Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I finished going over the tests she had. She also had an extra credit assignment that I reviewed with her. She has the subject matter down pretty well and just needs to do some more problems over Sunday to get more comfortable with the material. I told her she can call me if she has any questions on Sunday."
"The student and I finished a practice test for the AP calc tests that covered just the free response. We worked on problems that reviewed rate of change, parametric equations, mean value theorem, and first and second derivative tests."
"In this session, we reviewed for his upcoming calculus exam. We went over all of the review packets given by his teacher. Topics were covered to answer the question but as well review the general concepts behind the questions. We covered material including derivatives, integrals, limits and some of their applications in calculus."
"This was one of our last meeting before the student takes the final exam. We decided to do some extra credit material. We used one of the websites for her course to do some practice drills. The quizzes themselves were quite difficult and the questions are far ranging and obscure and are further complicated by the lack of images in some cases. Nevertheless she did our best to answer the questions and then I explained the reasoning behind the correct solutions. We'll finish reviewing soon."
"During this session we went over derivative, integral, decaying rate, exponential growth, half life, limit, continuity and several AP problems. Student wanted to focus the session on exponential growth. No concerns for the session."
"The student and I had just met yesterday, so we only had one day of algebra notes to review. This was actually perfect, since we could devote the full session to an in-depth discussion of log rules. She had little trouble converting between log and exponential forms, and we even talked a bit about the upcoming word problems involving interest and decay. She wanted to know more about volunteering/working in a lab, which I've actually been doing for a few years. I showed her how to sort through faculty on the basis of their research focus, and we discussed the best way to send an email requesting a position. It was a productive session, and I'm excited for our next meeting."
"Reviewed and finished several worksheets involving adding/subtracting and multiplying/dividing fractions with variables. From there we went into online homework due Thursday that involved material from the worksheets."
"The student and I went over topics including applications of the Chain Rule for derivatives, the definition of differentiability, using L'Hopital's rule for evaluating limits, implicit differentiation, and using trig identities. The student was fairly confident that he was ready for the AP test."
"In our session today, we covered factoring polynomials, average (mean), area and perimeter of a square and rectangle. We started the area and a perimeter of a circle. Student did previous problems and answered most correctly, with a few mistakes due to mathematical error. Student left with next practice set of questions to go over in our next session. No concerns from this session."
"The student and I met for the first time yesterday. After discussing both of our backgrounds and his reasons for taking Algebra, we delved into the studies. He has no knowledge of Algebra or how it works, so that was the primary goal of the session. We began by discussing the premise of variables. Then the next step was to go through how to solve such problems (isolating the x term, order of operations, doing the same thing to both sides). I used the scale analogy to help describe why we perform the same function on both sides. For the next meeting, I will be providing a homework sheet for him to try and go from there. I am hoping to get him fully understanding how to solve for x in basic equations that require addition and subtraction and close to understanding division and multiplication."
"We completed the student's math packet that consisted of word problems related to ratios and percents. Afterwards, we completed a chemistry study packet. I walked him through the process of balancing equations, and showed him how to compute molar masses of substances. Last, we read the biology section on the endocrine system and completed the problems associated with it in the textbook."
"Another terrific session with the student today. We worked through a pair of lessons, then he took his quiz, which he again did very well with. Tomorrow morning will be our final session, and we plan on working on his assessment requirements. It's been very rewarding to work with the student, and I've truly enjoyed it."