Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We met earlier in the morning today which turned out to be pretty good for the student's focus. He seemed ready to go right from the beginning. Today we focused on Chapter 2 practice using incomplete homework problems from class. I was really nailing down this main point for Chapter 2: the TWO main angle relationships when it comes to parallel lines and traversals is that angles have to be either EQUAL or SUPPLEMENTARY (add to 180). Using these two results, you can solve any problem or equation. I've been showing him all the same kinds of problems for 2 weeks now, so he knows what to expect. After, however, many times I've explained it, he knows which conjecture to use 80% of the time. I hope the gaps can be filled as we keep up the practice. Again, he does get better each day so as he puts in the effort, results will come. We both feel pretty confident going into this school week."
"We organize his planner every day and make sure he's up to date on any homework and missing assignments. We studied for his science quiz and completed a math worksheet. I made a study guide for his science quiz."
"We practiced several problems involving completing the square. Although this process is not used often as a practical way of solving equations, it is good way to practice several important algebraic techniques of which it is comprised. Later, I showed how the famous "quadratic formula" can be derived by completing the square, and how it can be used to identify the vertex of a parabola. This pretty much covers quadratics. Next time, we might discuss higher-order polynomials such as cubic and quadratic functions. The student says he's very interested in trying the online Algebra 2 course, but doesn't feel quite ready yet."
"We practiced solving systems of equations (simultaneous equations) using 1. substitution 2. elimination and 3. graphing. We also solved systems of inequalities and word problems. Finally, we solved linear programming optimization problems."
"We practiced with story problem that he skipped on the quiz and worked on significant figures review. We also covered fractions, including changing mixed numbers to improper fractions, finding a common denominator, adding, subtracting and multiplying fractions, simplifying fractions, and changing improper fractions to mixed numbers. "
"We primarily focused on understanding slope-intercept and standard form for equations. We covered problems where we were given the slope and a point on the line, and were asked to find the equation. Similarly, we were tasked with taking equations with parenthetical segments and fractions and simplifying them to the most basic form. The student was very eager to learn and worked hard to understand the material."