Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For algebra, we worked through some problems involving inequalities and reporting answers in interval notation. The student did a great job recalling and applying material from algebra 1, especially in applying the quadratic equation to a new situation in order to solve an inequality. We reviewed material related to the orders of operation (also known as PEMDAS) and reviewed how to manipulate equations to rearrange components appropriately. For biology, we looked at various types of graphing and clarified the difference between independent and dependent variables. We also discussed characteristics of life. We previewed a few concepts that will come later in the year, including how immune recognition works as well as the overall differences between mitosis and meiosis. She is very focused and on task when she's working. She might benefit from writing out the steps of her work in more detail."
"This first session was the day before the exam. The exam is about inequalities and he knows how to solve them as I was able to assess in the first part of the session. However, he makes some computational problems, and I addressed those in the second part of the session. Specifically, I showed how to simplify fractions, and he was quick at picking it up again. He just had forgotten it, and he needed someone to remind him. Next time, without the pressure of the exam, I will focus more on the conceptual understanding of inequalities and I will show him alternative ways to solve them."
"Today we saw percentage exercises and the student achieved 80% accuracy on his problems. Then we moved onto linear equations and drawing its graph, and he did well on this kind of problem. He was awesome with his responses, and he did a great job because when solving the problems we looked at different approaches and he understood most of them."
"We covered limits and derivatives in preparation of her test tomorrow. Solving limits algebraically was a main point of concern. I followed up with her solving a cubed root polynomial by factoring it out and substituting to find the limit."
"Today the student and I worked on the quadratic equation, specifically involving factorization and the application of the general quadratic formula. This was a new topic so she was able to catch up and understand the concept being taught. I started with simple examples easy for her to understand before introducing her to the harder ones. Her previous homework showed progression in her understanding of the piece of concept needed for her to understand what was taught today."
"Today, the student and I worked some more on converting fractions to decimals. This time, we looked at decimals that went to the thousandths place. We also worked on converting mixed numbers to improper fractions. She had a good attitude towards the material - she feels confident. I saw her midterm math grade - it was a B. There are still some multiplication facts she is not fluid in - we always work on multiplication flashcards a little bit at the end of the session."