Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I reviewed past chapters on exponential growth and decay functions. We also worked on solving inequalities and piece-wise functions, multiplying and dividing using exponents, naming of polynomials (how many terms and highest exponent), word problems involving polynomials, and factoring and graphing. The student has a final coming up, so this was a mash-up session of all previous chapters."
"The first session with the student went well. She completed her Algebra homework which covered basic statistics. Next, we reviewed concepts of evolution for her upcoming exam in Biology (2-21-2014). As a follow-up, I created a small review game which will help her study for her exam. I feel that she is very knowledgeable in both Algebra and Biology."
"The student got a 87% on his latest quiz! He finished his homework that was due on Wednesday, and finished over half of his homework for Friday, while also pushing ahead into next weeks session."
"We did a little multiplication and division of exponents for review, and then started a new chapter on polynomials. She did a good job with factoring, and I showed her how to simplify expressions using the distributive rule. We also went over the proper form of a polynomial and a little terminology."
"We reviewed his practice problems from last time - he did much better. I left practice problems up through Chapter 7, and we agreed that he would show checking his work to guarantee correct answers. I'm excited to see how well he does tomorrow."
"Still more of the test prep questions covered in the workbook. Today was more word problems and geometry which the student initially expressed concern about. Being a very bright student he had no problem with the formulae for the figures both two and three dimensional."
"We covered chapter 5. Topics included linear functions, graphing linear functions, rate change, finding the slope graphically and from data points. We also reviewed slope of parallel and perpendicular slopes among other topics. Tried to cover as much as possible to prepare the student for the test the next day."
"The student has a math test on Monday and wanted some help preparing for it. Her test covers solving single variable equations. We went through every section in the chapter and through the problems until she got the hang of each concept. Next time, we will either go over new material, or her test if she has it back by then."
"The student and I reviewed mixture problems that we had begun to focus on last week. We covered exponential properties. He had seen the material before and was quick to remember how to solve these types of problems. He mentioned that last year he struggled with slope. At the end of our session, we went over methods for finding slope and equations of a line."
"During the session with the student, we covered the first chapter of her online coursework. We practiced some questions involving the use of exponentials. After practicing the questions, she completed her homework independently and did very well. I am confident she will be progressing well as we complete the rest of the chapters."
"This session with the student was spent covering linear inequalities. We discussed how to simplify and graph linear inequalities and also how greater than or equal to and less than or equal to are different than greater than or less than. We reviewed a quiz he had recently taken and addressed a few issues he was having with the "____ than or equal to" functions. Afterwards we worked many different examples and completed one of his homework assignments. He had a much better understanding of the concepts after the session was finished."
"The student really does seem to have a good grasp on the material he is covering in class right now. This is good to see. The algebra for calculating standard form of a linear equation is improving dramatically. Tonight we spent significant time analyzing a negative slope. The idea that a negative slope means that the rise/run paradigm means that only one of each rise or run will be negative can be hard to understand. but we took an analytic look at the algebra and graphical analysis and I think I observed a real AHA moment for him. His accuracy on a practice sheet was very good."