Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"First we recalled what we had learned about optimization and how to find a constraint equation relating two of the variables. Then we got into some new stuff he just started learning which were related rates problems, which are set up in a very similar way as the old optimization ones. We looked at some examples from a handout worksheet he was given and then we did practice problems from his book that his teacher had assigned."
"The student and I discussed the material for her upcoming algebra test. We reviewed the difference between linear and angular speed and how to convert between units. The student and I worked through several word problems to strengthen her knowledge of relevant formulas and problem set-up."
"The student spent the session working through her homework. Because of her final on Thursday, the homework was a short review covering synthetic division and graphing equations with higher powers. My biggest concern is that she tries to memorize the rules on how to graph the equations instead of understanding the equations and why they do what they do. Overall, she is doing good and I look forward to meeting her on Wednesday."
"Simplifying equations with roots/exponents. We went over basics today, which I think helped him greatly. He's still slow and unsure, but he's starting to solve the problems more on his own. Today was an improvement over the last."
"This session we covered completing the square. The student has a solid understanding of this technique based on his performance on his homework assignment and the practice problems we completed. He was able to complete all the problems on this topic in his textbook and effectively explain the method."
"Tonight, the student and I reviewed Chapter 6 content. He had a graded test with him and we reviewed strategies for solving complex integrals. We practiced partial fractions, identifying 1/udu substitutions, the logistic curve, and solving initial value problems. He was to continue working on problems in preparation for his upcoming midterm. He has improved greatly with identifying the best way to solve integrals and the more practice problems he does, the more he will be able to easily identify a quick approach."
"First, the student and I reviewed the Growth & Decay problem on Exam 1. Next, we reviewed Trigonometric Integrals and then briefly went over Trigonometric Substitution, Integration of Rational Functions by Partial Fractions, and Integration using Quadratic Expressions in preparation for next class. I asked the student to start working on the homework questions."
"Today we went over the student's final review sheet. In the beginning of the session, I had asked him to star the problems he felt were most difficult. We went over those specific areas and he grasped onto the concept fairly well. His final is this upcoming Thursday and we are preparing for that. I left him with some advice to continue to study as much as he could even before our tutoring session tomorrow. Tomorrow we will recap all information to prepare the student for his final."
"The student just started her new class for college algebra, and she initially needed help figuring out what assignments were due, how to do the screen shots, and entering syntax. Once the intro to the class was finished, we looked at basic algebra, variables vs. coefficients, plugging numbers into variables. In the class she has an A so far, and I plan to keep her ahead on the homework assignments. She catches on quick to the concepts."
"The student and I continued to review for his exam. He wrote down some of the problems that he did not understand. We spent the first half of the session going through them. I would pick a similar problem from the book then have him work through the problem that he wrote down. The second half of the session, I picked random problems out of Chapters 3 and 4 and had the student do them for me."
"The student and I reviewed finding areas of regions bounded by functions, as well as finding volumes generated by rotating these areas around an axis. We discussed the disk and shell methods of finding volumes. He already has extra problems to do, so I didn't add any extra, especially since our next session is tomorrow evening."
"We reviewed the student's homework assignment from last week covering a few review problems from 7.1 - 7.4, 5.2, 5.6 and a heads up on 7.7. Overall she did well. She completed additional practice problems in Sections 7.1 - 7.5 Radical Equations since she already completed all the hw assignments to prepare for her quiz tomorrow. The biggest challenge remains simplifying expressions. The homework assignment for this weekend will include some more practice problems plus a review of graphing absolute value and quadratic functions from last semester. This will prepare her well for the upcoming sections on graphing radical and exponential functions."