Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on calculus homework that involved sequences and series. She used formulas for calculating the nth term in a geometric sequence, by finding the common ratio between terms. She also practiced calculating the partial sums of sequences, as well as the sum of infinite geometric series. We discussed when geometric series converge by examining the absolute value of the common ratio between terms."
"The student had a specific assignment from school. This worked really well today! We will meet again next Monday and move on to the next school lesson! We did many practice exercises on slope-intercept."
"We went over the ACT reading section. The student needed help with short summaries of the passage. We worked on figuring out main ideas as opposed to random details. When he was given text-based, detail-oriented questions, he performed very well, but we are going to focus on pacing and inference questions next time."
"Today, the student and I worked on partial fraction decomposition, surface area, integration using trigonometric substitution, and parametric equations. First, we did a partial fractions example. We got to practice setting up the decomposition for repeated factors and quadratic factors. Then when we got to the integration, we got to practice doing u-substitution. He definitely felt comfortable with this example. Next, we did some surface area examples, both of which he had a strong understanding of. We also did a few trigonometric integrals. We got to make use of the double angle formula for sine, and the sum and difference rules for sine. Lastly, we did a parametric equations example. We used the equations for x and y in terms of t to solve for a Cartesian equation in just x and y. He did this problem very well also. He has his exam tomorrow."
"Today, we created a list of colleges to visit in California and a comprehensive checklist of college application steps."
"The student and I worked on his SAT verbal test. We looked at various question types in both critical reading and language. He performed well under the new circumstances. For homework, I would like him to go to the website, find new SAT language, and choose a practice test to take. The computer will score the test. Then he should ask for flashcards, and the site will produce question types he was not successful on. He should complete two practice tests in SAT language by Wednesday, when we meet again."