Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session the student and I continued with integrals of products of trigonometric functions. We were able to engage in many productive conversations about tricks for answering these types of questions. We also looked at other topics for his test. To do this we went through textbook problems on limits of trigonometric functions and finding local approximations for functions using tangent lines."
"The student had to work with Egyptian fractions in class, but had a very shaky understanding of how (or why), so we broke down the process and practiced with a few examples. She also had some homework concerning the conversion of fractions to percentages, and while she understood most of it, the application questions at the end of the assignment were unclear, so we walked through the process of one of those too. Her social studies homework was also a bit difficult because it required understanding bonds and debt. So we talked through those concepts and how they applied to the crises of early America."
"This was my first session with the student and I found that the class he is currently seeking help with is advanced algebra. We spent the session focusing on the current topic in his class, hyperbolas. Specifically, the properties of these hyperbolas and manipulation of their characteristics. He has a quiz on this material on Monday. As a student, he seems to be intelligent and hard working."
"The student had homework from 7.5 which was using the log rules (quotient rule etc.) and she was understanding what to do pretty easily. We then went over study guides for 7.1, 7.2 and 7.4 for her quiz that's today and she said she felt comfortable with everything and she solved the problems without needing much help."
"We covered factoring of polynomials and I wrote up some word problems for him to work on. He is better and we will meet again on Saturday in order to create more familiarity with these types of problems."
"The student and I began reviewing for her upcoming Calculus final. This involved completing a number of online quizzes which reviewed material from earlier in the semester including continuity, limits and asymptotes. She was clearly rusty with some of the concepts and algebra, but that was understandable as she hadn't seen the material in a while. Hopefully, continued practice will allow her to regain familiarity."
"We went over the student's material for her upcoming test. The material that we covered involved imaginary numbers, putting quadratic functions in vertex form, and factoring by completing the square. The student followed along very well, and demonstrated that she could do several practice problems without much trouble. I also gave the student some test-taking tips."
"Today we covered two topics in depth that will be on the student's quiz on Tuesday. These were adding and subtracting polynomial expressions and writing and solving direct variation equations. She seemed to have trouble remembering to multiply expressions in the numerator and the denominator in cases where this was necessary, and would sometimes try to cut corners or skip steps that led or could lead to mistakes, but I pointed this out to her and she's starting to improve on it. We worked through a very large number of problems, which she seemed to feel good about. I will be sending some more practice problems for the quiz this weekend, and we will also meet on Monday before the quiz on Tuesday."
"We started infinite series. I introduced the subject, and then we reviewed some specific areas, in integration, that he wanted to go over. I think he is doing well and will be able to handle the class when it starts next week."
"The student's math class moved on to deal with quadratic equations. This was his first week so they didn't cover much, only the addition of two quadratic equations, which is easy for him. So we moved on to deal with multiplications of two quadratic equations, which his class hasn't covered yet. He did well in this too, which is good. So I decided to have him apply this knowledge to word problems, problems that require him to identify which math concepts are applicable, and a logical strategy."
"The student has a test on Tuesday covering rates, proportions, and percentages. We completed the entire assigned chapter test, which he did quite well on. He struggled a little on scale drawing problems, so after we finished I devised a couple of practice problems to help reinforce his comprehension of the concept. Upon leaving I advised him to review the procedures for handling each type of problem he's going to be tested on so that he knows how to approach anything his teacher might put before him."
"The student and I went over Riemann sums and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Then we practiced problems from the book. The problems focused on learning the symbols of integration and the properties of it. Some problems had us setting up integrals to find the area under a curve. Then we went on to learn how to take anti-derivatives and calculate a definite integral. We did several problems practicing that skill. She showed progress in picking up these new skills."