Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Since the student has done well with all of the topics we've covered so far, we went through the multiple choice section of the Algebra I material. This served to better help pinpoint exactly which topics he needs revision on. Starting tomorrow, we'll hone in on specific topics the student needs to cover further."
"We prepared for the student's algebra quiz this Friday. We worked a lot on slope-intercept form which was the majority of what was on the quiz. I got some info from her father and former tutor beforehand about what she struggles with and noticed that she needs guidance when incorporating variables next to whole numbers within an equation. She also struggled with simplifying fractions using common factors and needed help a bit when negative signs were added to numbers. We worked on some worksheet problems that her teacher gave in class. I tried to keep her engaged by asking questions consistently, like "so if I placed x here in the equation, what number would I get?" I also tried to check in with her throughout by asking if what I just said made sense."
"We worked on graphing quadratics. We focused on identifying the vertex and axis of symmetry in the calculator. The student seems to understand what she's doing after walking through the axis of symmetry examples for a few problems."
"The student and I reviewed the general procedure for factoring trinomials. He seems to have trouble with finding factors that add up to the middle term. He will need more practice on this step in the future but otherwise has the steps down."
"The student and I covered her current classroom material which involved solving quadratic equations using the quadratic formula. We went over several examples. She didn't seem to have much trouble following along. However, she did seem to trouble with her calculations. She frequently gave the wrong answer for some multiplications and addition or subtraction involving negatives. I gave her a brief lesson on adding and subtracting with negative numbers. Then I recommended that she practice her multiplication tables. I gave her a link to a website that generates 1-minute multiplication drills and recommended she try one every day. We ended the session going over analyzing the graphs of quadratic functions to find: roots, max/min/vertex, factors, and determine the polynomial of the graph."
"The student worked rational functions quite competently. He was more patient and methodical in his problem-solving."
"We went over factoring equations and setting them equal to zero to solve. In addition, we worked problems which we plotted on the graph and stated what the vertex was and line of symmetry as well as matching the graph to the equation."
"We covered more of the Pythagorean theorem and graphing of word problems. The student knows the material well and has a great attitude toward learning the materials. We covered any problems that he had difficulties with by going over similar examples. I showed him another way of looking at parallelograms. He said that he had gotten an A for last semester in his math class!!"
"We went over factoring and expanding polynomials. He is still learning the concepts, and we worked hard for him to understand it as best as possible. He has new flashcards to review and homework."
"The student has a quiz in math on Friday, so we worked through an assigned worksheet (9.4) and then briefly reviewed concepts from the other sections. The worksheet contained 15 equations, which he had to solve by completing the square. He grasped the overall concept pretty quickly."
"We went over new material about solving square roots and quadratic equations that can be reduced to solving a square root. I reviewed his homework about these topics. Then we solved quadratic equations by the quadratic formula."
"The student has an exam tomorrow she wanted to review for. The topics covered are: factoring complete square trinomials, solving equations using the quadratic formula, and graphing quadratic functions."