Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I continued covering integrals and various strategies for finding them. These problems are getting more complex so we are starting to move slower and work on more practice problems. For our next session I will bring in worksheets that give more variations of problems we have been working on."
"Today we went over different methods for differentiating and integrating. I told the student to go through the review packet and look at the themes for different problems. He should also write down specific equations so we don't have to look up the equations. He is doing really well overall!"
"Today we covered equations of circles, simplifying trigonometric equations, and started with limits and simple derivatives. The most helpful thing for Will was figuring out where to start with a given problem, and the biggest improvement during the session was that he began to figure out on his own what he knew and how he could use it. I left him with a review website, asking him to pick out three problems from each category for us to go over next time."
"We covered several chapters today, and worked out questions based off of Population Growth and Decay, Related Rates, and Linearization. We ended with an introduction to Applications of Integrals. The student does well when she solves questions after each chapter. I will create more problem sets for future sessions."
"Today we reviewed the basics of solving limits, epsilon-delta proofs, composition of functions, and a basic introduction to derivatives. Many of these topics were covered in the student's pre-calc course, so it wasn't new material. It's been a good chance to actually solidify understanding of those topics. Next session is scheduled for tomorrow, and the first exam is Monday. I left her with some extra problems selected from the review for additional practice, and in preparation for the exam we intend to focus this weekend on the graphing aspects of the chapter. We will also review graphing functions in general. I have also talked with her about leaving her with extra practice tests to reduce possible test anxiety. Thankfully she is a very dedicated student and eager to grow, so we're aiming to get a jump on this course from the start."
"We focused on how decimals can equal fractions and percents (ex: 10% is the same as 0.1 and 1/10). We practiced converting between fractions, percents, and decimals in the context of word problems and real life situations. We also practiced identifying character traits in a story."
"The student is making wonderful progress with algebraic equation. She can successfully solve multi-step equations. We moved on to linear functions in this session. We covered writing functions in slope intercept form, identifying the slope and y-intercept of the function, and graphing linear functions. She did an outstanding job with all of these concepts. We will continue with linear functions in future sessions. The spent also expressed an interest in area and volume, so we will be working on those topics as well."
"We covered long multiplication and division, fractions, and rounding. He improved on these subjects with continued practice. I left him with extra practice on these concepts in the next few pages of his book."
"We covered synthetic division, long division, the definitions of roots, zeros and factors, and finding functions given its zeros, both real and complex. We also covered several theorems relating to functions, zeros, quotients, and remainders. We discussed the different meanings when you get a remainder from the synthetic division process. We will attempt to finish chapter 9 next week."
"The student finished working on chapter 14, covering the gradient and the directional derivative in any direction. We also worked on several problems dealing with surfaces."
"Today we covered the entire first chapter, which was over solving quadratics and other types of equations. I gave the student five similar problems near the end of the session and she got four of them correct, which was very good."
"The student started with a 3rd grade warm-up which included one word problem and 4 other problems. We focused on basic math skills today. She recited her 2's and 3's multiplication tables to me. I taught her improper fractions and I taught her long division. I concluded by reviewing the order of operations and taught her mental math techniques."