Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over problems involving calculating compound interest and problems involving probability. By the end of the session, the student demonstrated that he was able to solve the problems correctly."
"The student needed to write up a portfolio for unit 2 using one of the given problems. She chose to explain her thought processes for y=2x^2-6x+5. To do so, we walked through step by step how she would show her work mathematically and then she typed it out on the computer. She first had to find the y-intercept and the second x-value that would have the same y-coordinate. She then found the x-coordinate of the vertex by finding the average of the 2 x-values since parabolas are symmetric around the vertex. Plugging this x-value into the standard equation, she found the y-coordinate of the vertex. Next, she found the vertex form of the equation, utilizing the "stretch" factor seen in the standard form of the equation. She multiplied out the vertex form and simplified it to ensure that it matched the original standard form of the equation she was given. We discussed what she has remaining for this semester and that it would be helpful for her to bring her unit 1 & 2 tests to the next session so we can prepare her for her cumulative final exam in 2 weeks."
"We worked on her high school applications. We first organized her thoughts into an outline and then started writing the essays. The student had trouble coming up with ideas."
"The student started a new chapter in his math class, and his teacher gave him a packet that included all the material that will be covered for that unit. We went over the sections that they had started and previewed some of the upcoming ones. We reviewed factoring and quadratic equations as well as concepts that he had trouble with before. He then worked on some of his homework problems to test his knowledge. He got back his test from last week and got an 89. He was engaged and receptive to learning during the session."
"The student got her last test back and we reviewed it (some math errors, and she hadn't been able to set up an integral for a solid of revolution). This week, her homework included some physics problems involving draining tanks and moments of inertia, and we worked on setting up integrals. She's very good at crunching numbers, but has not studied physics and is new to setting up integrals and tracking units."
"We continued to review the concepts the student struggled with the first session. He seemed to have improved from last week, as he was faster to decide which steps he wanted to take and how to do them. He seemed to have difficulty remembering the rules of operations for different signs, so I left him with a study sheet detailing those rules."