Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, we focused on how to solve two step equations for an unknown variable. The student had a multiple choice worksheet to work from, and we went through each of the problems. We also discussed how to look over the possible solutions and be able to immediately discount some of them. For example, if the equation is -204=3(8x-4), the answer will not be "no solution" or "0," so those two possible answers can be immediately disregarded as incorrect. This can help speed him up on exams so that he has more time to work through some of the tougher problems."
"We went over the review online to prepare the student for his test on Monday. I advised him to use the problems in the book to review the material he was less confident of and gave him a list of problems. This will give him a better idea of what the actual test will be like."
"We covered order of operations, proportion problems, percents, evaluation of expressions with variables, and problems involving units of rate. The student has a good intuitive feel for the overall question; he can also estimate well."
"We covered rates of change, finite differences, and regressions. The student had missed some school so he had to learn the topic from scratch. We created a few note sheets that explained what we do step by step to solve the problems given to us. I instructed him to look up in his textbook and take notes on the forms of linear, quadratic, cubic, quartic, exponential, and logarithmic graphs. I also instructed him to finish the note packet to the best of his ability and then to bring it to his teacher at extra help to check it over with him. I also gave him a few questions to ask his teacher regarding which calculator functions he should be using."
"Concepts covered (Statistics): qualitative vs. quantitative, histogram plots, inferential statistics, population and sample means, median and mode, stem plots, unimodal vs. multimodal histogram plots, and skewness of plots. The student covered the material expected to be on his in-class quiz."
"The student and I covered his lesson notes on elements of quadratic equations, solving and graphing them. He had confusion when it came to translations for parabolas as a function of 'y,' but with practice, he got it. I showed him quicker ways to find the vertex and how he could quickly sketch a graph from that information."