Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This was my first session with the student. We worked on homework problems that she missed. They were problems about exponents, negative, zero and positive exponents. I left her with three pages of notes containing theorems, definitions and properties relating to algebra. She needs help and lots of practice. She is easy to work with. I must teach her to carefully check her work."
"The student had many problems having to do with the quadratic equation and the imaginary number which she needed to finish by tomorrow and I helped her through these. She was very well prepared for this homework and only needed the occasional help on a tough problem. I look forward to continuing to help her progress in this class."
"Topics covered: 1. Vector equations 2. The Matrix Equation (Ax = b) 3. Linear Independence The student seemed to have a better understanding of the material after our session. His knowledge of mathematics with linear algebra is pretty strong."
"For our second session, the student and I covered functions mainly. We talked about the concept of functions as well as function notation and the idea of taking functions of functions (g(f(x))). We also covered graphing functions as well as reviewing slope-intercept form and it's applications. To end our session, I supervised her taking of a quiz which she did excellent on. We will continue our work in two weeks."
"We went over exponential and logarithmic functions (material that is going to be on his Ch. 7 test tomorrow afternoon). He seemed to be struggling the most with natural logarithms. But once he was shown an example on how to do the problem, he caught on."
"Today I was most impressed with the student's flexibility. She was incredibly focused today and had made great progress working with the partial quotients method of long division. We looked through her math journal (classwork) and discussed different ways of dealing with remainders. There are three options: round it, ignore it, or write it as a fraction or decimal. She had some rather creative answers as to why you might ignore it ("It was bothering me!") but I think these comical sentiments were masking confusion. So I gave her three different examples for each. The first, rounding, can be explained by thinking of organizational boxes. If you have x amount of CDs requiring y amount of boxes and 3 left over... You need another box. You wouldn't want to throw the remaining away or break them apart! Ignoring the remainder would be an option if you were dealing with floral bouquets. If each bouquet requires 12 flowers and you have x amount of flowers and a remainder of 4 flowers, you wouldn't deliver a bouquet of four flowers! They are no longer relevant. If we express the remainder as a fraction, it has to be something that is divisible. In other words strawberries can be cut in half, but puppies cannot! After going through these examples, the student was able to do a few practice problems on her own with success!"