Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I worked on solving word problems using graphing calculation to graph and view the table of values. With these problems we also had to set them up in order to use our calculator. This included algebraic operations. He was fist confused at how to isolate the variable under a square root sign and when a variable is squared. I showed him with numbers how x squared and the square root of x squared are related. After seeing the variables represented with real numbers he understood why a square root cancels out a squared on a variable."
"During this session the student and I went over his recent test on radicals. We worked on several of the most difficult questions in order to help him with his test corrections. He seems to have a strong grasp of the underlying concepts necessary for simplifying radicals. We discussed some strategies to find perfect squares more quickly, since he did not have enough time to finish the test when he originally took it. We also began to review triangles. We discussed why they are special cases derived from cutting a square and an equilateral triangle in half respectively. He practiced using the special relationship between the sides of these types of triangles to solve for the unknown lengths of triangle legs."
"The student and I worked on take home test for calculus. Most of the problems dealt with integrate, but there was also plenty of derivation review. She still makes small mistakes, but that does not happen that often and she is able to correct them very quickly. We still have about a third of the test left to finish and we will do that in our next session on Saturday."
"I helped the student solve a multi-part volume of solids of revolutions problem that he will present in class this Friday. We then discussed our plan for the next three sessions before his final exam. We discussed which topics he wants to review the most, and we reviewed the Extreme Value Theorem. He wrote an example of where the theorem works and one where it does not apply."
"Today's session covered translations. I explained and demonstrated how to complete this type of transformation. The student then completed her worksheet on translations. I also gave her the general formula of how to complete several reflections. It is always a pleasure tutoring her. She will bring her Math binder and her Social Studies home on Wednesday to review for her State exams and her finals."
"We reviewed the concept of finding Perimeter of a Rectangle using formula (2xL)+(2xW). The student had to find the perimeter of a rectangle or square given the length and width. He also had to find the side length of a square given the perimeter. After he completed his homework, I gave him a practice worksheet."