Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I went over section 8.3 where he had 4 problems starred. For trig substitution, he needs to pay attention to making sure he checks each step for accuracy. Making the correct triangle, making sure he integrates correctly. For partial fractions, he needs to make sure his algebra is accurate and he only does log law transformations that are legal (i.e. products<->added, fractions<->subtracted, exponents<->coefficients). He is working on the rest of 8.4 and 8.5 for our Wednesday session. We are focusing on changing his approach to problems -- getting him to check his work more carefully, write more steps out rather than in his head and making sure he justifies why he is choosing each method he's choosing, similar to geometry proofs."
"The student and I reviewed for her Pre Calculus exam by practicing the particular problems she was having trouble with. We covered solving problems including trigonometric functions. In particular we were solving problems that involved the use of double angle and half angle formulas. We practiced solving them most of the time to ensure that she knew how to do them properly."
"Began studying for the ACT, which the student will be taking in mid April. We went through one section of English and nearly a whole section of science. Discussed the differences between the ACT and SAT and how to go about this test differently. He seems very comfortable on the English section and very competent on the science. I am confident that with more practice and greater comfort with the test, he can achieve a high score on the ACT."
"After briefly reviewing simple integration and anti-derivatives of simple functions, we proceeded to cover integration by "U substitution." This session proceeded very quickly and the student was able to grasp this concept easily. We spent the latter half of the session doing practice problems."
"The student's assignment was to write an expository essay on the cause of global warming. I introduced the method of making a concept map first, sketching out the topics to be covered in each paragraph. He then wrote the first draft and found ourselves at the end of the session. He said that he would type up the paper and ask his sister to help him with the final editing. I hope to write more essays with him and help him learn how to organize his thoughts and be able to express them with more ease."
"I covered some equations that he needs to know for his upcoming AP exam. He did pretty well understanding the content. His attitude was fine. I simplified some slides from his teacher's PowerPoint. The win is that he seems to be understanding each slide for the most part."