Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was able to complete all of her textbook homework during this session, which was really exciting! This was largely because she did very well with the concepts at hand in this lesson and understood many of the problems right away. We dealt with experimental design in general this afternoon, and problem types included identifying explanatory/response variables in described experiments, describing a good experimental design give certain requirements, picking out sources of error/poor design in descriptions, etc. We discussed the meaning and purpose of blocking into homogeneous groups, random assignment, and avoiding confounding variables."
"The student was assigned homework on rational expressions, both adding/subtracting and multiplying them. The student only was confused in regards to the expression, 'whatever you do to one side, you do to the other.' This only applies to equations not to rational expressions, I reminded her. She seems to understand algebraic manipulations such as factoring, finding least common denominators, and simplifying. I anticipate her doing well in the following chapters involving algebraic equations."
"The student was caught up on his homework, so I tutored his sister instead. She was working on solving complex radical equations and absolute value functions. She had a little trouble with the absolute value problems, but really struggled with the radical equations. I sent her some extra practice for these types of problems."
"The student was fully engaged and attentive. He was responsive and eager to learn. We did functions, word problem, slope intercept form, algebra word problems, and linear or nonlinear equations solving. It was a productive and excellent session."
"The student was having trouble with finding limits, and wanted to make sense of her textbook before her test on Monday. The main source of the problem turned out to be her confusion about infinity, so we discussed the concept of infinity and zero in great detail. We also reviewed some properties of exponents and factoring to make sure she had the foundation in algebra necessary to complete her work. We laid out a few strategies, as she had said she is often unsure of what steps to take when answering a question. Later, when we attempted problems that she hadn't understood previously, she was able to answer them."
"The student was in-between chapters in his class, so we spent this tutoring session focusing on manipulating variables, long division, and finding greatest common denominators. Extra practice is bringing up his skills in these areas, but I would like to continue to help him practice these until he has fully mastered them. We also worked on graphing transformations, which he is doing excellent with."