Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered exponential growth, logs, and graphing rational functions today. We spent an extra half hour more than usual going over finding asymptotes and discontinuities to drive the point home. We will continue next week with a review and go further with rational functions. Overall the student said he felt confident about what was covered."
"Today was our first session and it was great. Together, we covered the topics of Radicals and Radical Exponents. After many sample problems and simple equations he got the material down pat and his speed in solving questions increased. We went over different strategies in solving different types of problems and ways to practice/prepare for an exam."
"The student has a test on integration and volume of solids of revolution. Specifically he said that the test would cover integration involving trigonometric substitutions. This subject can be very difficult but is not impossible. Together we went over a review sheet given to him by his teacher. We started doing practice problems and as we went we compiled a sheet with the lists of steps to take and substitutions to make which I left him with. It's important that he review this sheet before his test on Monday."
"The student and I worked on examples from her book and worksheets covering probability. She was specifically having a problem with the Poisson distribution, but we discussed the intuition behind calculating the mean of that distribution, and it seemed to clear things up."
"We reviewed several of the concepts we have practiced to date. We also concentrated heavily on converting fractions to decimals. We discussed the idea of a fraction being "part of a whole", and we used a pizza cut into slices as an example. We then used word problems to extend and deepen the student's knowledge of fractions through the introduction of a word problem. For example, he was asked to compare how much pizza he ate compared to that of his little brother. He was able to express his answer as a whole number, a fraction, and a decimal. I believe we should concentrate on number sentences and then additional word problems so that he is asked to routinely synthesize and apply his knowledge of math. This would help him on his exam in this subject area. He was very attentive and pleasant to work with today."
"During this session, the student and I went over various concepts of probability. First we went over what combinations are and how to get the answer for them. I mentioned how combinations are really important in problems such as: what is the probability that two people will be chosen from a group of five? Afterwards, we went over how to solve for the standard normal value as well as finding what the expected value of a set is. We did several examples that helped her understand the concepts better. This was a lot to go over in one session though, so I did let her know that she really needs to study those concepts and do more examples when a test comes up on those topics."