Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I did two main activities. The first was to go over a passage in a science workbook about the nature of matter and of substance. I fear he finds the sessions cumbersome, and so tomorrow I will explain with more excitement what the passage was about. He then answered standard questions from the workbook. The second part of our session was to keep reviewing the answers he got wrong, until he understood them."
"The student and I had our session to review the new course material. We tackled operations on functions with special emphasis on composition of functions. After a couple of exercise, he handled all of them with ease and learned how to approach each problem and organize his work."
"At the beginning of this session, the student and I went over the homework problems that I gave him from the previous session. He did really well on this which lets me know that he's grasping the concepts well. The homework covered the order of operations, arithmetic on fractions, and solving multi-step equations. Then, following our discussion of the homework, we focused on the geometric properties of a line and the manner in which one can describe a line using either point-slope form, standard form, or slope-intercept form. This was a great session, and I look forward to meeting with him again on Thursday."
"Today we reviewed exponents, log properties, radicals, log bases, and solving for x with logs. The student improved on simplifying log properties and expanding log properties and has a great attitude."
"Today was the third day that the student and I met this week to finish the remainder of her algebra packet for her final exam review. Today we finished mainly the word problems and the rest of the problems that were left undone from the factoring sections. Once the student understands what the word problem is asking, she can easily answer the question but she does have difficulty beginning the process of setting up the problem. For instance, the student sometimes has trouble finding the mathematical expression appropriate for the specific word problem. I've given her a list of tricks on how to recognize what mathematical operations are necessary for common words like "added to", " x times more than" or "less than". When we did a general overview of her math packet at the end of the our session, she seemed very ready to take the test as long as she takes a moment to really understand what the questions are asking her."
"The student and I worked on a review of two of her quizzes. Both of the quizzes contained volume problems. The first quiz asked us to find the volume of the object that would be created if an equation was rotated around an axis. To solve these types of problems, we found the integral of r^2 from a to b. In this equation, r is the distance between the axis of rotation and our given equation. This is usually the formula we are given. The second quiz was very similar except we now had to use the washer method. These types of problems are different in that there are now two equations and we have to find the volume of the object created when these two graphs are rotated around an axis. For these problems, we used the same formula as before."