Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a test tomorrow. He had completed half of his review sheet in class correctly except for one question. He had the right answer but had forgotten to rationalize the denominator. He's doing very well in this section. There was a surprise problem with fractional exponents (which they haven't covered yet) but he was able to solve it. He found a very insightful way to solve the bonus problem. The main thing I emphasized was to use the depressed polynomial once he's found a rational root, so that further steps will be simpler. He has very good intuition about which of the roots could be actual roots just by looking at the size of the numbers."
"We covered more similar material to last week. Most of it was being able to interpret graphs and determine derivatives from looking at original functions. We also reviewed one of the student's previous calculus tests. She did really well on the calculus portions. Most all of her deductions came from algebra mistakes, so we will try to improve that moving forward."
"I covered subtracting unlike fractions, writing expressions, dividing decimals, and calculating the area of triangles. The students recalled some of the steps in subtracting fractions, but not all. The students have an excellent learning attitude. I instructed the students to consistently use the methods I taught them for subtracting fractions as well as finding the area of a triangle."
"The student and I went over the equations for volume of a cylinder, sphere, and cone for his upcoming test. He grasped the equations quickly. The most difficult thing was figuring out the word problems and representing them visually, but we made progress on that. Hopefully it's represented on his score."
"We covered some implicit differentiation questions. The student is very good at doing those sorts of questions, but did occasionally make grammar mistakes, which isn't very uncommon. He was quite good at determining derivatives of pretty much every question that was posed. He knew when to use product rule and chain rule. I gave a brief overview of linear approximations, which is something he would do very soon in class. We also did practice problems involving logarithms and exponents, both of which he knew very well. Overall, it was a very successful session and he understands the material very well."
"The student worked on his Algebra 2 homework. He went over matrices, in particular, how to tell if two matrices are inverse matrices and how to find determinants of two by two matrices and three by three matrices. He was able to get through the problems that we worked on together. Although he did not complete his homework during the session, I made sure that we worked on all of the different kinds of problems so that he would know how to complete them before I left. He did a good job today!"