Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on a worksheet that his mother had printed out from a website the teacher had given the parents. Then we worked on multiplication and I taught him the associative property of multiplication and gave him some multiplication problems to work on."
"We covered evaluating functions and proportional relationships via direct variation (y=kx). The student stated he was making good progress at school. He had a little trouble with square roots. He practiced via online software. He was assigned to continue to practice functions containing square roots. He seems to continue to grow as a math scholar."
"We went thorough her notes for linear equation and we solved several question on that. I explained to her how she can find linear equation by having slope and Y-int, slope and one point, 2 points, slope intercept format, point slope format and standard format of linear equation. We also covered how she can find the equation by graphs. She is doing good."
"The student made excellent progress on his project. We compared the analysis of his data, and decided that Excel would be the best tool for his purposes. The student will continue to work on his scatterplot. We will meet early next week."
"This was a very short session where the student and I went over fractional exponents, negative exponents, and continued with our discussion of simplifying radicals. Essentially, all I did was ask him questions on these topics, as well as go over the general rules of these types of expressions (i.e. x^-n is always (1/x)^n). I left him with a quiz at the end, which he did pretty well on considering this was all brand new to him. I think he is doing a good job, other than the occasional oversight when it comes to some of the smaller concepts (combining like terms, for example). I think, with a little more practice, he will do very well."
"We worked on absolute value, integer operations, ratio and proportion and word problems. The student is more confident with her ability to work through word problems, find the formulas and come to solution."
"Today we started talking about polynomial expressions and equations. We defined what a polynomial is, what types of numbers, variables, and operations can and cannot be present in a polynomial term, and how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide these types of expressions. The emphasis in simplification, addition and subtraction was grouping like terms and combining, to successfully multiply we reviewed what happens when we multiply terms with exponents and I introduced the FOIL method, and to divide polynomials we reviewed the distributive property as a method of simplifying the numerator prior to performing division. The student's greatest challenge today was applying the distributive property to division equations, but this was quickly eliminated after a few practice problems. I gave her a series of homework problems spanning simplification, addition and subtraction to practice prior to our next session."
"The student missed a week of school and so we covered three lessons that he missed from math. We went through all of the notes and did examples. We worked on limit notation, division of factors, finding zeros, and synthesis division. He was definitely mentally drained by the end of the session and started making simple math errors, so I encouraged him to take a break and then do a few more practice problems similar to the last few that we did. He is going to also work on the homework that he missed."
"The student and I went over his first Calc II test, and discussed each problem in detail. As we worked through the test, I could see that he was having trouble with the differentiation rules (e.g. product rule) and how/when to apply them. He seems to be catching on fairly quickly; he was able to answer more of the questions on his own as he progressed through the test. I gave the student a list of topics he should review at the end of the session."
"The student had a review packet and we went over completing the square first with every kind of type. Then her packet was so long that she picked out three or four other topics and we did a few examples of each including end behavior of graphs, asymptotes, and complex numbers."
"The student and I did more work with complex numbers. We worked on graphing them, finding the absolute value of them, and adding, multiplying, and simplifying them. The student did very well. She understood all of the problems we went over, and worked through the majority of them without needing very much assistance. We made it through over half of her assignment. I think just keeping track of what each of her assignments covered so that we can do a thorough review before the next quiz, will be very important."
"The student and I reviewed techniques for finding volumes and surface area of surfaces of revolution. Also, we solved differential equations. Our main topic was finding solutions to initial value problems. The student has some homework to work on for next time, which we will undoubtedly review."