Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In preparation for the student's test tomorrow, we reviewed parabolas. We examined the difference between standard form and vertex form and how to change from one form to the other. We discussed the benefits of each form. For example, in assessing the "a" variable in standard form, we can determine if the parabola points up or down, and we can determine if it will be narrow, wide, or normal. The vertex form makes it easy to find the vertex of the parabola. She walked me through some parabola graphing problems, and I shared some strategies in how to find the roots mathematically. We reviewed factoring and completing the square. In preparing for the test, I suggested that she "think like the teacher" and review all worksheets, keeping in mind that they were assigned for a purpose. I also encouraged her to double-check her answers whenever possible to avoid losing points on easily identified mistakes. This is easy to do in factoring problems, as they can be double-checked by completing them in reverse. I believe she is prepared for her test."
"During this session, the student and I took a deeper look into integrating natural log and exponential functions, u substitutions, the average and mean value theorem, local mins and maxes, optimization and separable differential equations. We first looked at some integrals and derivatives of natural log and exponential functions. After explaining the formulas for each function, we worked a few practice problems. Afterwards, we worked some min/max and optimization problems, both of which are very closely related to one another. We finished the session by looking at how to solve implicit functions using separable differentiation. We touched on the topics of the average and mean value theorems at the end of the session and attempted to go over Euler's method, but we ran out of time. I provided her with a site that covers Euler's method in detail."
"Reviewed solving exponents, equations with 3 variables, and radical equations. We also reviewed upper extremity musculature in relation to an action, such as throwing a ball."
"The student and I reviewed multiplication tables, multi-step multiplication and division problems and rounding. His issues with multi-step problems consist of unclear understanding of the steps involved, organization, and hurrying to finish. We addressed the issues and went through practice problems where I showed him the correct way and he then showed me step by step how to complete the problems given. He is on the right path and with more practice, I am confident his skills and understanding will increase."
"The student seemed calm and friendly upon my arrival; she remained focused throughout the session. She needed help with recalling multiplication facts; she used the "array" that I showed her strategy to solve some of the problems. She worked on multiplication, multiplication facts, reading comprehension, and fluency. She completed two full pages of multiplication problems. She later learned about giraffes and bats by reading "Giants of the Grasslands" and "Upside Down Works Best." She completed the questions associated with the passages, and answered questions posed by me as well. We ended the session by reading some pages of the book "The BFG." She seems to enjoy reading about the story's main character. Strategies included structured format, visual schedule, Socratic method, and verbal praise and prompts."
"Today, the student worked on homework on fractions, and we reviewed her exam errors from her recent exam. She understood and fixed her mistakes easily."