Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I was thrilled to hear from the student today that she got an A on her most recent test! It sounds like she is really getting the hang of calculus, and hopefully, she will keep it up. She mentioned that her next quiz is tomorrow, so we started by reviewing the material that will be covered on the test. She already was quite good at utilizing u-substitution and the midpoint rule but was missing the knowledge needed for the trapezoidal rule. I taught her the equation needed to perform the trapezoidal approximation, and we went through a couple of examples to solidify her knowledge. We spent the remaining time covering some practice free-response questions for the AP test. They involved mainly taking a table of values for various functions and using it to answer some questions about the said table. I imagine she will encounter similar questions on her tests."
"Today, we looked at basic algebra skills and solving systems of equations. We looked at old exams and addressed misconceptions, then did some extension work on the current material. Also talked with the student and his father about his concerns about building independence and retention."
"The student and I discussed his test last Friday and his reasons for not finishing the exam. We plan to review strategies for timing using practice questions so that this does not happen in the future. We then completed a homework worksheet together. The worksheet involved finding limits, evaluating a derivative using the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and applying it to a motion/velocity problem, and evaluating integrals that require simplification using trigonometric identities."
"We continued working on absolute value equations and inequalities. We were graphing and solving these types of equations. He works very hard to try to understand these more difficult concepts."
"The student and I went over a review worksheet for her upcoming exam. She had already worked through each problem and had several questions. There was on question we could not solve together. Her exam is on trigonometric identities and equations. The most difficult problems were identities, which is not unusual. She seemed well prepared for the exam. We spent a little time going over a few homework problems as well."
"During this session we worked through an Algebra homework worksheet that the student was partially through on his own, in preparation for his upcoming quiz. He seemed to have a fairly good grasp on the material's concepts but struggled a bit on how to get started on some of the problems. Once we worked through the explanation of why we were solving a problem a particular way, and the rules and steps to get us there, he did very well. One other thing we talked about was using an extra sheet of paper and writing out every step when solving a problem. This will be something that we continue to work on through his next sessions, as it is extremely important to form good habits and will make math much easier as he progresses to more difficult subjects."