Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This lesson the student continued to look at sequences and series, working through a new homework packet. He understands basic arithmetic/geometric sequences/series and can apply sum-of-series formulas without much trouble. He wanted more practice in preparation for his next quiz, so I assigned him problems from the book. Next time I will give him practice problems covering advanced topics, such as infinite series, which we covered today as well. After a bit of discussion, he seemed interested and tried a few recursive problems. These were challenging but within reach."
"We worked more in depth on logarithms, because he has a test on Tuesday. We worked on different manipulations or logarithms, the different problems they can be used to solve, and different ways to solve problems. We went over exponential decay problems, and regular "find x" problems. He had some more difficult problems in his packet, so we found out how to solve problems using the graph on his calculator, and then solving for the specific answer."
"This week the student and I worked on ratios and proportions. He had already done his homework during his free time so it's great to see that he's been listening to my advice! Moreover, I had him work on practice problems from his textbook. He worked on a variety of computational and word problems until he was completing them with excellent efficiency. His progress is steady and that makes me glad as his tutor."
"Although I was originally hired as the student's SAT Math tutor, he insisted that he feels ready for SAT Math and asked me to help him with AP Statistics. We spent the entire session going over any questions from a practice test that he got wrong. We went over formulas, the meaning of t test and p values, confidence intervals, standard deviations and variances, normal distributions, etc. He mentioned the session helped him a lot and asked that we continue statistics next week as well. Since he spends nearly every day of the week doing practice tests, I did not assign him homework."
"We covered radical expressions and rational exponents today. The student definitely has a marked improvement in her comprehension of the material. I left her with a few things to practice before our next session. I have no concerns from this session."
"In geometry, the student did pretty well. She needed to find the area of various figures, and while it required multiple steps she solved them with little difficulty. She is getting better at working with exponents as well!"
"In our session, the student and I continued working on the manipulation of ration functions through factoring, distributing, and dividing. He showed progress in understanding these concepts very well."
"This was my first session with the student, so I used it to gauge where she's at in her algebra II class. She has a pretty good grasp of most of the material, so we spent most of the time working on conic sections (equations of circles, ellipses, parabolas, and hyperbolas) and solving for the intersection points as well as graphing. I did a few of them with her to go through the process, then let her do a few on her own. For the rest of the session, we worked on her homework for the weekend, which involved arithmetic and geometric sequences/series (both finite and infinite)."
"During this session the student and I went over the questions that she missed on her last exam. For a few of these questions, she was able to see her mistake immediately. She may have missed these due to the pressure of the test environment. If time permits, I recommend doing practice tests under timed test conditions."
"We reviewed a lab over echinoderms, proofread some paragraph problems, and percents, decimals, and fractions. We also reviewed percent, part, and whole. There was a grade of 80 on her math exam last week to note. The student struggled the most with finding the whole when given a percent. The student was not sent any extra practice, because she will be getting new material this week. I have no concerns from this session."
"The student had finished up the material from last time so we began a new subject: applications of integrals. We began with the most basic application, namely area between curves. I explained the basics where you just subtract the two functions based on which is above the other and then integrate. The key is finding your critical values where you functions are equal and determining how to properly graph the functions. I tried to stress to the student that she should be working on the material more on her own so that we can spend our time together more efficiently. I think with hard work and dedication she can pull her grade up before the years end."
"We covered mostly his homework, with a concentration on graphing, geometry, and word problems. He definitely has scientific notation down, and is starting to understand how equations work a bit better. He's just struggling with how to approach the more complicated problems right now, as he often doesn't know where to begin when confronted with a difficult word problem. This will hopefully improve as he experiences more of them. He was left with a few more pages of homework."