Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student worked on domain and range, finding the zeros of parabolas, and exponent rules. She has to be very careful with the signs, whether they be positive or negative. Also, she should memorize some of the rules for domain."
"The student worked on test corrections for his Chapter 5 math test. He will get credit for doing corrections to bring up his test score."
"After the student's quiz on Monday, we worked on his next algebra 2 topic, which was using parabolas to factor and simplify and classifying parabolas using the vertex form and x-intercept form. He was able to get a great grasp on the material and I feel confident in his abilities, so we moved on to his next section: the quadratic formula. Since the initial quadratic formula work is substituting into a formula, he was able to pick up on the concept, and in future tutoring sessions we can work further on the quadratic formula."
"The student and I worked on factoring rational expressions together during our tutoring session. He felt confident factoring polynomial expressions, but needed practice with rational expressions, especially when special factors and division are incorporated into the problem. I made him a reference sheet with all of the special factors on it (square of a sum, square of a cube, difference of two squares, cube of a sum, cube of a difference, difference of two cubes, and sum of two cubes). He also struggled a little with rearranging a binomial like (b-a) to be -(a-b); we worked on several problems that incorporated this technique and talked about when it is necessary. We also went over factoring by grouping and reverse FOIL."
"The student and I covered his unit review for his math assessment. We covered a number of problems related to number sets. This unit is meant to increase his comfortability with comparing individual numbers and number sets. We did a few extra practice problems. He only struggles when he rushes through to get to the answer as fast as possible, using his gut instead of what he's learned. I think in the future we need to move our focus away from current material. Spending half the time on review of the essentials from last semester (GCF, LCM, multiplying/ dividing whole numbers, fractions, and decimals) and then the other half of the time on enrichment."
"Today the student worked on number sequences, recursive formulas, real number nomenclature, and square roots (actual and estimated when irrational). She did well and I will continue to move her through pre-algebra and basic algebra concepts."