Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a quiz tomorrow so we just reviewed for that. The quiz is on related rates and supposedly consists of the problems the student and I completed from the book except with different constants so that the answers are different. The student and I finished the problems that his teacher gave out and talked about some similarities between all of them and generalities of the types of problems."
"The student got a 90 on her last math test which was great news. We skipped ahead some to see what she would be working on in the future and started going over simplifying square roots. She is working on factoring, now including lead coefficients. I've given her a methodology to follow each time she works a problem. She was doing much better with it by the end of it."
"The student has a test tomorrow on polynomials - polynomial long division, rational roots, and end behavior. His skill with rational roots is solidifying. We devoted much of the lesson to making sure he could solve these problems on his own. He felt confident about polynomial end behavior."
"The student is studying quadratic equations in class; tonight we focused specifically on solving quadratic equations by completing the square. She had no trouble completing the square trinomials or solving the squared equations. I taught her how complex arithmetic works and outlined her upcoming lessons."
"We continued our Finals review, covering topics from Chapter 2, which included manipulation of fractions, factoring, and multiples. This was material he was familiar with from his time in the course, so he showed good comprehension."
"We went over her chapter 7.6 which was more solving logarithmic and exponential functions. She said she was a little confused at first, but I showed her examples and she did the rest of it fine. After we finished with her homework, we started on Chapters 1-6 review because she has a test coming up at the end of this week."
"We covered two full free response questions in the AP format. The first was a word problem involving derivatives, antiderivatives, relative rates, and finding maximums. The second question was about the area between two curves and solid volume calculations. This was in prep for his upcoming final. Question interpretation was the hardest part, so we will cover how to break down a problem into steps for the AP test."
"The student has a test tomorrow for class on Chapter 8 so we reviewed that material which mainly included the imaginary number i, simplifying complex variable exponent terms and using substitution to solve variable formulas. She seemed pretty confident with the imaginary number i and simplifying complex variable exponent terms except for a couple of small calculation errors so we only briefly covered that when we were going through her chapter review and chapter quiz. I did focus on how to simplify in a way to reduce the chance for errors by breaking down larger terms. We spent the majority of the time working through complicated variable formulas and a word problem about a triangle that was similar to a question on her quiz. She seemed to have a better grasp of the material after the tutoring session and definitely seemed more confident."
"The student's teacher returned his test and we went over most of it today. We went over a couple ways to easily recognize when substitution in integration can be used, and what should be chosen as u and u' respectively. We looked back at his notes, and I showed him how to use a calculator and how he can manipulate a problem to make the second fundamental theorem of calculus apply. When we meet again on Sunday, we will finish going over the test and continue preparing him for his final."
"The student and I went over trigonometry basics today by going over the use of radians and degrees, as well as how to convert between them."
"The student and I worked on her review for her final. We covered exponents, factoring, and rational expressions. She is a rock star. Overall, I am confident in her ability and think she'll do well on her final."
"The student and I worked on her homework, which was applications of related rates. I helped her setup problems involving three dimensions. We worked through a number of problems. By the end, she seemed to have a better grasp of what was required to solve related rate word problems, but she still wasn't quite totally comfortable doing it. I told her to continue to practice more related rate word problems."