Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's math class has just been introduced to the graphs of quadratic functions. All they have done so far in class is graph them using a graphing calculator, then by looking at the graph give the domain, range, and vertex. We worked some problems from his textbook that covered how to tell if an equation was quadratic, which way the parabola will open, and whether the vertex is a minimum or maximum. The student also graphed a few by hand given the equation. He seemed to comprehend, and is doing well."
"The first student made good progress. We worked on developing her intuition for systems of equations. She's finally understanding how to do algebra, and she's taking a lot more initiative with math than before. We didn't get to do spreadsheet work, but we will soon. I gave her problems to work on. They are challenging, but trying them will help her. The second student and I worked on proving properties of logs. Then we worked on more factorials, at which point I just launched into combinatorial math. He has good intuition, and he's learning the sorts of math that appear most on the SAT."
"We went over the math packet that was assigned from school. This mostly dealt with volumes and surface areas of 3D shapes. So, we went over the core concepts and a lot of the formulae were in the formula-sheets I printed for her a few weeks back. I helped her focus her thought process - how to use the information given to find the required parameters."
"The student showed me her results for her quiz on the laws of exponents and scientific notation. We went over her mistakes and then began to go over her homework for the week."
"We split the session between physics and algebra. The student has a test on factoring by grouping and simplifying (addition/multiplication) quadratic expressions, which she is doing very well with. We went over each type of problem, and she didn't have any issues. In physics, she has a midterm coming up, so we went through a practice test, and I made note cards of important concepts for her to review."
"The student hadn't had math class since her midterm on Thursday, so we went ahead and worked on future problems, which focused on special lines associated with triangles (medians and bisectors) and on solving pairs of simple linear equations."