Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued reviewing the student's final review packet, including vector probs. His final is Wednesday. I'm sure he'll do great, can't wait to hear. I wish him the best!!"
"We reviewed the final exam study guides in the back of each chapter of the textbook for the specific units and discussed various problems in preparation for the final exam."
"We began work on her pre-calculus course work. Last week we finished the topic of conic sections and were preparing for the probability, permutations, and combinations lesson. I asked if she had any questions or problems regarding the new lesson topic and if we should review the lesson. She said no; she felt the topic was clear and had no difficulty completing the quiz questions. She did want help completing an end of unit project. The project consisted of applying the concepts of parabolas to a physical/engineering scenario. The difficulty she had was not in preforming the mathematics but in extracting details and interpreting information form the introductory paragraph into mathematical values."
"Started our pre-calc review today. I decided to start with polynomial functions, using synthetic division to find zeroes. The student picked up the process of synthetic division quickly. He is good at repeating steps, but he doesn't always understand WHY we do certain processes. We worked on a few different types of problems/situations that call for synthetic division and also used it to predict the graphs of polynomial functions."
"I spent time with all three boys in this session. I began the session working with Student 1 on review of material for an upcoming exam. This was mostly vocabulary work. We discussed strategies for recall of vocabulary terms, and then I had him explain how he would complete the problems without actually doing them. I next worked with Student 2 on pre-calculus review, also for an upcoming exam. The biggest issue he had at this point was recognizing which technique he should use to approach a problem. Once he was on track, he could complete problems successfully. He and I also worked on logarithms and how to manipulate them algebraically. I finished the session with Student 3, working on geometry with him. He did well on these problems, and my function was mostly to help make sure he didn't rush the problems."
"The student had some doubts about exponential and logarithmic functions. We started comparing the properties of the graphs of a couple of logarithmic functions and their inverse. Next, we studied how to get inverse functions and to understand mathematically where they come from. Finally, we studied how to solve equations involving logarithmic and exponential expressions, and we covered a couple of properties of expansion and contraction of the logarithms. I left, advising him to solve the rest of his problems from homework to fully understand the material."