Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed the student's work on the chapter 7 and 6 tests, and covered some problem areas, including: creating a system of equations from a word problem, managing negative exponents, and inserting negative variable values correctly. I left the chapter 8 test as homework."
"We spent our time together going over problems with which the student did not feel comfortable. We talked about direct linear relationships and worked a few problems where she figured out slope, x values, and y values from points on a line. The rest of our session we worked word problems. I demonstrated for her how rates relate to slope and how real world relationships and data fit into the things she is learning in class. I feel very confident about her ability to calculate slopes right now."
"The student had a worksheet on factoring trinomials. We discussed the reason for factoring, and then how to split the middle. After a few examples the student was working with minimal assistance, so we went over the special circumstances of factoring a perfect square."
"The student and I worked on multi step equations, more specifically equations that involve fractions and mixed numbers. I demonstrated a fun trick of turning mixed numbers into improper fractions. Then we recalled from previous lesson of how we go to solve multi step equations, the rest was easy for the student. After a few problems he became a pro at solving these types of equations. The student continues to show impressive progress."
"Today, we began the session by reviewing the topics that the student was having the most trouble in. We did lines in slope intercept form, finding the slope of a line, finding parallel and perpendicular lines, and graphing lines. We then moved onto solving systems of equations by graphing and finished with solving via elimination."
"The student had to substitute Pythagorean identities into quadratic trigonometry equations and then factor. After factoring, she had to figure out both angle solutions to each inverse. She is really good at the trigonometry problems."
"Today, the student and I continued practicing with multi-step problems by working on a homework assignment his teacher assigned. He received an A on the science test we studied for, and a B on the most recent quiz. He's doing better each time we meet. He still needs practice, but there is improvement with his understanding and computation skills of negative numbers. Overall, this session went well and I had no concerns."
"We reviewed logarithmic functions - specifically about how to recognize a function as logarithmic or not given a number of points within the function. Additionally, we worked on the concept of active reading. We read a section of a book and worked on techniques for understanding thematic elements within text, and how to relate it to current events."
"We went over the elimination technique to solve systems of linear equations. We went over the student's recent homework, and then moved on to work on word problems in the student's classwork. We went over how to define variables in a word problem and set up systems of equations to solve the problems. Overall, the student struggled with setting up the problems, but could solve them much more easily. The student is also showing much more work and is making less mistakes."
"Reviewed algebra concepts in preparation for cumulative exam in algebra. Focused specifically on properties of parabolic functions, how to determine and graph a vertex, x/y- intercepts, and axis of symmetry. Also addressed solving inequalities with absolute values and graphing solutions on a number line."
"We covered a lot of topics in this session. His homework was to learn about the quadratic formula and apply it in standard form. To understand the basic mechanics of the quadratic formula, we went over topics including: an order of operations, negative numbers, basic arithmetic, graphing and function notation. Eddie seemed to understand more clearly what quadratic functions represent in every day life and was able to check his understanding very well while using a calculator."
"The student and I reviewed topics for her cumulative exam and completed a practice test together. Her skills with fractions and interpreting the graphs of functions needed more work, so I had her do some extra problems on those topics. She's still struggling a bit with those but I'm seeing good improvement."