Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's final exam is this week prior to the AP test. We went over volume and free-response questions."
"For today's session, the student worked on solving rational functions algebraically and graphically. We worked on reviewing her textbook homework assignment for the night. She has a quiz/test on the unit of rational functions this coming Thursday, so we spent the rest of the time completing extra word problems from the textbook as practice."
"In our session today, the student and I focused exclusively on the AP test, as it's only a week away. We started with the multiple choice section of the test I had given her last week and went through the problems one-by-one. She is strong in this subject, but her real challenge will be remembering everything she has done in calculus this entire year. A lot of the questions come from subject material she hasn't worked on in awhile. After the multiple choice section, we went over some AP test free response questions. These are more challenging because they usually cover an extensive amount of calculus in just a few questions. I think the key for her will be to keep doing practice tests, so that she can identify her weaker or forgotten areas of calculus and improve those. We'll continue to prep for the test during our session next week."
"The student and I covered matrices and systems of linear equations. I created problems as examples for him, and then he worked his homework problems. The student made good progress today."
"We prepared for a quiz on the properties of exponents and roots by reviewing a homework assignment. The student had a strong grasp of the material and had made few errors in her homework. She struggled with fractional exponents and how they were broken into powers/roots, but after showing her the differences between the numerator (power) and denominator (root), she had a much better understanding of the material. I recommended she write and review the rules for properties of exponents in preparation for her quiz. It was a very successful session."
"Today I met with the student to work on algebra. His class is working on composite functions. We focused on simple arithmetic for two functions and on a new operator, composition. The former was pretty simple, and I don't think he had any trouble with it, though practicing the simplification of polynomials would be helpful. The latter concept was more complicated. I explained my preferred method for formulating a composition problem so that when he works on this type of problem at home or in the classroom, he will have a tool for simplifying the problem."