Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over the problems for her math homework. It covered solving rational equations. We reviewed a few problems and she thoroughly understood the concept after and different approaches for the equations. The student picked up very quickly on the concept and progressed quickly."
"The student and I worked on integration by parts today. Specifically, we justified the technique based on the product rule and worked through her assignment on the topic. It went smoothly and I'm excited to see her tackle each problem so confidently. The next step will be teaching her to recognize when to use this tool and when to use others."
"We corrected the student's chapter 7 algebra 4 exam, and studied her chapter 9 homework assignment. Also, she had some questions about her latest algebra 3 assignment. We plan to review for her chapter 9 exam next Tuesday, including finishing the assigned review problems, and correcting her chapter 9 quizzes."
"We completed simplifying rational expression questions for a homework worksheet. Also reviewed direct versus inverse relationships with examples and practice graphs. The student grasped the concepts on the homework sheet as we completed each question that progressively became more difficult."
"Today we reviewed relationships between trig functions and practiced simplifying trig expressions. We also covered graphing transformations and sketching a graph from a word problem about a periodic motion. The student is really understanding her math material well this semester, so we agreed to meet every other week after this rather than every week. She mentioned that her mom suggested they use the tutoring hours for test prep, so we will work on that whenever she does not need much math help."
"The student and I reviewed section 1-3 from chapter 8 for her test tomorrow. We started with a quiz in her textbook that covered areas and perimeter of triangles, trapezoids, rectangles, and circles. Then we focused on memorizing the formulas by writing them down for every question. Afterwards, we quickly reviewed over areas and perimeters of irregular shapes. She feels very prepared for her test tomorrow."
"We spent almost 2 hours doing the practice sections for his math test as well as the word problems on his review sheet. We also went over vocabulary for his English test tomorrow."
"I met with the student for one last time to help her go through her AP practice packet. It's her last assignment of the semester, and she's not taking the AP test, so she'll be done after this. The packet was a really good review of most of the material we covered this year. She was pretty good with most of it. I had to help her a little with related rates and slope fields, but overall she remembered a good amount. And as always, she was great at all of the algebra, derivatives and integrals."
"Today, the student and I took a look at section 2.6 which deals with horizontal asymptotes and limits as x approaches infinity. We talked about how we can't just plug in infinity most of the time, and that we have to manipulate the function so that none of the terms approach infinity. We did some practice problems and looked at examples. I explained that e^x is an exponential with a base of e, and how we can use the fact that the square root of x squared is equal to x to manipulate those functions."
"The student finished up his homework on the fundamental theorem of calculus and then discussed the motivation behind both parts of the FTC. It's good to see him working hard to understand the FTC, and going over both parts of the theorem helped him with the questions. He's very comfortable with anti-differentiation, which will be very helpful for the end of this semester and a good deal of the next one."
"The student and I continued discussing the major themes and symbols as well as the end of The Kite Runner. We also continued working on the worksheet covering and reviewing integration by parts, including a problem that involves the use of integration by parts twice."
"We spent a lot of time discussing how to recognize when to use integration by parts and how to determine all the components. I also helped the student to organize his work to limit confusion. At the end of the tutoring session, we also focused on integration using partial fractions. By the end of the session he seemed much more comfortable and confident using both strategies."