Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We started with graphing lines and circles, finding where lines intersect, completing the square. he is only a couple weeks into the school year, so there are no grades yet. The student is not having any conceptual problems. He just needs confidence that he is not behind, having just moved here. He is capable and seems perfectly willing to learn the material."
"We went over stretches/compressions of parabolas, parent functions, modifying parent functions, and her homework- graphing pairwise functions. She understands the concepts, but needs more practice in order to answer problems more smoothly. We also went over her Chemistry homework on significant figures. She understands the concept very well. She has an upcoming quiz on the topic, on which she should do very well."
"The student and I reviewed for his quiz tomorrow. The material covered will be graphing and solving inequalities and systems of inequalities. He has a good understanding of graphing linear inequalities on the coordinate plane and determining which half plane is to be shaded. He also had a good grasp of solving systems of inequalities that require intersections. The most difficult concept was solving systems of inequalities that required unions. We discussed how to determine which part of the number line was shaded and how to convert this into interval notation, always beginning from the left of the number line and moving toward the right. He made a 96 on his last quiz."
"Teach -Problem-Solving Strategy: Make a table and use it to find the answer. Model using word problems, read and understand; plan and solve. The student completed a practice sheet with a 95% score in which she had to complete a table to solve the problem and to make a table and use it to find the answer. Student is showing great progress."
"The student showed me his test and we reviewed corrections. The test was on advanced algebraic methods of factoring polynomials. I have begun an approach with the student focusing on attention to precision because his conceptual understandings and ability to utilize problem solving methods is very good. Students in his class are able to work to regain points toward the test by solving other, similar problems. Since it was regarding a test, I reviewed original problem solving with him, and then let him solve the new problems with absolute minimal feedback. I caught 2 very simple, but significant misconceptions of the students, which I took time to reteach, and he ended up learning it well."
"We covered mixture problems and we covered word problem strategies. We used a lot of example problems covered in class and focused on setting them up. We also briefly covered rates and percentages. This was the first meeting so we don't have any benchmarks for progress, just getting the basics down. We discussed the student doing the extra practice problems for the test. We will likely be doing an extra session this weekend to prepare for the test. She has a good grasp of the conceptual part but struggles with translating the word problems into algebraic terms. I will make sure to focus on this during our future lessons."
"The student worked problems involving absolute value inequalities. She also worked linear equations involving the slope intercept form and also the standard form. She has shown good improvement and good understanding"
"Today, we worked on problems that dealt with writing equations of lines from given information like 2 points, parallel and perpendicular lines, and bisectors. For her homework, she was stuck on a few problems. After working together, she was able to get through the parts she was stuck. Her test last week did not yield the results we wanted. Looking through her test, there were a lot of tricky problems. If I can prepare her for these problems, she should start to do better on her tests."
"The student and I worked on our weekly math challenge problems involving spatial rearrangements of shapes using area. We also began working on simplifying algebraic expressions. He is doing well with this advanced math."
"Today the student and I went over his two main areas of concern, complex numbers and polynomial factoring. We looked over some worksheets and tests which he had previously been working on in class but somewhat struggling with. He was able to notice a lot of his mistakes, chalking them up to simple arithmetic errors or a lack of knowledge on the concepts which he now understood. The topics/problems he still didn't understand we reviewed together, and after a bit of explanation (primarily on cube roots, the number i to multiple powers, and other factoring techniques) he seemed to understand the material well. For next week I will find a few more practice problems for him to use for factoring practice, but he already seems to be on the right track. A very good session!"
"We covered absolute values, converting decimals and whole numbers into fractions, number lines, and where fractions and negative numbers fall on the number line. We also did a warm up review of what we covered yesterday. The student did well on the warm up, although continuing to review number placements (e.g. ones, tens, hundreds) will help him thrive in math class. He also has a great understanding about absolute values and fractions. Rounding and decimals is something we will continue to work on next week."
"We covered factoring and radical expressions with both students. We did several example problems from their textbooks. They did not appear to struggle and understood the explanations."