Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I spent our time today reviewing all of the material that he will see on the multiple choice portion of the exam. We are using the chapter-end tests provided by the maker of his textbook. He is solving a selection of problems from each chapter (usually about 5-7), and we are doing a mixture of word problems and problems involving straightforward calculations."
"The student had a 58 question review packet for the final exam and we worked on about half of it in our session's time. She would work one page by herself and then I would check her answers and show her what was wrong on her mistakes as well as short cuts in the calculator that will help her on the exam. She got her test on Probability back since we last met and she was very excited that she got a 97 on it. That was great improvement compared to her tests prior to starting the tutoring."
"We completed a worksheet provided by the student's teacher on factorization and solving equations. He has gotten much better at solving these kinds of problems. We completed the entire practice worksheet of 30 problems in an hour because his understanding lets him solve these problems at a much faster pace."
"We started a review for the final exam. We covered sequences, both arithmetic and geometric, determining recursive and explicit formulas. We also covered parabolas, circles and ellipses. I left a worksheet for the student to fill out on general formulas for geometric figures and definitions for sequences."
"The student has a make up test for her factoring chapter, chapter 9. We spent most of the session working on problems for factoring and she is doing much better with it. She is still jumping into the problems without trying to simplify but we worked on that. She also has a quiz on the last of chapter 12 so the last ten minutes or so we worked on some problems from that."
"Today, we covered material specific to the student's upcoming exam, including calculation of volume and surface area of 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional shapes. We also reviewed algebraic union and intersects, slope and quadratic equations. The student has demonstrated marked improvement in his problem solving ability and in his understanding of the basic concepts which he previously was having difficulty with."
"We wrapped up the student's study guide and also reviewed all of her missed questions from past tests. She had little difficulty in redoing most questions or figuring out her mistakes, so we focused on strategies to avoid errors and to double check answers."
"Today we did an overall review for the student's final which was on Friday. She showed a pretty strong understanding of the course as a whole but needed my assistance on about 20 to 25 per cent of the problems. The primary things we went over afterward were some of the less number related things and mainly terms and definitions such as the different properties as well as the different types of numbers, and finally reviewed some factoring and small things here and there. She said the test she took Thursday was easy and went well and I feel that she was very well prepared for the test she took on Friday."
"First session went very well. The student's pre-Algebra skills were basically assessed and he seems quite competent. He is easy to work with and learns quickly. Very supportive parents. We have a basic, tentative plan for the future."
"We went over word problems involving algebraic equations and exercises involving order of operations. By the end of the session, the student demonstrated he understood the work by answering the questions correctly."
"The student expressed interest in learning how to determine parallel and perpendicular linear equations to given lines. We covered how to find these equations both algebraically and graphically. We also reviewed solving systems of equations using elimination, applying the method for the case of two perpendicular lines. The student did fairly well learning the new material."
"During today's session with the student, we continued mastering various topics in algebra. We spent half of our session going through different worksheets and activities that dealt with multiplying polynomials and powers of powers. She was able to completely master those topics and completed all of her activities that are due at school. The remainder of the session was spent learning about quadratic functions. I made an activity for her to learn how to calculate the vertex, roots, range, and domain of a quadratic function. She was left with additional work on quadratic functions."