Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked through the homework for Section 2.6, the derivative of the trigonometric functions. The homework took us a while but we were able to finish it. Since she will be away, I introduced her to Section 2.7, the derivative of logarithmic functions. I will send her some extra practice problems on the chain rule so that she can work through them when she has time. We will meet next week when she gets back on her next homework assignment."
"The student was working on problems with quadratic equations this evening. She had to use the quadratic formula to solve the equation. She did okay with these. We also worked on problems solving for the line of symmetry and the vertex of the graphs."
"Over the weekend I found out that the student did not do very well on her geometry test. Since she had not yet received her test back, we spent the first part of the session reviewing what exactly caused her to have such a tough time on her test. From there, we moved on to composite shapes (specifically how to find the area of a composite shape). We practiced breaking down the composite into its component shapes, and adding/subtracting the area of these shapes to find the area of the composite. In chemistry we discussed net ionic equations. We broke these problems down into 5 steps: 1) Write down the equation, balancing oxidation number. 2) Balance the equation. 3) Determine solubilities of the various compounds. 4) Write down the complete ionic equation (keeping the insoluble compounds as compounds vs ions). 5) Cancel out common ions to determine the net ionic equation."
"We did some additional exercises with commas. We also reviewed a math test to see if there are any areas to review. We plan to review the unit circle and its relationship to radians. We also did some science questions. For next week, the student will do another English section to identify additional concepts to discuss in the future."
"The student and I went through his most recent math test, focusing on the more difficult word problems. As the session progressed, he became steadily more comfortable applying his basic knowledge to other less straight-forward problems."
"The student started to work on testing file input and output with Java. He learned some about the file system of the Mac computer and a little bit about how to use the terminal."