Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today's session with the student was spent focusing more on the quadratic formula, as well as graphing quadratic equations. He did a good job retaining most of the information he had learned from the previous session, with just a little trouble on the quadratic formula. We worked many problems using the quadratic formula to find the x intercepts of a quadratic function, and afterwards moved on to some conceptual questions about quadratics that he had no trouble with."
"Prepared for the student's test and went over multiplying, dividing, adding, subtracting, and factoring polynomials."
"Today we did a whole review for his test tomorrow. We reviewed the log function and its applications."
"The student and I went over graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities and finding solutions for them. I also explained the difference between inequalities with less than or equal to, greater than or equal to, greater than, and less than, and where to shade the graph for the given equation. I encouraged her to continue to practice and to solve each problem step by step to avoid simple mistakes."
"We spent the first hour of the session on algebra and the last half hour on physics. For algebra, we went through the odd problems of the chapter test in the student's textbook (chapter 6 - slope, writing equations for lines, graphing, and finding parallel and perpendicular lines). She is doing very well with all of the topics, but needed some assistance with the parallel and perpendicular lines. She knew what to do, but got confused when the slope was a decimal. We went through converting to an improper fraction. In physics, we reviewed significant figures for her quiz. She wasn't sure of all of the rules for zeros at first, but we went over many examples, and she got the hang of it. I recommended reviewing the rules tomorrow morning before her quiz."
"Today we covered graphing one-variable inequalities in detail. We then discussed solving one-step inequalities and previewed the idea of solving two-step inequalities. The student breezed through the inequality concept and had no trouble with graphing. He was able to plug in possible solutions to the inequality to determine which were applicable. When solving the inequalities to find all the solutions, though, we ran into a few difficulties. The one-step equations and inequalities, he does well on. When solving two-step inequalities, I believe he may struggle with the same concepts he struggled with during our brief view of solving equations. We will definitely revisit this topic in detail during our next session. The student did receive his midterm score which showed excellent growth, yet still left room for improvement. I believe that meeting on a regular schedule will certainly allow him to improve further."