Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We worked on areas and perimeters of different geometric shapes. This included adding and subtracting sub-areas to create unique shapes. His test/quiz scores have been steadily improving to the point that he needs minimal "catch-up" instruction from a tutor, and we can now delver in to some of the more interesting topics in his curriculum."
"The student and I went over the final lecture slides on forecasting and choosing the proper models. The majority of this section is theoretical and based on decision making; most calculations are done with software. We ran a little short on time but will pick up again on Wednesday. We will also start working through a practice test provided by the student's professor."
"The student and I discussed his goals for the tutoring sessions in statistics, and began examining chapters 1-3 of the statistics guide book. We worked on several problems using probability. For next time, we will continue discussing probabilities, and begin working on chapter 4-6, which introduce hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics and more advanced probabilities."
"Tonight we covered more of the student's review for the exam tomorrow. Specifically, averages, first order differential equations, and exponential ODE word problems such as population growth and Newton's law of cooling. He still tried to make the integral of 1/xdx = 1/2 x^2, but after a quick review, he believes it is ln|x| now. He is making good progress, and if he focuses on what he is writing, he will do fine tomorrow."
"We covered inverse functions and logarithms. The student had no homework due but has a test on Wednesday. I reviewed the definitions of inverse functions and logarithms with graphs and examples. We solved almost all of the review questions at the end of that chapter together. He is comfortable with the properties of logarithms but the relationship between logarithms and exponential functions is a bit harder to grasp for him. This is very normal for students since the concept of inverse functions is not very easy to understand."
"The student and I worked on logarithms this week. She really caught on to this subject. Not only did we get through her current assignment, we went over the material she will be seeing in class this week. The material in algebra seems to be getting easier for her and she is doing much better over all."
"We worked on rational root theorems, the fundamental theory of algebra, synthetic division, factoring, long division of polynomials, and test preparation for the student's exam. He had extra worksheets from his teacher. Once he figures out how to solve the problem he is generally good at it. His last quiz he received 10 out of 10 points. I recommended to his mom that we should really be seeing each other twice a week to help with the concepts he is learning. She thought that was a good idea. We are going to see how this next test goes."
"We started with percent difference problems to solidify the previous sessions material. The student wanted to learn more about scales models and maps so we started an example of constructing a blueprint for a pool. This example was intended to demonstrate another use of the balancing equation."
"We continued doing work with logs, solving equations with an x exponent, and using log and ln to solve for x. The student did this very well, and understood what she was doing. When we moved onto the opposite type if equation, where x was in the log, there was a little confusion, but with some explanation she also understood how to solve these types of problems."
"The student informed me of receiving a B (which she is happy about) on the physics exam we prepared for during our last session. We worked on log functions and properties, exponential functions (y-intercepts) and whether they are growth or decay equations, plotting of exponential functions."
"In this evening's session, the student and I worked through about half of his Test Review packet. Topics covered included logarithms, properties, solving, and graphing and exponential growth and decay. He was fairly comfortable with the material from the start, but did require a few hints and corrections as we progressed."
"Today we covered sigma notation, expanding geometric and arithmetic series, calculating the sum of the first "n" terms of both types of series, and reviewed how to find the formula of both types. We will continue with practice problems from his textbook during our next session as we did during this session."