Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During today's session, the student and I practiced more on solving inequalities and what the solution sets look like on a number line. We also reviewed literal equations and solving multi-step equations, including those involving the distributive property. I introduced several new topics during the session as well. I showed him how to write his solution sets in interval notation and explained the process for doing so. We also discussed writing the solution sets in set notation and how to read the answer. I also introduced him to solving compound inequalities and how to write their solutions as either a union or intersection of sets. Lastly, we practiced on solving absolute value inequalities and how to choose a solution with the parameters of the solution set. He expressed that we were well ahead of his class and that he had been able to complete his homework for the evening on his own. We were both really excited about that accomplishment."
"He worked on story problems and making one complete algebraic equation to represent the problem. We also continued progress on graphing and finding the volume of prisms and pyramids. Again, he was quick to pick up on new ideas and wanted to try them as soon as they were introduced. He will work on memorizing the formulas we worked on for speed and volume, as well as complete other problems on his own."
"Helped the student complete a research project using real life business data to model fund raising efficiency problems using her knowledge in inequalities and basic algebra, graphing, and charting. Will be utilizing graded test(s) within next 2 sessions to build confidence and skill with graphs."
"Her chemistry class remains the greatest challenge to her math skills; she's currently learning to use scientific notation to convert between metric units (meters to kilometers, milliliters to liters, etc.). We also got a head start on an especially difficult worksheet in which she had to not only find density based on a given mass and volume, but sometimes solve for a different variable based on whatever data is given and what is missing - a test of a more practical approach that is not typically her forte. I'm getting her to slow down her reading of the questions and assess not just the numbers, but what they mean/which dimension they apply to."
"His class has recently been working on examples of units of measurement and rates. Specifically, he wanted to go over mileage, distance, and amount of gasoline - how to work with the units of measurement and to be sure the correct arithmetic operation is applied. I showed him how to set up unit conversion and equations so that the right units cancel and that the answer contains the correct units. I demonstrated this with a rate x time = distance example in addition to converting miles to inches and km to inches."
"His class is continuing with providing proofs for geometric measurements. Today was mostly about getting in as many practice problems as possible. I had him define each postulate and theorem that had to do with angles and apply them to various problems so that he is comfortable with the subject for his upcoming evaluations."