Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We completed a weekly homework challenge problem involving scale factors in measurements of building heights. We also reviewed algebra questions involving order of operations and substituting variables."
"We covered both math and physics. For math, we went in depth with factoring. For physics, we went over the homework I assigned to him and explained the significance of velocity and displacement graphs."
"The student and I worked on our weekly math challenge problems that involved calculating time differences using speed and distance. We proceeded to practice algebraic equations that are two-step. We finished our session with discussing the concept of negative numbers."
"The student and I mostly studied for her upcoming science test during this session. Her organelle science project looks great!"
"The student and I reviewed worksheets that she had worked on in class and I assessed her knowledge of the multiplication tables. Specifically, we worked on breaking down a multiplication problem such as 4 times 8 into two smaller multiplication problems like (4 times 4) plus (4 times 4) by rewriting the original equation as 4 times (4 + 4)."
"The student has a quiz on Thursday. We reviewed chapter 3, which is parallel lines and transversal and interior/exterior angles of triangles and of polygons."
"During our time together, the student and I worked hard on reviewing his past two assignments, that he did well on. The two topics we discussed for these quests were the experimental method, as well as ecological topics. Further, after we were done with this, we then moved on to discussing his math homework, that resumed the review of factoring (specifically involving imaginary numbers). I was really happy with our session today, as the student and I did a great job of working hard, while having some fun discussion thrown in. We were fortunate enough to have completed all of his homework for the following day; however, his math teacher does provide practice problems, that he could work on for his quiz Thursday. In sum, this session was great and I sincerely look forward to working with him again on Thursday, at 5:00pm."
"We went over a worksheet on the forms of linear equations: slope-intercept, point-slope, and standard form. Understanding the different types and rewriting equations to the different types. Writing the equation of a line using the slope and a point or two points. Good progress tonight. The student is making progress and his grades are improving incrementally."
"The student & I reviewed absolute value functions and their properties. We practiced changing values in the parent equation ( y = a|x-h| + k) and describing how graphs differed from the parent function. We practiced manipulating a, then manipulating h, then manipulating k, then doing all 3 in one equation. Initially, the student seemed to be struggling with graphing and noticing changes in absolute value equations, but by the end he definitely had a better grasp on how to navigate them. He's a really bright student and listens really well."
"The student and I began with a quiz to review "Macbeth" Act I, Scene 4. Then, to prepare for his History quiz on the Black Death and the power struggles of England, France, Germany, and Italy, we exchanged facts and questions using his textbook and notes. As much as the student says that he has difficult time in History, he seems very diligent with his note-taking and talented with recalling facts. The "Macbeth" scene was short, so I could not judge too much on how well he comprehended the work. However, he did seem very interested in the play."
"Today the student and I started a new unit on expressions. She mentioned that in class, they started the unit by discussing the commutative and distributive properties, so we began with some example problems illustrating those principles. After a few problems, she seemed to understand the distributive property rather well, so we moved onto the next step, which was factoring expressions based on their greatest common factor, which she also seemed to have mastered well. The hardest part of the lesson was showing her how multiplying different variables resulted in combined expressions (such as x * y = xy), but by the end she seemed to understand the idea well, even with long terms such as xyzabc. Overall a very good session, and I imagine in the coming weeks we'll move into solving simple equations and reducing more complex expressions."
"We worked on rewriting equations in terms of certain variables/solving inequalities and linear equations. Also worked toward understanding the concept of a function when she is told to transform the function based on a new function g(f(x))."