Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We spent half of the session on new material (converting from standard to vertex form) and half on old material (logarithms). The student had no problem with the new things, but needed a reminder about properties of logs, so I went through how she should write out each step to avoid making mistakes."
"The student finished a worksheet she had started earlier today. She did really well on it, with the exception of two of the complicated exercises of the type that we have not worked on together. I explained them to her, though. She seemed to grasp the concepts. I will certainly put some of those on the next review sheet that I create for her. Her attitude continues to be excellent! It seems as though we both look forward to our next session!"
"The student had an online math assignment today that she worked on for the entire session. It contained a progression of algebra equations to solve that ranged from simple one-step equations to inequalities. She would get a little bit stuck every time she switched to a new set of problems, but once she got a couple under her belt she was sailing through them. At the end, she was getting some rational equations, which her teacher hadn't covered in class yet, which seemed strange to me, but I helped her through them, and she understood the general concept."
"The student completed his algebra homework related to directly and inversely related functions, which included a worksheet with word problems and several problems from the textbook. We also prepared for a vocabulary test that he has this upcoming week."
"We spoke of linear regression, finding the line of best fit, the coefficient of determination, and the standard error of estimate. Most of the time was spent on becoming familiar with the variables, their meaning, and how they are being used to give meaning to a specific value. Vocabulary was of greatest issue, associating the definition with the term and keeping them straight. The student's attitude was good, inquisitive but a bit reserved. Our session used a couple examples from his class material to familiarize him with the terminology with previous completed problems."
"The student and I spent the day working on memorizing and using special angle ratios. We did this by going over the unit circle, the meaning of the x and y values of each point on the circle, and the reflective properties of the circle on the coordinate plane. With a visual and conceptual backing to these trigonometric properties, she was able to attack the problems with much more efficiency and confidence. I gave her a number of challenge questions (word problems and concept-dependent problems) based on the targets she wanted help with (these also included linear speed, angular speed, arc length, degrees-minutes-seconds, compound interest and continuous compound interest), and we left the simpler review problems for her to work on independently."