Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We practiced more application problems. He still is struggling with picking out what information is important and how to use it to form equations. The student is getting much better at recall of formulas and being able to walk through solving the equations with much less help. His better understanding of the algebra seems to be helping immensely with his geometry."
"We went through her exam review which was about quadratic equations and how we can find their roots. We solved about 15 questions and I explained how she can factor different kind of quadratic equations. She is doing good and she needs to practice a little more on factoring."
"We met to review practice problems for a test the student has on Monday. Our session covered the Pythagorean Theorem, solving radical expressions, and simplifying radical expressions. We also went over shortcuts to help solve and double check work, including common Pythagorean triples and transformations of radical expression graphs. She worked through her problems quickly and with very little difficulty, so I'm sure she'll do well on her test."
"On this day, the student and I focused on a project she had to complete for school. The project challenged her to construct an object, figure, etc. out of a variety of types of lines and curves (i.e. linear, quadratic, exponential, etc.). We selected our figure and got to work on constructing it. She did quite well and when I left she only had about 15% of the project to complete on her own. I will see her again next week."
"Placement test practice was the sole focus of today's session. We worked through the rest of the test topics - so now we've covered every topic at least once. We went back for some more fractions work, and I left some homework on that topic as well. Moving forward, we will have a few practice tests, and tune-up as necessary."
"The student has her state assessment coming up soon, so we spent today working through practice problems on solving systems of equations intended to prepare her for the test. We worked through solving by graphing, elimination, and substitution, as well as identifying and categorizing systems of equations. We finished by reviewing her most recent material from class, determining lines of best fit from data sets. I am very impressed by how much she's learned about graphing just in the couple of months I have been working with her."
"Today we did biology homework over evolution. We also talked a lot today about effective study methods. We also started reviewing for the English exam that's coming up in about a month."
"Today we continued to work on exponents, and we also spent quite some time checking through the homework I left with the student in our last session. We also began speaking extensively about radicals, and I left homework with the student on the topic. Looking forward to next session."
"Both Student 1 and Student 2 finished the quarter strong! Student 1 ended up with a 93, and Student 2 had an 89. Student 2 was very close to his goal; he made quite a bit of improvement since the last quarter. Due to testing, both boys have had a short class of instruction in math. Because of this, they both needed help multiplying/dividing and simplifying rational expressions. With Student 1, he needed help mostly with polynomial division, and simplifying opposite rational expressions. With Student 1, we need to work on completing the problems faster, to get him ready for the quiz. He understands the material, yet he lacks the speed to complete the work in a timely manner. However, the boys are both doing well, and this is a difficult subject. This topic will take practice, and the quiz will give us the opportunity to see where we need to put our focus."
"The student and I worked on wind and current, as well as puzzle problems during our session. I helped him understand how to set up these particular problems. After several problems, he was able to set them up, and solve them on his own. We also reviewed Chapter 8 in his Earth Science book to prepare for his upcoming quiz. He and I went through each review question, and I feel he has a great understanding of the material."
"Today the student and I started our session with slopes, and graphing with and without inequalities. He did very well and understood the differences in dotted lines. Then we moved on to exponents: multiplying and distributing. I gave him many sample questions, and he was able to give the correct answers."
"We went over his test that he just got back (and got an A on) to do problems he had made mistakes on. We spent the rest of the time going over more problems on factoring. He easily picked up on all the concepts covered, and was able to work through the problems correctly by himself!"