Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had a test on Polynomial Functions the following day after our session, so we spent our time going over her study guide and discussing the problems. She does best when she describes her work aloud, using terms and processes she's studied in class. This causes her to be thinking about the problem on a deep level than just 'factor for x.' It also helps me check her understanding. We spent the most time on problems that required finding the important points of the graph using the graphing calculator, then graphing and describing the domain and range. Overall, I could tell that the review helped clarify some of the topics for her, and she was feeling confident about her understanding by the end of the session."
"The student had a test she wanted to go over from Algebra class. Her notes from class were not helpful to her, but we talked through each problem and she was able to self-identify what she had done wrong. She will receive points for doing the problems over."
"The student had a test the next day, so we focused on her study guide and practice problems for triangle congruency. She knows all of the theorem types, but mentioned she was still a little confused about the order of the letters (i.e. how do you know when to use AAS vs. ASA). I recommended that when she take the test, one of the first things she do is write the theorems and draw a little picture next to it for herself so she has a visual she can look at. Towards the end of the session, she felt a lot better about recognizing the theorems when she was looking at images. I think the one other area that she could focus on would be proofs, working her way from start to finish with the theorems in mind. The theorems she's been learning all year will start to show up again, and so making sure she remembers and recognizes them all is very important! Overall, she did a great job, and has a great attitude!"
"The student had a test to redo on inequalities and graphing. We completed a review of that along with his homework for tonight, which was on correlations. He is doing well, and understands the mistakes he made on his test. He also received feedback from his English teacher on his project, and will make revisions on his article for me to take a look at next week. We will meet again on Monday."
"The student had a ton of work to do this weekend, but we put a solid dent in it! We worked on some problems about simplifying rational expressions, and then finished up a worksheet about this topic. This went well overall, and she did a great job of remembering how to factor. She is great at recognizing patterns and figured out the way that these problems work pretty quickly. Then we did some adding of rational expressions, which also went well. We finished up with some work with systems of equations, seeing if a coordinate point is a working solution, and graphing. After a few of each type of problem, she seemed to be able to understand them. Overall, things went well."
"The student had a tough time today with her homework, as it introduced algebra and problem-solving questions she has not yet been taught. We spent most of the session working through how to think about the problem and what is being asked, starting by building on the facts she is told. We worked through them, and I introduced some basic algebra concepts to her. We also analyzed her math grades to figure out where she needs to focus."