Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student worked on her math homework. Concepts discussed were on graphically plotting functions. I slowly reviewed with her on how to determine the y-intercept and how to determine the slope and plot extra points to create a line graph. I explained to her a couple ways of determining the slope (rise/run) and plotting different values of "x" to determine "y"."
"We worked on finding averages of a function within a volume today. The main focus in this topic is remembering to do all the steps, and the ability to follow through the copious quantities of algebra correctly. He understood the concept of how to do the problems well. I showed him the value of sketching the surface to be integrated, and that should help him set up problems like this in the future. Hopefully repetition will do for him what the goal of repetition is, to help him work the minutia more accurately."
"Topics Covered today included exam prep, related rates, power series, and analyzing functions. We completed most of his review during our session."
"We covered hypothesis testing and linear regression. I noticed that she was picking up the concepts a lot better. We even worked with p-values and when to reject the null hypothesis. She had some homework problems left over that she could use to review."
"My session with the students went very well yesterday. I tutored both girls at the same time for their exam. We started reviewing for the exam by going over a few velocity/acceleration free response questions. We went over each part carefully to insure the girls knew what each question was asking for. We also talked about strategies for the exam and what questions were likely to be on the exam. I have no concerns and believe they will do great. They didn't seem to be struggling with anything in particular."
"The student and I covered L'Hopital's rule during our session today. First, we went through examples in the textbook. He asked many questions and we had a very productive practice in solving these types of problems. He worked on the homework at the end of the section which covered this material. By the end of the session, he felt confident in his ability to solve these types of problems."
"Today we worked on algebra, specifically solving systems of equations using substitution. We worked on several problems with two equations and one problem with three equations. It seemed like we were able to clear some things up; She did great!"
"We went over a general discussion of angles today. This included inter-converting between radians and degrees, finding positive and negative co-terminal angles, and understanding the difference between a positive and negative angle. We ended with a more practical application of finding the arc length"
"We reviewed a midterm as well as starting from the very beginning of the book to re-learn all the concepts and notation. We are on a very short timeline to catch up in the class before the final so will meet several times a week. I stressed that he really needs to review every night after our sessions and also try to read ahead in order to get through the material faster, as his final is in only a week and a half. Other than that, I did not have any concerns from the session."
"The student was excited to inform me that he received an 81% on his mathematics quiz! I was extremely glad as this is a huge step forward for him. After a period of congratulations we resumed our duties and this week we worked on unit rates and ratios. He explained to me that he was having trouble understanding what ratios are and how to use them so I explained to him through examples and words what they were and walked him through the introductory questions. Soon after he was doing the majority of the questions on his own! This is great news and hopefully he will continue to listen to my advice of doing some practice problems on his own time."
"The student wanted to use this session to focus on biology, and I agreed that it was a good idea. Her class had just finished dissecting a sheep heart and she had an assigned lab report. She found the questions (most of which dealt with ventricle and blood vessel thickness) extremely easy, so that was completed in minutes. Next we moved on to a unit-conversion assignment, also for biology. I thought this homework was great practice, especially for someone taking chemistry next year, so we spent a lot of time discussing which terms to multiply or divide by to get an answer with the correct units. Despite finding the topic a bit tedious (understandably), she completed it admirably. We finished up the session with a quick glance at her math notes. I feel like we're making great progress and am excited for our sessions next week!"
"Today we did additional work to analyze quadratic equations and their graphs. We used completing the square to find vertices and factoring to find zeros. I asked the student to select 8 or so problems from chapter 1 of her Mathematics textbook as she continues to build her confidence."