Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed the homework she was not able to access from last time. This was a assignment on polynomials: factoring, degree, GCF, LCM, and exponents. She had some trouble working with the exponents, specifically remembering when to add and when to multiply them. To have her find GCF and LCM of polynomials, I taught her the cake method. She enjoyed that greatly and said it made finding these much easier. We will likely use next week as a review session as she is supposed to have a midterm as her next assignment."
"Today, the student and I worked on section 5.6 which had to do with factoring trinomials and binomials. He was able to understand the first portion with x squared by itself fairly easily but struggled when x squared included a number like 3 or 25. Since these equations require a lot when taking things into account such as what signs go in the binomials and what numbers do you use, I taught him strategies to breakdown the numbers and determine which ones work. I also encouraged him to check his work by using FOIL. He reports an improvement in his grades bringing him up to 82%."
"The product and sum rule of counting possibilities was covered. Several examples were worked out. I also provided the student with extra work that he can do individually to gain a better understanding of the topics. He was very attentive and receptive and showed interest in learning the topics that were taught."
"We reviewed the student's homework which was focused on graph theory. The particular topics included were Eulerian/ Hamiltonian paths, trees, bipartite graphs, and graph colorings. He has a good grasp of the material itself, but is primarily struggling with converting his intuitive ideas about a problem into a formal statement in a proof. He also is having a bit of trouble with memorizing the glut of theorems his professor is providing. We spent a bit of time talking about future lessons, as well. We agreed to meet twice the coming week to help prepare for an upcoming midterm, and also spoke a bit about preparation for lessons to ensure they're as productive as possible."
"The student and I covered simplex algorithms. She felt very confident about the material. She used an altered Gauss-Jordan solution method to minimize/maximize a system of multivariable linear inequalities with respect to given expressions."
"Today was a final review for the student's first test since tutoring started. He completed some of his homework and a quiz and we went over conceptual types of problems, how to visualize, how to be procedural and to pay attention to how the test is asking for the answer. As he is doing much better with the actual material, these test taking skills were what we focused on with good progress. He seems to have a great grasp on the material and types of questions being asked for this test, although he seems to make a simple mistake due to his dyslexia in about 1 out of 10 questions. With good answer checking and good focus he can probably achieve a 95 on this test."