Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed all of the concepts that we worked on in the previous session then moved on to material that was scheduled for next week. The new topics we covered were simplifying exponents, exponential growth and decay functions, compounded interest (non- continuous), and graphing simple functions. We also worked on articulating key components of word problems (specifically for growth and decay). A win in this session is that she is becoming more and more confident, as she can teach me the concepts when I ask her."
"The student completed two homework assignments. The subjects covered included identifying the range and domain of functions from graphs, identifying the intercepts and roots of a function from its graph, identifying local minimums and maximums from graphs, identifying graphs of piecewise functions, identifying if a given graph is an even or odd function, and translating word descriptions of piecewise functions to mathematical expressions. She needed help finding the domain and range of a function from a graph and writing the piecewise functions from word problems. I showed her the parent functions and the usefulness of committing them to memory, as well as how to utilize her calculator to find the roots or factors of a polynomial function. I left her with the worked out solutions to the first twenty problems of the practice test for her upcoming midterm test."
"This session was focused on how to use the derivative of a function to find instantaneous rates of change. We reviewed one online homework assignment and a couple of written homework assignments that are due in the next week. The student seemed to have a pretty good grasp of this material. The only thing that he might need to work on is remembering the difference between an instantaneous rate of change and an average rate of change. This idea tripped him up a few times during the session, and as soon as I put him back on the right track regarding which rate was which, he was able to coast through the rest of the problem. As soon as that idea solidifies for the student I'm sure that he will do extremely well on this section of material."
"We studied for the student's math exam on interpreting graphs by going through her review sheet. Each graph was in terms of distance over time and had multiple functions plotted on it. By the end, she felt really good about her test - and so did I! We also went over her math homework, which was looking at writing equations of parabolas (this involved finding the vertex and the axis of symmetry). She definitely understood those concepts. Finally, we went over her Spanish oral presentation, and I helped make sure she conjugated a few adjectives and verbs correctly. I also saw two grades based on work from previous sessions, and it looks like she's really improving in school! Her math retake went up from a D to an A, and she got a perfect score on the English assignment she worked on two weeks ago. She was great to work with, as always!"
"Today, I worked with the student in preparation for her Algebra chapter retake. The number of problems to work on was extensive and covered a variety of topics but focused on factoring. Topics covered included always first looking for common factors before factoring, factoring the difference between two perfect squares, factoring when the first term had a coefficient other than 1, factoring to solve trinomial expressions, multiplication of binomials, and more. I was also able to give her some "tips" for when she retakes her test on Tuesday. I will meet with her again this week."
"The student received her last test back, and we did test corrections. It turns out that she made very small mistakes. She said that she went over the allotted time for the test, and she was rushing a little bit. In the future, we will continue working on the problems and getting her to work faster and more efficiently."