Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session the student and I took a look at her math homework. The subject matter spanned Taylor expansions, finding volumes of various types of solids with using integration, and evaluating limits."
"We covered the bulk of the material that was handed out as review for the next test. The highlight for me was a question asking for the original function given its second derivative along with an ordered pair corresponding to the first derivative and another ordered pair for the final result. The student did a lot of things very well in this session and I have high hopes that the next test will be a success."
"We went over her homework, and I showed her how to solve her logarithm problems. We went over the properties of logarithms, we covered natural logarithms, and I gave her some practice problems. We also did some test review, as she has a test on Monday. At the end of the session, she said that she felt better prepared for the test."
"In this session, we reviewed optimization, and clarified the differences between volumes of revolving around a vertical line and a horizontal line using the disk method, and also using cross section method."
"We completed a homework assignment on polynomial fractions, finding least common denominator, factoring, and simplifying expressions. After the homework was completed, we did exercises from the textbook to reinforce the concepts covered and then worked ahead on complex fractions to give the student a head start on upcoming work. The student's ability to grasp concepts and consistently apply the solution techniques is very good. He sometimes misses distributing factors completely and sometimes doesn't see a further simplification of the answer. Overall, he is doing well."
"The student and I met to complete her Algebra 2 assignment, which covered graphing functions. She completed part of the assignment in class but wanted to make sure that she understood the problems. Recently, she has decided to pause some of her after school activities so that she can focus on her schoolwork. She does not want to continue to fall behind in Algebra. She was very excited to complete the assignment and stated that she had a better understanding of the problems during our session. She and I also discussed setting goals for the class. She has planned to take her makeup exams by a certain date and plans to work on some of the past due assignments this weekend. She really wants to pull her grade up and turn in as many assignments as possible."
"We went over chapters 1-4 of his Algebra II book as well as chapter 7 (logarithmic functions) in order to prepare for the assessment testing. We went over logarithmic properties and basic mathematics skills."
"The student and I reviewed the free response questions from the last several years of the AP Exam in order to prepare for the upcoming AP Exam and his class final. We tried working on the foundations of calculus and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus."
"The student and I worked on homework covering the conics sections, circles, parabolas and ellipses, vertex, focus, directrix, focal diameter. We reviewed the equations for those sections and also the equations for those shapes if the center is not at the origin."
"This week the student and I worked on the conversion between percentages, decimals and fractions. He was a little perplexed by how to convert a decimal into a percentage and vice-versa but I explained how to go about doing the problem and from there he figured out how to do it, which was great! Towards the end of the session he mentioned that he also covered probability, and I began to explain that. I made him promise me that he would finish the remaining of his homework after I left and I hope he keeps his promise to me! All in all, he is an avid learner, which is excellent."
"We reviewed the distributive property and some problems. More work is needed here so I think we will be doing this subject for another week. The student has a great "can-do" attitude. We began integer study as it relates to working with positive and negative numbers."
"Today we worked again on using trig identities. He is capable of using the identities to find the values of all six trig functions when only two are given, but he is still struggling somewhat with simplifying expressions using the identities. We also reviewed for his Chemistry test, which should have gone well if the test is like the study guide. Calculating pH and pOH was easy."