Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I moved on to AP free-response today, with problems focusing on applications of derivatives and integrals. He remembered the mechanics of these operations."
"We worked a lot on U-substitution. It seems like a challenging topic, but she is getting it. More work on that topic is definitely important for her. We have two more sessions in which we will prepare for her final exam."
"We worked through released AP exams - both "non-calculator" free response and multiple choice questions. I told her to try to rest and relax before her exam tomorrow."
"I continued to help the student review for the AP Calculus Exam. We went through the sections for limits and continuity and talked a good bit just about definitions and what it means to have a limit, be continuous, be smooth, be differential, etc. Then we continued to work on volumes and area between curves."
"The student had a few practice tests to help him prepare his upcoming test. The test will cover limits and the limit definition for derivatives. The student is still having some trouble recognizing when derivatives are appropriate, and forgets some of the rules for limits. We went through one of the tests and focused on the problems. We hope to go over at least one more practice test before his exam, but if we can't, I have asked him to complete as much of the practice tests as he can."
"We went over a homework assignment that covered physics problems in which a position function was given. We did an overview of the concept of a position function, looked at how a velocity function relates to the position function, and we solved the problems."
"Today we went over theorems and postulates involving parallel lines, and then the student worked on proofs that used these concepts. We started by doing her homework, and she did very well. I had to explain some concepts, but after a few examples, she was able to do problems largely on her own. I will provide in-depth instruction for proofing strategies during upcoming sessions. Overall, she did quite well with the new material."
"The student went over a unit review test before his exam on Tuesday. We covered the concepts of graphing linear equations, composing functions, and circle equations. This review showed the student had a grasp of the content, so we focused on test-taking skills: going slow, reading each question carefully before answering, self-checking, etc. We scheduled a session for Tuesday, following the test, to get a head start on the next unit."
"Today the pupil and I worked on his math homework. We translated word problems into equations and solved those equations. We distributed multiplication through parentheses. We also learned about the multiplicative and additive commutative and associative properties of expressions."
"This session, I helped the student work through her homework, which dealt with combining functions. Afterwards, I read the directions for a chemistry project she was assigned and explained what was being asked of her."
"The student and I worked through homework problems, including concepts concerning vertical angles, congruent angles, parallel lines, and congruency theorems. Several problems focused on the relationship between angles and parallel lines, and concepts from algebra (solving for x and y). We discussed how not all figures are drawn to scale, so using a protractor may not always produce the correct solution. She received her score from the geometry test, and she was very happy with it -- her best yet on a math test. We discussed some of the missed problems."
"The pupil and I reviewed for his upcoming chapter test, which covers constructions using a compass and straight edge. When we met earlier, we covered about the first half of the chapter, so this session we focused on the second half, but we reviewed each section thoroughly. Coming into our session, he had concerns about points of concurrency (incenters, circumcenters, orthocenters, and centroids), so we covered that material extensively. He showed good recognition when determining the process by which problems should be completed. He also showed improvement in determining angle measures using angle and parallel-line relationships. I am confident he will perform well on the exam."