Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on finding y-intercepts, slopes, and equations from two points. The student seems to be struggling with learning to identify y-intercepts and understanding that the numerator of the slope is the slope, and the denominator of the slope is not the part of the y-mx+b equation. We will continue to work on this."
"We focused on word problems that convert to algebraic formulas concerning production rates. Then we went through ASVAB questions with speed, then repeated the same questions, noting ways to improve test-taking time."
"We focused our session on studying for the semester final. We reviewed order of operations, graphing, point-slope form, absolute value, inequalities, and word problems. I also provided the student with some test-taking strategies. The student did very well. She is demonstrating that she understands her material both verbally and in writing."
"We got a bit more into valences this time around - connecting this terminology from the student's prior knowledge of ion charge and energy sublevels to the new concept of the "outer shell," normally comprising 8 "places" where an electron can either be placed or taken from. This will be a continuing battle, as the student usually forgets that when the column has a higher valence number than 4, it will switch charge to negative. I make sure to correct her on this each time so that the bad habit won't stick."
"We got through about half of the midterm review. She did very well! I tend to ask her the same questions to get her started on problems, and have been ever since I started working with her. Now, when she takes her test, if she could just ask herself the same questions I ask her to get her started, she will be ok."
"We got through the first third of the student's 3rd assessment. These questions were centered around data interpretation and regression analysis. Since a lot of these concepts are a challenge for him, each problem was worked slowly and meticulously. He is getting the hang of the material."