Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued preparation for the upcoming exam. We worked through further homework problems of integration using various methods. We covered new topics of improper integration, the direct comparison test, and the limit comparison test."
"The student explained the nature of help she needs as mostly working on efficiency in working with open datasets. Today we talked about choosing data for correlations and contingency tables and how to perform these analyses. She very much understands the tests, she just needs someone to help her confirm that she is using accurate tests and discussing the results appropriately. We selected the variables for her fourth project and ran the needed tests. All that is left is for her to write up the results as per her professor's instructions. We will go over this project again at our next meeting on Sunday."
"We specifically went over rational numbers, multiplying decimals, comparing fractions, equalities and inequalities. The student is quite good at the subjects we worked on. We need to work on his speed solving problems and recognizing that some problems take a bit more work conceptual understanding than others. We also need to work more on multiplying and dividing decimals."
"The student did well with most of her homework, showing strong retention of counting techniques and exponential properties. After that, I introduced her to logarithms for the first time. She understood the algebraic concepts quickly."
"At the end of our previous session, I left the student with an assessment on ratios, proportions, and rational expressions. She had completed most of it. We reviewed proportions and percentages. We will revisit this topic in future sessions. We covered basic probability, which the student remembered well from her previous classes. Finally we examined measures of central tendency. The student was able to calculate the mean and mode of a data set. She did well with interpreting graphical representations of data. I left her with some additional proportion practice problems and a probability review."
"The student has finished with his course but had an extension in turning in his old homework so I helped him with some questions he had previously skipped. Most of these questions dealt with matrices and their properties. Some other topics were imaginary numbers and how to factor polynomials with them."
"Multiplication table, timed 9:45 min. (needs to practice 6-9, 11, 12). Addition mad minutes with +9 (add 10, subtract 1 strategy) and doubling. Finished each set (24 problems) in 2 mins. Played operations game-- using 3 digits and any combo of operations to create a multi-step problem and solve ten times (with an answer of 0-9). The student catches on quickly to how to slightly change a pattern to get the next answer. She needs reminders on how to use parentheses to state the problem appropriately. Next time we will work on word problems."
"In this session we spent more time covering functions and transformations of functions. The student's test on this material is next week, and I anticipate he will do just fine. A little more practice with transforming functions is needed, but I am confident we will have no major issues."
"Starting exam prep for her final on Thursday. Discussed slope field in depth and went through a number of problems involving matching slope fields graphs to their corresponding first order DE. Then we went over problems she had missed from her midterm 2 - concepts in series (partial sums) and sequences (how to calculate limits, how not to use L'Hopital's rule). We also went over a challenging problem on the concept of u-substitution. We discussed how to optimize her study efforts and made plans to meet tomorrow morning."
"We covered the definitions of congruency and similarity, the conventions for naming the sides and angles of a polygon, the names of some polygons, the Cartesian coordinate system, translations, reflections, rotations, and tessellations."
"The student and I covered a lot with negative numbers and began moving forward towards basic algebra. He struggles the most with adding and subtracting negative numbers, we will continue to review this until he has a thorough understanding. As far as the basic algebra, he understood it pretty well. I introduced the most basic function y=x, showed him how to make a table and plot a graph from the given equation. I then introduced slope and showed him how the slope can cause a decreasing/increasing trend also how to increase (or decrease) the climb (or fall). Next week I will introduce the basic point slope form of an equation, y=mx+b, and explain the y-intercept. He is doing a great job!"
"The student had several questions about the homework assignments I left her over her vacation. We reviewed these questions, and worked through sections 7.1-7.4 from the textbook, which covered different techniques for solving quadratics, including factoring, completing the square, and the quadratic formula. We also discussed the types of solutions based on the discriminant of the quadratic formula. I left her with problems from each of the four sections, as well as the self-test from the book, which she began at the end of our session. I hope to finish chapter 7 with her during our next session."