Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"He is an excellent, self motivated student. For someone who has not taken a calculus based physics course, he has exceptional physical intuition and math acumen. He expressed to me issues with starting a problem, that is, seeing a path to the solution from the beginning of the problem. This comes with practice and intuition sharpening, both of which we did in this session and will continue to do, as well as what he does in his independent work."
"The student has been out of school for a couple of days due to the severe weather! So, since he hasn't had much homework, we reviewed what we accomplished last week. I gave him some practice problems with simplifying binomials expressions. We first started off with some practice condensing expressions and then moved onto binomial fractions. Next, I wanted to introduce to him the FOIL method when simplifying trinomial expressions from two binomial ones. I will send his mother a study guide with the FOIL method for him to review!"
"Good to see this student again. During this session, we went through his webwork. The webwork was primarily concerned with the applications of partial derivatives, the chain rule, and the application of directional gradients. He has a good grasp of these topics. We also reviewed the conceptual foundations of gradients and reparamaterization. Looking forward to seeing him again. Good luck on the exam!"
"For his final session, we covered a sample test for the AP Calculus exam. Specifically we covered chain rule using logs and exponential functions (including the hyperbolic sine and hyperbolic cosine). The student followed along with each of the problems. There were a couple times that he started off with an error in the calculation and then caught it in the solution I was working. Overall, I think he will do well on the exam."
"The session explored the concept of ratios in greater depth. We applied the concept to the real life example of quilt design. We also worked on filling in ratio tables and other ways that knowledge of ratios would be tested. Next we worked on equivalent fractions, decimals and percentage using manipulatives represent ions circle sections. We added and subtracted mixed fractions and practiced reducing."
"We continued reviewing absolute convergence. The student had a little trouble finding out how to determine absolute convergence. We reviewed the methods used to determine convergence as well as the different stages of convergence. We then went over some practice problems. He needed a little help for the first question so that he can see what we learned being applied. The rest of the questions came with somewhat ease for him. He needed little help understanding the remainder of problems."