Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed greatest common factors, applying the concepts using real numbers and algebraic expressions. The student seemed to understand the concepts well."
"We reviewed factoring quadratic and started learning about how to find the equation from given points."
"The student and I began by reviewing ways to find vertical and horizontal asymptotes for rational functions. This was a topic he had just started in class since returning. He had a good graphical understanding of asymptote, but found himself making incorrect assumptions about the mathematical qualities of asymptotic lines. Because we were examining the subject through the narrow lens of 'rational functions,' he and I were able to develop a series of 'rules' which algorithmically derive the asymptotes for these functions. We put together a crib-sheet to describe how these rules would apply to any given rational function, which will hopefully put the techniques his teacher is using into perspective. Next week, he and I will discuss briefly how these asymptotes can be described in calculus, which will shed more light on the mechanisms of the rules we developed together."
"We went over the student's math project and possible question types that would be on her quiz the next day. It heavily involved setting up and solving for equations by several methods, including elimination, substitution, and graphing."
"We covered fractions and how to add/ subtract/ multiply/ divide fractions. The student struggled most with being able to remember the rules regarding dividing/ multiplying fractions, but with his positive attitude and practice he was able to successfully master the concept. We also practiced multiplying and adding numbers without the use of a calculator. From a recent national standardized test, he scored within the top 20% in the nation with math skills, some of which we had been working on."
"As this was our first meeting, I gave the student an algebra mini assessment and we reviewed it together. We discussed his current performance in all of his classes, his study habits, and his notebooks (or lack thereof). We have agreed that he is to bring his class notes to our tutoring sessions along with his homework assignments. His father has also requested that I provide him reading tutoring as that is also an area of struggle for him. As a way to improve his reading habits and hours, we have agreed to look for reading material (books, newspaper articles) which focus on his areas of interest (travel, certain sitcoms, computer technology)."