Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student and I looked at a review for her upcoming test over quadratic functions. She confessed to having difficulty remembering what to do when faced with converting between function forms or from establishing a function from a parabola. When we talked about the steps involved, I encouraged her to clearly label the progression of her work so she would be able to follow it more easily when she reviewed it before the test. It only took her one or two problems to establish an understanding of how to complete the problems she would see on her test. I also emphasized the relationship between vertex, axis of symmetry and minimum/maximum so that she could use information from any one of them to solve for all of them. After we concluded the review, we looked at another assignment she had that revisited topics from the previous semester. Though she was hesitant at first, minor discussion was all she needed to remember how to complete them."
"The student informed me that she did very well on her last test - only one wrong! Today we worked on graphing quadratic functions. Instead of memorizing formulas, I tried to get her to understand the reasoning behind the formula (where it came from). She did very well today!"
"The student and I worked through all of his old quizzes in preparation for a test he has on Monday. We worked on graphing, finding slope, distance and midpoint of a line, and worked on other aspects of functions."
"The student worked on her homework assignment for geometric sequences - explicit and recursive functions. She continues to improve and grasp new information. She thinks critically and powers through tough problems."
"We went over some challenging systems of equations problems from the student's online work and reiterated the steps for solving those types of problems. I briefly gave him a preview of the practice exam and we discussed our strategy for our last session before his exam."
"The student and I worked on converting logarithms to exponential form in order to solve log equations. We did the continuous interest formula and also started on graphing log functions. We also covered special circumstances such as "lne" in a log expression always equals one, and if a log has an exponent, the exponent jumps to the front and is multiplied by the log."