Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We focused on the student's math homework first during this session. She wanted me to double check her work on calculating percentages as amounts decrease or increase and how to write and solve for equations involving percentages. We worked on her Spanish worksheets which introduced new vocabulary verbs with stem changes in the present and preterit tense. We also quickly reviewed a few flashcard words to jog her memory."
"The student and I worked on linear data and word problems. We went over a variety of problems and examples, after going through the y=mx+b graph and written and visual understanding. We need to continue to focus on these topics to firm up her understanding on the concept. She is supposed to continue to work on these problems, bring her last test and new questions with her, and any other helpful material she may have to our next session."
"We began this session by going over lots of practice problems for the student's upcoming calculus test. We practiced lots of different methods of calculating derivatives, including the product, quotient, chain and power rules. After about 75 minutes of this, we moved on to physics. On physics, we focused on magnetism, and how it relates to moving electric charge. We spent some time talking about the right hand rule, which I cleared up for her. We then went through the physics practice exam for her test on Tuesday."
"Today was my first session with the student. His class is just starting to find the area between two curves. He seems to do well when he can show the steps of his work, and is confident that he's understanding new concepts. We worked through a couple of homework problems so he could connect ideas."
"Worked with the student to study for his Chapter test. He seemed extremely confident with almost all of the material. We focused on those few concepts that he wasn't quite as confident about. He also understands almost all of these mistakes quickly and completely when we go over them."
"We covered concepts in pattern recognition and a review of percent change by examining the Fibonacci sequence. We also covered unit conversion and proportions in preparation for the student's test tomorrow."
"Today we went over probability questions. She needed a little reviewing, but once she understood permutations and combinations she was able to solve the questions on her own. We also came up with examples of permutations and combinations for a discussion question. She had a very good understanding of this material."
"I met with the student to help her with some homework on exponents and radicals that was giving her some trouble. She's gotten better at the basics like simplifying radicals and taking roots of powers. She needed a little reminder on what to do when multiplying or dividing radicals, but then she was good on that too. The harder stuff was radicals in binomials. She knew to foil like ordinary binomials, but got a little lost with grouping the radicals, so I helped her organize her work and showed her how multiplying 2 square roots cancels them out. And we also worked on multiplying top and bottom by the conjugate when a radical binomial is in the denominator. This was our last session before spring break. Hopefully she'll be able to see her score within the next week, so she should be able to tell me during our next meeting."
"The student's main issues were with graphing functions and how to interpret the graphs of said functions. She said that she was confident for simplification and factoring of functions, so we focused on graphing. After discussion foundational information with regards to functions, she was able to apply what she had learned and correctly graph and interpret functions. From what I could tell, she was very comfortable with factoring of functions as well as any arithmetic, so I am not concerned for her. She should be able to do very well on tomorrow's test."
"The student and I started working on a practice final that had been provided by his professor. We covered confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and forecasting. The most complex problems involved separating the effects of trend and seasonality in forecasting future events. We worked methodically and got through a big chuck of the material. We will meet again next week and work on notes for the test."
"We reviewed the students homework problems and then reviewed for an upcoming test on differential equations, finding areas and motion. The biggest challenge was keeping a grounded understanding of what the calculus ideas represent, especially considering motion, but the student can usually come to the right conclusion, given some time."
"We covered logarithms, and this was the first time we would work on these problems. The student struggled at first with solving logarithmic problems, but she quickly picked up on the subject and we were able to go a few chapters ahead of the class."