Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has a final in two days so we reviewed two more chapters that covered nth-rooted rational expressions and imaginary numbers. I taught her a method to evaluate i to the nth power. She liked this strategy a lot. We also worked through a cumulative review covering solving system of equations and inequalities, quadratics and parabolas."
"The student had a few 10-question quiz for extra credit and review. The first quiz covered transformations: changes and movements of shapes with the (x,y) plane of reference. The student has excellent understanding of these concepts and scored 100% on the quiz. The next challenge was the Pythagorean theorem for right triangles. The student had to discern which combinations of side lengths make a right triangle. Lastly, a quiz was presented on proportions. I explained that a proportion is "fraction equals fraction" -- if there is a variable in the proportion it can be solved by cross multiplication. Other ways to think of proportions are constant change or a linear function or an in-out table rule. The student is learning new skills and using her foundational skills successfully and is benefiting from my guidance. She feels confident that her grade will continue to improve."
"We went over permutations again and the student seems to understand them well. He was confused on a word problem but when I showed him that it was similar to other problems he has done he picked it up instantly. We also covered combinations, which he seems to pick up quickly as well once I explained them. We started to go over Pascal's triangle and binomial expansion at the end. He does not seem to know this topic well so I explained the basics to him and recommended that he goes over his notes and that we will cover it in more detail next time."
"Today's session focused on the student's recent homework assignment. This one focused on area and volumes of shapes he has been working with. I had him write down each formula he used today so that in the future he has a reference guide. He had a list started that he had notes for today. I feel this will be a good way for him to remember these formulas."
"Tuesday evening we reviewed Tuesday's classwork and read ahead in the topic of "Introduction to Statistics". I got him to think of statistics as a way of dealing with large numbers of numbers. We also reviewed earlier work with basic manipulation of equations in solving simple equations. With attention, the student focuses and absorbs the mathematics. Hearing it explained in different words seems to help."
"We covered Probability, Permutation and Combinations and solved lots of word problems in application of the concepts. The student was very comfortable with the material, though he had specific questions we went over. We went over his worksheets, and we will be meeting tomorrow to cover some more stuff in preparation for his test next week."