Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is going over basic spatial geometry in class, mainly area/circumference of circles. He feels pretty good about the material, but we went over some of his homework packets anyways. This didn't take very long so we started doing the questions that his teacher told them to wait to do, involving compound-shape perimeters & areas. After that I started to explain the relationship between a circle's radius and its area. I introduced the graph/idea of a second-degree relationship between variables. He understood it pretty well, considering he probably won't learn it until next year. I told the student to get a list of topics for the next month from his teacher, so we can go over new things in later sessions."
"The student and I focused on fraction problems in short and extended answer format. We reviewed the concept of equivalent fractions, and how to discern what information to look for from a word problem. We also reviewed how to remember basic multiplication. He held focus pretty well during the session and I would be happy to work with him again - he could definitely use some practice with multiplication tables outside of class though."
"The student had a quiz coming up on 4 sections from the textbooks, so we went over the lesson of each section and did some practice problems. The first section was simply using exponential equations (calculating solutions and finding multipliers). The next section started graphing the equations and using growth vs decay examples as well as compounded interest. The third section introduced logarithms and switching between logs and exponential equations. The last section was a review of the properties of logs, such as adding logs of the same base equal log (that equal base) a x b, with a and b representing the values within the log expression. She picked up the exponential equations very quickly, only struggling with remembering the jargon associated with it (as in the principle or multiplier). She struggled much more with translating logarithms into exponential equations (she could do the vice versa just fine). We did lots of practice on this until it became more natural. The last lesson was fresh in the student's mind from that day of class, so she did those all very well."
"During this session, the student finished up her math homework problems. The problem set was comprised of difficult modeling, Hooke's law, arc length, surface areas, and some volumetric modeling methods. I think that she was getting a much better hold of the material this morning. These are difficult not only because the material is tough, but because she is dealing with difficult material for other classes, too. I understand how tough is can be, and she is doing a great job dealing with it. Great job!"
"We reviewed the topics we talked about last time we met. There was integration by substitution, using tables to do integrals and some trigonometric integrals."
"Met with the student online. Worked on her 2nd assignment that's due on Monday. Took some action items to research and help her with Cpk. I will go over her assignment and reconvene tomorrow at 2:00 pm."