Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started out by studying her review packet for her exam next week. We went over determining the degree of polynomials, adding/subtracting/multiplying/dividing polynomials and factoring polynomials. After breaking down the problems step by step, she was quickly able to set up and complete problems on her own. After finishing the review packet, we started working on her concept map (reviews all of the concepts covered in the chapter). We reviewed half of the concept map together. The student will start working on her homework this afternoon and complete as much of it as she can, and we will review whatever she has finished when we meet again tomorrow evening."
"The student and I worked through material and homework on the Pythagorean theorem. She had little trouble picking up the material, and even applied it well on challenging word problems."
"When the student and I last met, he had improved his grades both in biology and algebra. Indeed, his understanding of both subjects continues to improve, as evidenced by his last algebra test grade of an A. The first item on our agenda was his planner. In previous sessions, we had established how important it was to track assignments using his planner. He had stopped using it, so we brought it up-to-date. Next, I checked his understanding of previous concepts with a some practice problems. Topics specifically included order of operations and measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode, and range). He has mastered these concepts. Using the algebra study guide, we pinpointed topics he had yet to study this year. It appeared his teacher was pretty much going in order of the study guide, so we predicted what he would study next: transformations in the coordinate plane. After some explaining and practice with sample problems, our session ended well. Later, I emailed his mom three practice sheets covering rotations, reflections and translations for him to complete for our April 1 session."
"We briefly reviewed what we covered last time and spent extra time discussing exponents and multiplying variables as we began polynomial multiplication and using FOIL today. We worked our way through several examples before hitting FOIL and then did several more practice problems. The student seems to have a good handle on the topic. We discussed our plan for next time as there is an exam the following week and created strategy for reviewing prior to the exam."
"The student and I continued working with slope and all of its properties separate for what she is doing in class. A major concept we tried to learn today was x and y intercepts. With more practice she will get the hang of it in no time."
"The student and I went over representing sequences as explicit and recursive formulas, solving exponential equations, simplifying square roots, factoring quadratic expressions, and conversion between different units of measurement."