Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on algebraic functions. The student had some trouble differentiating between the two kinds of questions. So we broke them down into how to identify each problem, and how to proceed after we had identified each problem, by the end he had a good grasp of how to do each problem."
"We focused on knowing sets such as natural, integer, rational, and real. We also did multi-step equations and knowing when there is infinite solutions and no solutions as well as extraneous solutions."
"We focused on simplifying exponential equations and radicals. We focused on these sections for the student's quiz, which is tomorrow (Friday). In addition, we went through the five basic rules with exponents, and converting between variables with exponents to radicals and vice versa."
"We focused on the distributive property and collecting like terms in preparation for the student's exam on Thursday. We reviewed like terms, how to identify like-terms, and how to combine them by simply adding or subtracting coefficients."
"We had our second session which lasted 45 minutes. We went through the student's homework, which involved distributing and multiplying polynomials and factoring. He did really well and grasped the content. He also completed his homework involving multiplying two fractions consisting of polynomials in the numerator and denominator. Then we factored them, and reduced the polynomial. We also listed where the fractions were undefined. When he finished his homework, he asked for practice problems. So we completed quite a few practice problems, practicing reducing polynomials. He understood the material and was eager to learn."
"We had to change today's session plan which was to go over the student's recent test (his teacher did not return it to him yet), so we went over an example that involved linear relations. Specifically, we compared two hypothetical monthly plans for gym memberships to see when it would be more economical to choose the gym that had a higher registration fee but a lower monthly fee than the other gym. We analyzed the problem numerically (on paper) with a table consisting of the number of months and the total costs of the two memberships. We then used a calculator to create a scatter plot and compute points. Without any prompting, he found the month in which the two plans had the same accumulated cost. We then found equations of lines for the costs as a function of number of months. I showed him how to use the TI-84 to find the point of intersection graphically, and then how to solve the system of equations."