Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In today's session, I worked with the student on his current topic in geometry. This section used the transitive and substitution properties to prove statements. He is having some difficulty with this section because the theorems are new, and he was not quite sure how to apply them. I explained substitution in a similar way to how we solve systems of equations. He was able to verbalize a lot of the geometric ideas of why the statements were true, but needed help explicitly writing them down. He does very well with the algebraic problems based on supplementary and complementary angles. He can setup the expressions correctly, and is doing great with presenting the right solution. He also got a B plus on his last quiz which is a great improvement. We will continue to work on writing and solving proofs to strengthen his intuitions."
"On Monday's tutoring session, I assisted her in completing her homework assignment on arithmetic sequences. With the exception of the last two problems, we were able to solve the problems without much effort. When working with arithmetic sequences, it's best to utilize the recursive or explicit forms of an arithmetic sequence rather than continuously adding the common difference until you find your nth term. The last two problems were challenging as expected since they were word problems featured at the end of the section in the textbook. Fortunately, we were able to solve them in time. In fact, she discovered how to finish the last part of the last problem that we were stuck on for several minutes. I was impressed by this observation; if she's able to work her way through the most challenging problems in the text, I'm confident she'll do well on her upcoming test."
"On Thursday night, we covered topics such as finding rational zeros in a polynomial function. We went over both long division and synthetic division. Most of the topics dealt with finding zeros of a number. We discussed graphical methods to do so. Overall, it was a great session."
"Prepared for her Pre-Cal test in the next couple days. Worked on inequalities involving rational or polynomial functions. Also, graphing of rational expressions. Student had some difficulty with domain and range as well as finalizing solution as an interval notation expression based on a sign chart. Student worked quickly and methodically showing the necessary interest in learning new or standard techniques in graphing and solving rational functions and inequalities. Taught her to make more frequent use of the quadratic formula to get the zeros of a polynomial's quadratic factors for incorporation into the problem's sign chart. She had plenty still to practice on via worksheets and textbooks from her class. No grades or scores yet for noting progress. Working at a library's study room (reserved beforehand) was a win for this session as it aided much towards concentration in solving the questions/items on her review sheet."
"Quadratic functions in inequalities and graphing of these inequalities were covered. We also reviewed Domain and Range. The student seemed to grasp things well but had some trouble remembering Interval Notation. I can only recommend constant practice in turning inequalities into their interval notation equivalent, even if it's not asked for. Overall, the class seems to be finally getting out of review material and mixing in some more Pre-Calculus-like problems."
"Second session with the student. We discussed his last test that took place during the week (on material we reviewed during our first session). He was pleased with the grade he received and did not have any problems he wanted to review. He said it was helpful for him to take his time when reading problems and to take each step of the problems more slowly than he used to. During this session we reviewed notes for his upcoming chapter, he did not have any practice problems assigned yet so we reviewed theorems, and I advised him on how all will be used down the road. We plan on reviewing practice problems from this chapter for the next session."