework to work on over the break, and I am curious to see how he does on it. He is making substantial progress."
"We worked on linear equations (slope, equation forms, graphing) and midpoint formula as well as defining/ determining a function and representing domain and range. The student did well with this material, having more difficulty with domain and range. We will continue to work on that."
"We mostly focused on logarithms: how to expand and condense logarithmic equations. We went through a printout of practice problems I provided. I showed her how to use various aspects of her graphing calculator to store numbers, and solve factorials quickly. She seems fairly confident about her test tomorrow."
"The topics we covered included measuring angles with a protractor; identifying angles along a line; determining if angles are acute, right, or obtuse; determining if triangles are acute/right/obtuse and equilateral/isosceles/scalene; and some word problems with decimals. I left some more protractor work for the student to work on, and we will review it more for next time. Repetition helped him remember equilateral/isosceles/scalene better and reviewing word problems we had solved previously helped him remember why certain problems require multiplication versus division. We went over several worksheets with the aforementioned topics, and he successfully passed each with flying colors. I hope to continue repetition and building confidence with him with our next session on Wednesday."