Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"A great first session! We started at the top of my own personal Algebra syllabus and got quite far. She is easily intimidated by the larger numbers, but when she understands the concepts, she works quickly and with relative ease. We briefly discussed her timeline for registration and will keep working with that goal in mind."
"At the beginning of our session, the student was struggling a little bit with square roots. She knew a few of the rules about how to simplify them, but wasn't quite sure what she was doing all the time. Within an hour, she quickly mastered simplifying radicals, and she has a much better understanding in general of what roots are and how they work. We also worked a little bit on area, surface area, and volume. Her older sister seems to be having a hard time mostly because the first test is a review of material that she hasn't seen in a long time or maybe never saw in class last year. We worked pretty quickly through the study guide. She thought that most of it was easy immediately after getting a quick explanation. The only harder topics were combining functions and point slope forms of lines."
"Began review of material from beginning of the semester. Worked many practice problems from Chapter 2 that will be on next week's' test. The student understands the material better now; her main issue is making small mistakes, like forgetting a decimal or negative sign. She is going to practice more problems and focus on avoiding these small mistakes."
"Both students had recent tests, so I began by going over the questions they got wrong and answering any questions they had with their previous units. Student one's class is currently moving on to learning how to interpret radicals and basic algebra equations. Her homework required her to solve and simplify radical, and then we moved on to solving for 'x' of various equations. Student two's test score was not what he wanted it to be, so I spent some time talking to him about ways to deal with test anxiety and other preparation techniques. He seemed to have done fairly well, but he has made enough minor errors to lower his score. His class and homework are going over the concept of mathematical proofs and how to explain why certain methods are valid when solving problems."
"Concepts covered included scientific notation and exponents. The student struggled most with whether to put a negative or a positive exponent. The student asked good questions and problem solved at a quick pace. I included the strategy of when multiplying by a positive exponent, the number must increase, while when multiplying by a negative exponent, the number must decrease. The student learns material quickly"
"Concepts covered today included setting up rate equations to solve for a missing variable and writing expressions. Student is pretty good mathematically, my only suggestion was that he starts doing diagrams (pictures) to help him solve set up equations. After a few examples he was pretty good. Told him that the key to word problems was understanding how many variables, giving each variable meaning, and then solving each equation for a single variable. The light bulb went off, and he was good for this session. We will see his progress from his update in the next session."