Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on practicing guess-and-check word problems for her test. I made up some word problems that were similar to the word problems she had done for homework. She was able to solve these word problems easily. Learning how to work backwards and forwards in math just takes time, practice, and patience. Once she can work backwards and forwards through a problem, then she'll show that she truly understands the concept being tested. I also made a percentage word problem that was similar to word problems she had shown me. This problem was a multiple choice problem that could have multiple answers. It would be a good idea to do drills with her to get her more comfortable with converting from decimals to percents and vice versa. Once she has a strong grasp on this, percentage problems will be much easier to solve."
"The student and I worked on a review packet for her upcoming test that covers solving for x and calculating percentages."
"Covered some review topics for the student's final. These included L'Hopital's rule, MVT, and Rolle's Theorem. We also worked on visualizing, drawing, and computing first and second derivatives."
"We completed a trig study guide. The student seemed to have a grasp on the concepts, but still needed to memorize the formulas. We will continue to work on this."
"We further discussed solving for the roots of polynomial equations, this time by way of introducing a substitution inside of a rather complicated equation to make it into the form of a general quadratic polynomial. This involved further discussion about the meaning behind the quadratic formula and how finding the roots for a polynomial with a substitution already performed is not the same as solving the root of the original polynomial before substitution."
"The student worked problems to get ready for this week's test. She did problems involving surface area of prisms, cylinders, pyramids and cones. She did very well."