Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, we did our usual review of fractions, and then worked on more complicated word problems. When problems involving distance and time came up, we went back to review unit multipliers, a concept we will continue to work with to make sure he is comfortable. Setting up equations, especially using unit multipliers, is still difficult for him. His attitude was fine. This session introduced solving for an intermediate variable, or for the relationship between two variables, in order to solve for the desired value. I did not assign extra practice, but he has homework from his class. No scores or grades. I am still very pleased with his ability to solve equations once they are set up, but aspects of setup like unit multipliers remain a concern."
"Reviewed over x-intercepts, y-intercepts, domain, range, end behavior, and increasing/decreasing intervals again. This was supposed to be a quick 10 minute review, but he seemed to be even more confused than the previous session. So we spent most of the session on this. At the end, we briefly went over point-slope and standard form of a linear equation involving fractions."
"Reviewed the various forms of linear equations in preparation for test retake. Student had various problems involving the slope intercept, point slope, and standard forms for the equation of the line. There were multiple word problems that the student had to develop the linear equation and answer relevant questions on the meaning of the slope and intercepts. Student struggled slightly with conversion from slope intercept to standard forms."
"Session #1: The students worked on some problem areas such as: Percents, solving literal equations and simplifying Expressions. They are starting on solving and graphing inequalities in school this week, and we will reinforce whatever skills need extra practice."
"Session #4: Today's sampling of fun included a question with deceptive wording, another right triangle area + perimeter combo, and some order of operations. The highlight was a question asking for the sample space of the event that a coin is flipped followed by a wheel being turned. When we finished up, the student answered some U.S. History questions about the Civil War. The session overall seemed to be an improvement over its two predecessors."
"She and I covered solving radical equations. I explained to her that the radical sign is really just an exponent of 1/2. It then made sense to her why when squaring both sides of the equation that the radical sign disappeared and what was left was the radicand. She definitely felt more comfortable with this concept than when we started. We also went over some assignments. I feel she and I made a good connection. She seemed to feel comfortable asking me questions. "