Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I asked for feedback about last time. The student said that the explanations helped her to see what was going on and how the different formulas were related to the problems. I asked her to parametrize the parabola y=x^2-5x+6, this prompted a review of completing the square. She also worked out a parametrization from factoring the right hand side. To parametrize an ellipse, I asked her to make a substitution. I asked what equation it looked like, and she said a circle. I gave her some practice problems at the end. I gave her an optimization problem with a sphere and a cylinder, a problem involving the chain rule, and an implicit differentiation problem."
"Studied for the student's upcoming test over circles, arcs, and angles. With practice he really grasped how to use the information he was given to figure out the information he needed. His biggest weaknesses were vocabulary and notation, but I think with a little more review, he will have no problem with vocab and as long as he goes over his work, the notation shouldn't be a problem."
"Reviewed geometry: quadrilaterals, triangles and circles. Gave the student notes. Worked on guided and independent practice."
"Today the student worked on several worksheets that I brought. First she worked on understanding slope. She practiced finding the slope of a line from looking at a graph and also how to write the equation of a line by looking at its slope and y-intercept. We then worked on solving some simple algebraic equations, first with just one variable and then we progressed on to more difficult systems of equations with multiple variables. The student did very well with just some refreshing on techniques and concepts. I will continue to bring worksheets that challenge her including more graphing and more complex algebra."
"We went over all the concepts that she has already learned the past few weeks, since she has not been tested on them yet. This included rounding significant figures, finding surface area and volume of shapes, and finding the nth term. Reviewing the material gave her a better understanding and a reminder of some of the formulas and concepts she has to understand. She is doing really well so far."
"In this session, we focused both on math and English. We began with the quadratic equation for the student's algebra test. He had to solve for x using a variety of strategies, including completing the square, using the quadratic formula, factoring, and solving with square roots. As the best way to learn is through teaching, I had the student teach me the strategies that he was using while correcting the test. Overall he did well. Next, we took some time to edit an essay on courage. Most of the revisions focused on adding clarity to vague or ambiguous ideas. We ended with more math. First, we did some practice problems with the quadratic equation, and lastly played some math trivia, a more cumulative review."