Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over optimization problems and position/velocity/acceleration problems in depth. The student was having difficulties visualizing 3D objects, but after working on them for a while he improved significantly! I left him with extra practice for problems and extruded objects."
"The student is in winter session so he does not have math right now. However, we did a review of the most recent chapters so that he is prepared for his classes coming up this week."
"We created the last half of a study plan for midterms. We reviewed Algebra concepts (specifically simplification of variables raised to powers)."
"The student asked for me to check the parts of his trigonometric homework sheet already completed. Many used good logical reasoning and other parts which were not properly completed were used to focus on rework. He was quickly able to apply the trigonometric functions to problems and solve for angles and side measures, so we were able to more quickly arrive at more complex word problems. We discussed how to set up the problems according to what had been asked. As I used inquiry to guide him to draw a useful diagram and then label all parts, he was very able to apply the trigonometric functions. He became so good at solving these problems and correcting himself any time he created an error, I gave him a very open-ended problem to solve on his own. I asked him to find the direct distance to a tower downtown from his house by using only a compass and the Internet. He came up with a good solution, looking up the height of the tower online, then using the compass to measure the angle at which his site caught the tip of the tower. I asked him to then draw the diagram which would lead to the solution, which he did perfectly. He understood that the base distance, which he called "x" must be solved for to find the distance from his home to the building, and his method of structuring the problem was excellent. We briefly ended with a discussion of whether or not this would hold true in real life, as we noted that from where he is in the suburbs to downtown, the curvature of the Earth would become a factor which would make the calculation much less accurate, though still possibly a good estimate."
"The student and I reviewed her assignment covering Hyperbolas. She was very confident with the material, and was even able to complete her graded homework during our session. She only needed assurance that she was doing the correct method for the problems."
"The student said she didn't do very well on her last test in trigonometry, so we decided it would be best for us to spend this week working on math to prepare for her upcoming quiz. She worked through her homework covering arc and arc length. I noticed she was having the most difficulty understanding what the question was asking for- although she could complete most of the problems, she had to continually look back at the beginning of the worksheet to see which set of steps she should follow. I explained the vocabulary and had her work on problems without referring to her notes. We also spent time working ahead and going over finding sector area. Next session she will take a practice test covering those two topics plus any new topics from Wednesday."