Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered graphing linear inequalities, solving systems of equations using the substitution method, order of operations practice, and some quadratic functions work."
"Today we reviewed for the student's upcoming final in Algebra. She brought home extra copies of the worksheets to redo with me. First we did simplifying square roots--first I did one, then I walked through one with her, then she was able to do the rest herself. The next worksheet was rearranging equations in terms of certain variables. She got slightly confused when there were multiple variables as denominators, but once she saw more familiar examples, she was more comfortable. After a few problems she saw her mistakes and understood she needed to give herself more space to evaluate those problems. Finally we looked over a review test. She pointed out the ones she got wrong, then why the new (right) answer she picked was better. She had trouble with percent growth and decay rate, but once I gave her the common example of sales tax and sale discounts, she was much clearly on what those rates really indicated. We are going to meet tomorrow and come up with a schedule for reviewing for her final."
"The student and I looked over his review sheet for his exam tomorrow. We discussed rate of change, slope, and calculations of acceleration."
"We worked through the student's homework on quadratic equations. We went over how to graph quadratic equations and how to find the axis of symmetry and vertex given different quadratic equation forms (standard, vertex, and intercept). We then found maximum and minimum values of equations and FOILed quadratic equations out to get them into standard form. She was proficient at FOILing (only made a couple of minor mistakes) and needed some prompting at first to remember how to graph the equations and find minimum and maximum values, but was able to do the problems on her own after one or two examples with prompting from me."
"Today we went over some more inequalities, but specifically through word problem, applications of inequalities involving absolute value problems. The student was having a hard time with the absolute values in the inequalities, but after we went over some examples, she got the confidence to solve them by herself correctly."
"I went over how to fill out a function table with the student, including how to use the calculator to get a function table. In addition, I discussed some common calculator errors and how to properly set up a problem on the calculator. He did well with the problems, and in addition, we reviewed graphing a line from an equation in standard form."