Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through a few pages of the physical chemistry textbook that the student is studying and reasoned out some of the mathematical notation that is used. We also talked about some conceptual topics such as the convention of potential energy and why 'negative' energy is favorable."
"We went over mostly precalculus material. I have seen no scores yet and the student has an exam next Thursday. He mainly just needs some time to refresh his memory of trigonometry and algebra before he will be ready to tackle limits and derivatives. I left him a practice problem set and we have scheduled another session for Sunday. He did well, I have no specific concerns."
"The student needed to meet this morning to review some material on finding derivatives by the limit definition for an upcoming quiz. We practiced mostly with polynomial functions and one radical function, applying derivatives to slopes of tangent lines and to velocity of motion functions."
"Today we went over derivatives for inverse trigonometric functions along with implicit differentiation. Today, I saw that the student made huge progress as he was now able to easily grasp all the different types of problems along with the shortcuts that are available to solve the problems. The student just needed to review some of the power rules and trig rules, in which case, it cannot be even called a struggle. At first, he did have a hard time trying to understand the differentiation of powers such as (a^x). However, with some rigorous review of power rules, we were able to overcome that struggle. Some practice such as leftover homework assignments were left. Other than this, this session was great and very easy flowing."
"We went through practice problems on finding the surface area of a figure formed by rotating a function around the axis. She uses the formula well and does a good job with u-substitution. We will focus on algebra and having her better keep track of her steps."
"First, we reviewed the exam that the student had last week, and we went over the questions she missed, and reworked the problems she lost points on. Then we worked on chapter 4.8 in her text book, which were word problems using the formula (rate)(time)=Distance. Her grade increased significantly on her exam (according to her parents' report). Almost all of the issues on the exam were minor sign change mistakes, but she showed a good grasp on all the material for the exam. She is doing really well understanding material. I told her I would email her some extra drill problems tomorrow so that she can practice more problems with tricky signs."
"For our session, I continued discussing project problems with the student and answered her questions. Then, we went over problems involving use of Maple software. Finally, I also helped her with small problems that involved functions of two variables and the limits. The student was making progress in understanding materials and our session was productive."
"We covered new topics and utilized the homework to understand the forms and applications. This was all on ellipse formulas and graphing. The session went well and we took the time to understand each problem. The student will be able to complete her next sets of homework using the basics we covered."
"The student reviewed his last exam. He corrected all the incorrect answers. During the correction he was provided modeling of the solution sets and guiding questions. He also completed his homework in which he practiced rates, and plotting on a graph from a student made chart. He was provided modeling of several examples and guiding questions to complete his work. He was also asked to bring his calculator for the next session, and to complete three problems from his exam which were incorrect for independent practice."
"We went through her exam review. It was solving the inequalities by graphing them, equations by elimination and substitution and equations by use of the matrix. Then we went through her homework for matrices. I explained to her how she has to set them up and use the calculator to find the final answers. She understood how to do them and use the calculator for these kinds of question. We also solved 2 questions for Cramer's rule. She is doing well but she needs to practice a little more."
"The student had two review worksheets to complete for math. They involved skip counting, basic multiplication, area, adding with regrouping, and word problems. She needed the most help with the adding with regrouping. We will continue to work on place value using base ten manipulatives to strengthen her skills. She did really well on last week's math test and scored 18/20. I'm so pleased with her progress."
"We completed the student's imaginary number homework that involved simplification, foiling and using i in place of the square root of negative one. We reviewed how to split the square root of a given number into multiples of that number, specifically multiples that were perfect squares. The student is much more confident and comfortable with algebra."