Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did some review of scale factors and continued practicing work with unit rates, ratios, and proportions. We completed homework problems and practiced using some extra problems in the textbook that were not assigned for homework."
"Today we covered quadratic equations, how to find roots and zeros, how to transform functions and utilize the quadratic formula. The student will have an Algebra II test tomorrow which we will discuss next week. Overall a very bright student, she mainly needs to work on watching her signs, using tables for finding plotting points and correctly labeling her axes, which she will be working on."
"The student had a surprise quiz so I came over to help him out. The quiz primarily covers some review of common denominators but mostly rules about dealing with exponents: dividing them, multiplying them, setting them to greater powers, and doing combinations of these in complex exercises in simplifying. He understood but it is easy to get lost on the more complicated ones, so hopefully he can concentrate through all the negative exponents and fractions."
"It was a lot of material for her to learn in only two sittings before her exam Friday. But she understands most of it. There is just further practice she needed on top of learning new material. But she will be fine. We went over parametrization of functions with line characteristics, areas of polar coordinates and their graphs, monotonomy, bounds, and convergences/divergences of sequences, and arc length for functions."
"The student got an 80% on her final. She said that she didn't have any problems with the actual concepts which is something that she proved to me over and over during our last few sessions. We will adjust our studying this quarter so that we can prepare her for another multiple choice final in December. Today we started the new material for this quarter which involves a lot of geometry. We spent the session working on reflections, rotations, and the Pythagorean theorem."
"For this session, we covered word problems that the student was to expect on his quiz. The word problems consisted of creating a system of two equations to solve for two specific variables. We went over some problems in the book to cover the topic. I am reviewing different methods to help him focus and think critically."
"I first worked with the student's brother on his algebra 1 review packet. He had a test the next day, so we reviewed for that. He did a wonderful job. I then worked with the student on dividing polynomials. He did a great job with both long and synthetic division. He has a test the week after next, so we will continue working with polynomials during our next session."
"The student didn't have any homework for math or science so she wanted to continue to work on reviewing for the high school placement test. Most of the math problems are very easy for her to complete without assistance. Since she has concept mastery, I recommended to her that she take the time to practice completing the problems within the given time allotted. If she is able to pace herself and answer questions at a consistent pace, she is on track to do well on this test. We will work on the verbal sections in the future."
"The student was feeling pretty confident about what she's doing in math class at the moment. She thinks multiplying decimals with whole numbers is pretty easy because she's very comfortable with multi-digit multiplication. Indeed, she is very strong (and quick) at it! I helped her understand how to know where to put the decimal place, and how it differs from the rules of addition and subtraction. We also reviewed order of operations and did some word problems. We had some time left, and she wanted to do some practice problems on her iPad. She completed over 20 decimal multiplication problems, and was really enjoying it! In the future, if we have spare time, I'm going to have extra word problems on hand to give her another option."
"We went through her homework. It was about functions and the different ways that you can represent them. I explained how she can determine if each one is a function or not. She understood them and she could solve them by herself. Then we went through her social study project about Colonists. We defined some limits for the advertisement that she had to prepare. Then I checked her vocabulary homework to make sure she did them right. She is doing great."
"The student and I reviewed the new material in her math class. This included proportions, unit rates, and solving for a value based on the given unit rate or a ratio. We went through reading word problems and creating unit rates based on the information given, then using that to solve for a specific value. We went over creating equations that had no solution, infinite solutions, or one solution, as well as solving given equations to determine the number of solutions (or no solution)."
"The student is doing well in his AP calculus class thus far. Today we worked on his homework and a few extra credit problems that involved clever uses of the chain rule. He is able to do the homework problems given. After carefully solving each problem using a few different methods I believe he started to see the deeper structure behind the chain rule."