Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered his Pre-Cal review. It covered, piece wise functions (how to graph them and how to evaluate them), factoring, graphing all types of functions, laws of exponents, laws of logs/natural logs, and interest equations. For the most part the student understood everything he just seemed to need a small review and then almost everything popped into his mind."
"This first session with this student went really smoothly. He wanted to focus on reviewing concepts like integration through textbook/hw problems, which covered exponential and logarithmic functions. He was able to get through nearly all the problems of this set without help. Additionally, he is capable of skipping intermediate steps by working them out in his head."
"This was the final tutorial that the student and I had before she had to take her entrance exam for what math class she will be taking at her next school. We reviewed all of the topics which we had covered previously."
"With the first student, we worked on preparing for a math test that he has this week on comparing numbers and re-writing numbers in different forms. With the second student, we worked on vowel digraphs (sh-, ch-, and th-), as well as paraphrasing. With the third student, we worked on ending consonants (-m and -b -- as in gum and tub), as well as making and confirming predictions."
"Went over times tables, two's to sixes. She seemed to improve a lot over the course of the hour. Next time will review those, then move past sevens. Also will provide worksheets on multiplication and addition for extra practice."
"The student has a test tomorrow, so today was spent on studying and review. Topics included absolute value functions, inequalities, function transformations, and combinations of those three topics, as well as domain and range for linear, absolute value, cubic, cube root, exponential, and logarithmic functions. The student has a good grasp of the concepts involved, but he needs to drill things like domain, range, and parts of the transformation just to memorize which things are x-related and which things are y-related."
"The student and I revisited solving inequalities and discussed the differences between approaching values from the minus and the plus. We spent most of the session covering how to determine acceptable values on a number line for a given inequality and the general rules for finding them."
"We went through integration by parts and basic trigonometric integrals today. He has to work on remembering his integral tables and basic derivatives. He will review all of his Calculus one material for the next session."
"We covered parallel lines and transversals today. This included the following angle pairs: corresponding angles, same side interior, alternate interior, and alternate exterior. We then worked problems involving finding the missing numbers. Lastly, we did some proofs"
"The student has a test tomorrow, so we reviewed a few related rates problems together. During these problems, we talked about when to use product rule, when to put variables vs. numbers on a picture, and remembering to put units on an answer for any word problem. We did one problem finding the second derivative and practiced chain rule. He will do a few more practice problems tonight to prepare for his test tomorrow."
"The student and I worked solely on statistics in our first session. It was immediately clear that she is a bright, eager learner who has a lot on her plate. We worked on translating z-scores into p-values, and on how to fully utilize the tables in the back of the book. We focused on remembering a few key facts about stats that guide everything (i.e. the sum of any number of any non-overlapping areas under the pdf curve is always equal to 1). We did several practice problems that I feel got her well caught up with a few concepts. Additionally, we went through the hardest problem on her problem set in the last 10-15 minutes. I told her that our goal is for her to understand statistics so intuitively that she doesn't need me any more! After just one session, I absolutely think we will get there."
"The student and I reviewed his Algebra quiz, where he wanted help with using reciprocals to solve multi-step equations. Then we worked on his homework; Ratios and proportions. We spent approximately 30 minutes working on labeling a plant cell and understanding the basic functions of plant organelles. He made an 86 on his last math test, showing significant improvement."