Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The concepts we addressed were problem solving, graphing, and multiplication. The student's attitude was positive. He participated, and showed much more confidence. I provided him with critical thinking strategies when solving problems."
"The concepts we covered were monomial functions, functions with negative exponents, rational exponents, radical functions, solving radical equations, leading coefficients, graphing transformation of polynomial functions, leading term test for polynomial end behavior, zeros and turning points of polynomial functions, quadratic form, zeros of polynomial functions in quadratic form, repeated zeros of polynomial functions, polynomial division, the remainder theorem, factor theorem, rational zero theorem, and upper and lower bound tests."
"The concepts we covered/reviewed today were in preparation for the student's test. We reviewed factoring trinomials and polynomials by grouping, factoring quadratics, as well as word problems involving 2nd order equations, as well as interest, percentage, growth rates, etc. The student has definitely made progress in their algebra skills over the past few weeks. As always, she maintains a very optimistic attitude about learning the concepts. The student has a study guide with an answer key to go over for her test. I look forward to seeing her first grade from this semester so we can really get a feel for her strengths and recognize any potential areas for improvement/reinforcement."
"The focus of this session was parent functions. Specifically, we looked over the student's homework regarding drawing a graph when given an equation and alternatively writing an equation when given a graph. We discussed a lot about transformations: right-left shifts, up-down shifts, reflection via negation, dilation/compression. We applied these concepts to individual problems she had on her homework, as well as did some brief "experiments" relevant to the problems at hand using the virtual classroom graphing calculator. The parent functions we covered this evening included square root functions, greatest integer (flooring) functions, absolute value functions, and parabolas. I think she has a better understanding now of how to identify transformations from parent functions when given graphs and also how to incorporate those transformations into a written equation."
"The following concepts were covered: making a scatter plot, line of best fit, positive, negative and no correlation, predictions and describing relationships between two quantities. The student struggled with making scatter plots, scaling the axes, and explaining their reasoning. The student was not as talkative at first, but eventually he opened up. I asked several questions throughout the session to check for understanding. He had additional problems to try on his own. After meeting with the student for the for first time, he is lacking skills and needs additional help. I would recommend a tutor at least two times throughout the week rather once."
"The homework the student had today was primarily "busy work," so she finished that very quickly. I pulled some problems from online to go ahead of her class and introduce her to the different forms of Quadratic equations, and how to solve for roots, vertex, axis of symmetry, and also factoring and FOILing. She understood these very well when I showed her pictures/graphs so that she can understand what the numbers actually mean. I then gave her problems where I didn't let her use a picture, instead I asked her to visualize the graph and think about the concepts."