Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student informed me that he has a final coming up in a few weeks. Because of this, I instructed him to work on some problems from one of the previous chapters, starting with conic sections, parabolas, circles, and ellipses. This was just a review for him because we went over this chapter several weeks ago. We plan to try to meet more during the week, and I gave him a plan on how to study for his exam."
"We went over exponential rules as well as graphing logarithmic functions. The student was struggling with understanding the methods, but hopefully as we go through the material, it will become less difficult. She did well on her last quiz."
"We covered simplifying radicals, inverse functions, and square roots of functions. We also briefly covered thermodynamics in chemistry. The student was not struggling very much with the math, he knew most of the formulas or processes, and only needed small bits of help here and there when he had the wrong sign or similar problem. With thermodynamics, he seems to have a good grasp on the examples that he has shown me from his coursework. He had a good attitude towards the material, the math didn't frustrate him very much, and the chemistry he can do just fine. I gave him some strategies in thermodynamics. I will be looking into getting some thermodynamics test preparation questions for next week."
"We went over problems on finding limits of functions and worked through different techniques to solve these types of problems. We reviewed quadratic equations and standard forms, graphed parabolas, and covered topics to prepare student for their upcoming quiz. The student benefited from working through problems slowly, seeing the solution step by step."
"The student and I covered simplification of rational expressions. The student has a test coming up so we looked at two review sheets, one with numerical problems and one with word problems. We discussed strategies for digesting the word problems into the appropriate equation to solve (once the equation was found, she could solve it easily)."
"Today was my first session with the student. We reviewed his previous chapters in order so that I can extrapolate 4-5 future lesson plans. He had a small problem set he was working with regarding trigonometric functions and the Pythagorean theorem utilized to determine side length of triangles within a given quadrant or related to two specific trig equations. I modeled each question of the problem set. While we only worked with the pre-calculus text, I also discussed some questions with him about his current chemistry class. This was a good intro session and strong groundwork can now be laid in the next session."