Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered the concepts that will be covered on the student's test on Monday. They were sequences and functions, correlations and lines of best fit, and writing equations based on provided data sets. She seemed much more comfortable working through linear equations algebraically than she has previously. She had a few questions about the material but as we worked through it, she got more comfortable with it. Her confidence seems to have improved as well, which is a great sign. I'm looking forward to seeing what she gets on this exam."
"We mainly did a lot of practice with exponentials. The student did well, after a few hurdles with knowing how to multiply the constants inside the brackets. We will continue this practice Tuesday."
"The student has moved on to sequences and series in her trig class. She is working ahead of the class and completed the next assignment with me on sums of sequences and series. I had to teach her some of the formulas and variables, but she finished the homework with time to spare to work on other assignments from Sociology and Writing classes. She got an A on her last math test and currently has all A's in her classes."
"Today, I started the class by providing several preview problems based on today's assignment, Chapter 11, quadratic equations, and asked the student to solve them. He had some problems with factoring quadratics, so we discussed those problems in detail. He learned how to factor the equations. We covered solution of the general quadratic equation by the quadratic formula, but I stated that this method is not the preferred method. We then addressed and solved about two dozen more problems. He did very well, and his level of understanding improved significantly."
"The student and I worked on advanced factoring, including cubes. He had a good foundational understanding of many of the concepts, but there are some details he gets confused. For example, he was not sure when it was appropriate to cancel out algebraic fractions. He was also unsure of how to divide fractions. By working through lower-level examples, he gained a framework to move forward. One thing that really impresses me about working with him is that once he understands where a mistake is coming from, he does not make that mistake again. He is quick to recognize patterns, such as when a problem is a difference of squares or a square root of both sides of a problem. If he can internalize this pattern recognition, he will do very well on his final."
"We covered the last chapter of the student's algebra book today and talked about the last push to her algebra final this week! We covered the quadratic equation and finding roots via factoring. We analyzed how to set up equations to decide which way is better to solve for solutions of x. I wish her the best of luck and am sure she'll make a great nurse!"