Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I worked on her homework and reviewed some of the material from class that she has some questions on. Much of the material was on finding horizontal and vertical asymptotes for various functions as well as being able to recognize what type of function would create a specific-looking graph. The biggest challenge was reviewing how to factor quadratics. After we went through a few examples, she was able to tackle these problems effectively."
"In this session, we began to work on solving multistep equations. Skills and strategies in this lesson included combination of like terms, adding or multiplying on both sides, and using the order of operations in reverse to 'unpack' our x term. The student struggled a bit with all parts of the new material but is picking it up quite well. Like terms and this reversed order of operations are the main areas of struggle. His attitude was fine. No extra practice was given this time. No scores or grades yet, but he reported that the test went well; the grade is expected in the near future. He is learning new material much faster now that the basics are in place, which is a serious win."
"In this session, we covered arithmetic sequence, common difference, and sequence. The student was initially unsure about the name of terms in an arithmetic sequence. However, with the aid of an initial review, he was able to solve for the common difference, as well as any term in an algebraic sequence. He was also able to generate an equation that represented the sequence, as well as identify an algebraic sequence from graphical plots."
"In this session, we covered solving equations by using either factoring or the quadratic equation. We also covered testing intervals when solving for inequalities. The student seemed to have a good overall understanding of the steps or process involved in solving questions, but he had trouble at times with calculating errors (dropping a negative sign or miscalculating a product, etc.). Strategies to help with this were to check each step over and simplify problems when possible."
"In today's session I worked with the student with a focus upon staying focused through the duration of a problem once the primary equation is found. He does very well with the overall concepts in the algebra problems that we worked on. We worked with binomial, polynomial, and rational equations in addition to synthesizing algebraic equations from written problems. I really emphasized taking each part of the problem one step at a time and really focusing on applying the proper simplification means (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, etc.) where appropriate. He seemed intrigued during the tutoring session, and I feel has learned valuable strategies to help him concentrate and move forward positively with the material presented in class."
"In today's session, the student did unit conversions and worked on a review sheet for Algebra. He understood the conversions after I explained how to set up the ratios so the units would cancel correctly. I showed him some strategies on how to remember the slopes of vertical and horizontal lines. He understood the concepts after I explained them to him. He was able to find his own errors."