Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met to look at some additional questions she had on extreme behavior on boundaries."
"Tonight, we went over squares, cubes, and their roots. Specifically, we looked at how the index of the radical sign is the same as an exponent that shows how many times the base is multiplied by itself to produce the square or cube. We also explored how squares and other even numbered indices derive both a positive and a negative root, since two negatives multiplied together cancel each other out and result in a positive product. Cubes and other odd numbered indices, however, do not derive a negative root. We also looked at the relationships between square 2-D area and cubic 3-D volume."
"The student got her test back and got a 95. Good job! Throughout the rest of the session, we extended on the concepts of Markov chains and stochastic matrices by reviewing the homework for eigenvalues and eigenvectors. She is really doing a great job in digesting the material."
"I worked with both students today. Student A is working on radicals. We practiced simplifying radicals and then did a worksheet that she had from school where we added, subtracted, distributed, and multiplied radicals. I showed her when she needed to simplify a radical in her answer. I also reinforced simplifying radicals using prime factorization, which I had previously shown her as an alternate method to what she does in class. She does very well with the prime factorization method. Student B had work in her workbook from a variety of pages. We worked primarily on factoring with 1 as the leading coefficient. I reminded her to always begin by removing any common factors and then to determine the signs. She needed help on determining the correct factor pairs, but seemed to gain in understanding as to how to use them. We also worked on how to determine the x intercepts for a quadratic function and how to solve a quadratic function in standard form."
"The student and I reviewed previous homework and discussed how he handled a recent math test. Then we looked over his notes from his classwork. He practiced frequency tables and relative frequency. Next we went through his homework discussion line plotting including clusters and gaps. We looked at probability and did our own experiment. He was able to articulate key definitions and do frequency tables independently."
"The student and I accomplished a lot today! He completed his remaining homework assignments, filled out his calendar for next week, and we organized his main folders as well as eliminated any unnecessary papers. We are also looking for engaging ways for him to utilize his time to the best of his ability."