Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I worked with student 1 first through the algebra book. She is very excited to get through the book quickly because there is an opportunity for her to take a high school advancement class this summer and she wants to get accepted into it. We went through the chapter review of what we have worked on over the past few months and began to cover different mathematical properties (such as the cumulative property and the associative property). I then worked with student 2 on her homework and a review sheet for a quiz coming up. The review sheet consisted of simplifying square roots and solving for x when in a quadratic equation (either by simplifying or factoring). Her homework was solving equations using the quadratic formula and we reviewed completing the square. She understood the concept of the quadratic formula. Student 3 then worked on her homework. It consisted of proofs with tangent lines of two different circles. It required some abstract thinking, but after practicing through the worksheet, I think the quizzes or tests would have similar proofs. I also helped her with some chemistry very quickly concerning an experiment she did. The questions were about relating the polarity of the substances and the idea of like dissolves like."
"The student and I met today to work on calculus, in preparation for an exam this week. We were focusing on power series representation and on Taylor series. I showed her the process by which I find it easiest to compute power series so that I can easily compute radius of convergence and interval of convergence. Taylor series are not difficult, and we focused on the basics of their computation."
"The student and I spent time covering factors and divisors and their properties. We did some worksheets and also played some review games."
"We covered the reciprocal trigonometric functions such as secant, cosecant, and cotangent. We also did some graphing on these functions. We covered an exercise on how to apply the trigonometric concepts to data in order to obtain a function describing a natural phenomenon. The student did a great job as usual. He seems to catch on fast to the ideas behind the concepts that we covered. He does have sufficient exercises to go over on his own."
"Today we continued working on her long division. This continues to be our main focus during our sessions. We also continued working on her reading. She's made great improvements on sounding out words and asking for help when she needs it."
"The student and I covered trapezoid-related proofs during our session. Many of them were difficult and required knowledge of past sessions, but she was able to work through many of them. Much of this type of work is meant to integrate specific theorems with past chapter material. The student received a 92% on her past exam, and her mother informed me that she is now at an A-grade level."