Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student really impressed me with this session. I found out that his final will only cover probability. He seems to understand the material quite well. Also the fact that he could identify the topics that gave him problems was encouraging."
"We covered logarithmic and exponential integrals. He is handling the material well. I assigned problems for him to work. We are ready to move on to applications of integration."
"I introduced a few new sections of material to the student after going over his previous test. He quickly grasped the new concepts introduced."
"The student and I haven't met in a while, so I was happy to discover that she earned an A in math, on her report card, as well as every other subject. She told me that she is working on solving systems of equations in math. She says she is very comfortable with solving these equations, using the elimination method, however she gets very confused when she needs to solve them using the substitution method. I found some worksheets online, and she completed them. I chose one worksheet in particular because I explained this method to her in two steps, and the worksheet had the two different types of problems on it. The first system of equations that I taught her was pure substitution, where one variable was already given, in the form of another equation. I called these types of equations level one substitution equations. I then showed her, what I call level two substitution equations, where she had to algebraically arrange one of the equations to get the variable by itself. She does understand these problems and I feel she will continue to do quite well in this area of algebra. Equations, in particular, are her strong point. She told me that her teacher started telling the class about systems of equations with three unknown variables. I found an online video, that I used for reference, as I taught her how to do these. It really helped her to see it in a moving video form. She completely understands these types of problems now, and is able to complete them independently."
"The student and I covered how to plot a graph, how to find intercepts (specifically how to find them using the line method), and how to check that you have the correct intercept point for the system. The student had a bit of trouble remembering how to add and/or multiply fractions (especially how to find a common denominator), so I gave her a few short practice problems to try. The student was able to do most of the required steps for the method given in the book no problem, but she needed a little coaching to remember the steps. I gave her a step by step breakdown of the method in writing, and feel confident that she will be able to master the method with practice."
"The student and I had a great session today. We went back to basics a little bit and talked about the different kinds of numbers- real, rational, imaginary, complex, etc., the properties of real numbers, and sets. She did well with this, and I think it proved to be a useful exercise. Sometimes I could tell that she understood what a rational or imaginary number was, but didn't know quite how to explain it, so this was a good exercise in learning how to explain concepts out loud to yourself and other people. While reviewing rational numbers and fractions, we touched on fraction arithmetic and did some examples with adding, multiplying, and dividing fractions. We went over how to convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions. She did great with that and said that the way we it today was easier than what she'd been taught in the past! So that was a win. We finished by starting set theory- unions and intersections of sets. We got started on intersections, a type of set, and will pick up there on Wednesday. We're making good progress!"