Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had spent two and a half hours the previous day learning his vocabulary cards for his A's, B's, and C's. He did a phenomenal job, because after we had gone over all of them he learned more than 50%! This was incredible progress. We tore through the D's and E's, creating even more flashcards and definitions before going on to two math topics of his choice: factoring, and trick questions using the diameter and radius. The first topic was factoring. I gave him some basic practice problems for him to practice the basics of factoring. I then ramped it up a little bit, making polynomial functions which were very ugly and required simplification before they could be factored easily. We then went further, saying that not every polynomial function has numbered coefficients, and sometimes you can factor out variables from a polynomial as well. We finished this topic by having him factor the equation 33x^2y^2z + 21 xy^3z^3 + 49 x^2yz^2. I told him that you can't factor something completely every time, but you need to be very careful of how you write things out after you have factored them so you don't make a mistake. We went on to trick questions involving radius and diameter. I gave him two SAT level problems involving the volume of a cone and the volume of a sphere. The cone question involved computing the radius after being given the volume and a relation between the height and the diameter. The sphere problem asked for the percent increase of the volume of the sphere if the diameter was doubled. Both problems involved converting the diameter to the radius so the volume equations could be used. This took us to the end of our 90 minute session. EXCELLENT: 5/5 stars."
"We continued triangles, talking about isosceles, equilateral, and scalene triangles. We also worked on word problems involving systems of two equations."
"As per our established routine, we started with some vocabulary review, during which we identified a few more unfamiliar words for her to look up and use in context before our next meeting. We then finished our Math close-up, and I administered a time-adjusted sample section. While she had no trouble with calculation or step-by-step processes, the time limit was a bit of a challenge (particularly in identifying the first step for certain problems). Further math prep will focus on time-saving and identification strategies."