Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through her algebra homework. We covered volume of cylinders and how to determine the dimensions of shapes within other shapes. We then worked on simplifying expressions with exponents and finished with order of operations problems."
"We worked on word problems that the student will be seeing soon for PSAT and SAT preparation courses. In addition, we worked on fractional exponents and their conversion to radicals."
"We talked about working with equations with two variables and how to solve an equation for a particular variable and finding ordered pairs of solutions for equations."
"I had the student take a quiz that covered ordering polynomials in descending order, naming polynomials, factoring polynomials, and finding roots and vertices of quadratic equations before graphing them. Overall, he did really well with these problems. We spent the next 45 minutes practicing the method for completing the square. I encouraged him to write out each step instead of doing the work in his head. We did several examples problems together. He soon started to see the pattern and the steps he needed to take. By the third or fourth problem, he was able to make it through on his own. We ended our session practicing the quadratic equation, and he continued to show progress in his memorization of the equation. We did several example problems so that he could form the "muscle memory" of applying the coefficients to the equation."
"For the first hour of this session, we went over test corrections for a test that the student did not do well on. It came down to a matter of him knowing the material but forgetting it on the test, which is something we will work on as we continue. The second hour was devoted to starting him on a good study path for the final. We started going through the chapters in the book, and I had him take notes on any relevant information that he needed. For the next few sessions, we will be going through the book and taking notes so that he has plenty of material to work with on the final exam."
"The student and I spent about half of the session working through his homework on scatterplots and lines of best fit. He knew the material pretty well and only needed some clarification on linear versus exponential functions for predicting data trends. For the other half of the session, we studied for a quiz he had the following day on the Pythagorean theorem and quadratic word problems. He was able to complete all the types of problems on his own by the end of the session, and he felt more prepared for the next day's quiz."