Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first meeting with the student and her mom. We briefly discussed the issues and concerns regarding the student's math education. Then we went to her computer and picked up where the previous tutor had left off. Today's session involved quadratic functions. We reviewed how to factor them, how to use FOIL to build them (and how these are reverse operations for the most part). Then we reviewed the quadratic formula. I had her work several examples and then moved on to discuss the discriminant and how to handle negative square roots (with the substitution of the imaginary number i). Finally we covered the Completing the Square method for finding roots (solutions) to quadratic equations. I helped her write a good set of notes so that she can follow the steps on her own and discussed some test-taking strategies that might help with her confidence and performance."
"Today we worked on how to approach optimization problems. We worked through a take home project that covered a wide range of optimization problems. We later worked through some rotation problems for physics and talked about how to use the right-hand rule."
"Tonight the student and I practiced some problems from an old AP Calculus exam to prepare him for his tests on Monday and Wednesday. We covered topics area/volume of a region, to limits, to graphs using derivatives (such as velocity vs time graphs), to differential equations. He seemed very confident in finding the answers, as well as understanding when there was a mistake made, or the problem was approached differently. He definitely understands the material, and the implications associated with it, very well."
"The concepts that we mostly covered were multiplication, division, and addition. I did include a valuable strategy in making him try to do the equation or problem backwards. My strategy was helpful, as he was more familiar to division problems than ever before. I gave him a packet of Math and LA for homework (mostly LA writing/reading materials). The wins in this session are that the student now has a grasp of what it takes to multiply and divide a problem. Also, he is more attentive than ever before."
"We reviewed ratios and finding percent using word problems. The student did well and understands the concept of ratio and proportions. I introduced integers and absolute value. We worked with positive and negative integers using absolute value with addition and subtraction. He did well on the practice problems and has a good understanding of absolute value working with Integers."
"We went over sections 7 and 8 of her program today. She had already completed the homework assignment and I explained the ones that she didn't understand, namely multiplying and dividing exponents. We also went over factors. She took the two exams and missed only one question on each of them."