Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She and I continued reviewing polynomial functions and systems of equations. We were fortunate to have the whole 1.5 hours to tackle problems that will be on the upcoming exam and reviewed problems from the previous exam that she was still unsure about."
"She thinks she did pretty well on her chemistry exam. I'm pretty sure she did too. Tonight we worked on her physics homework, then we got a head start on her math homework. Since it's fall break, the goal is to get as far ahead on her math assignments as possible to take some of the pressure off her. We covered using ratios to solve chemistry problems and we went over parallelograms."
"He and I reviewed for his formative test coming up which is on Thursday. We went over GCF, LCM, laws of exponents, prime factorization, and factoring. He seemed to struggle the most on the factoring portion because he wasn't sure how the actual process worked. I explained to him the process of factoring is finding the GCF of the expression and then dividing each term by that GCF. In addition, we also worked on a review sheet he had on those concepts."
"We covered three variable systems of equations, reviewed the ambiguous case of the law of sines, word problems that required you to infer three equations then solve the system of equations by substitution and elimination, why the unit circle had the values that it did, and the implications of that for triangles, and I went over her math portfolio that was due the following day. At the end of the session, I gave her a practice problem for the ambiguous case of the law of sines and she completed the entire problem without help from me, and got the answers correct. I have no doubt that she will do very well on her test retake. Additionally, she seems to really understand and grasp the concept of solving systems of equations."
"She has a quiz on Tuesday over solving systems of equations and computing determinants of matrices. She was good on solving two equations and two variables. Next, we worked on computing determinants. She has the 2 by 2 matrix down. For 3 by 3, I showed her two different ways to compute. One way seemed to work much better than the other so we stuck with that one."
"For Monday's session we strictly went over basic integration by substitution problems. He has a midterm soon and this is one of the concepts he is least familiar with. Towards the end he seemed to be getting the hang of it, and I left him with detailed solutions of the 4 problems we didn't get to so that he could finish them himself and look over the solutions if necessary. With more practice he should be well-prepared for his midterm."
"This session we began to cover some group theory. Much of this material is very proof-based, so we tried to cover some techniques involved in proof writing."
"We mainly reviewed for his test this week. I helped him understand some of his minor errors as well as make him aware of some of the mistakes he makes. We covered related rates one last time as well. Overall, he seemed more comfortable with the material as well as more aware to be more careful of his work."
"We discussed the student's recent geometry quiz and reworked the problems he missed. After that we worked on more systems of equations. We started with systems with some 0 coefficients and worked up to problems with full sets. We worked until the student was able to get the correct answer comfortably and on his own. We discussed plans to help him study for his upcoming exams and planned what we would work on next session to prepare for the exam."
"We covered an exam prep for AP statistics, covering normal distribution and like questions, statistical representation (bar graphs vs. histograms), design experiments randomization, and linear regression. I did not see the grades yet from Monday, but the student indicated he felt more confident after taking the test. I left the student with extra problems which would need to be covered by the professor or himself."
"We worked on algebraic expressions involving terms with the same base and different exponents. The student did a very good job using the quotient and product rules of exponents to simplify expressions. We practiced multiple problems in which the student showed consistent problems only have some trouble with special cases. After explanation on those special cases, he completed them successfully."
"The student had two math quizzes which he did badly on and had another quiz coming up. Therefore, we reviewed that material that was on the previous quizzes. While it was tough for the student to concentrate, he concentrated a lot better than the previous session for the first hour. I think the student understood the material, and hopefully he will be able to concentrate enough when he takes the next quiz. After reviewing the quizzes, we did as much as we could of the student's math homework. While doing this, the student really wanted to finish so it was even harder to him to concentrate. Throughout the session, I had the student take a 10 minute break after every 20 minutes or so. This motivated the student through the session."