Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Covered homework problems with creating an algebraic expression from a word problem or sentence. About 15 questions in all."
"The student and I first worked on her homework on solving equations with factoring through word problems and incorporating different kinds of mathematical thinking. For example she had to use the concept of two angles adding to 180 to add together expressions and then solve for one or two variables using substitution. She was a bit hesitant at first, but mostly did not need my help with this and did very well. We then moved to a review sheet she had done with some problems she hadn't understood. We went over a couple where she needed to simplify expressions with exponents. We did a couple more of these and she improved greatly. We also worked on some word problems about distance from another review packet. We walked through the problems and talked about what information was given and what she needed to find, and talked about setting up proportions. She understood the concept much better, but was still unsure about solving the problems herself. I gave her a few more examples that we worked through together, and also emailed her mom some assignments for her to work on in the next week."
"The student and I reviewed essays and worked on solving single variable equations. I also worked on telling time and spelling with the second student."
"We worked on completing a worksheet for extra credit. It was all Pythagorean theorem. He is feeling more confident about doing work by himself without my help."
"We covered simple algebra graphing, completing the square (polynomials), and reviewed several worksheets and practice problems. The student is very capable."
"Today we covered linear functions and absolute value functions. She already had a good grasp of linear functions, but she might need some review about finding the slope-intercept form of a line. Word problems are hard for her (as they are for everyone), but that can only be fixed by doing more word problems. We discussed how easy absolute value functions can be and seem, but also showed how hard they can get. We also briefly touched on linear regression models, but didn't stress it. She seemed very happy during the session, and was ready to soak up knowledge. I left her with another "worksheet" covering linear and absolute value functions. We definitely applied last session's work on domain, range, extrema, and transformations to this session, and she seems to be getting it."