Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we finished the cumulative review we started on Sunday. We discussed synthetic division, factoring, solving for roots, and completing the square. I am confident in her ability to perform well on her final exam."
"The student took his semester test today. He worked through each of the problems, and I prompted or offered suggestions as needed. He needed some reminders, especially about conic sections (e.g., circles, ellipses, parabolas), but was able to work through the problems. He had reviewed matrices today, so he did a great job on that part. The exponential and logarithm section, was fresh on his mind, so he also did very well on that section. We will resume tutoring sessions after the break."
"The student and I learned and practiced on two new chapters today. Those chapters are related to expansion and factorization, of algebraic expressions. He was, at first, confused about the algebraic expressions, but in the end, he understood it very well. We will practice more on those after the break. Lastly, we also did some practices on compound interests."
"During this session, the student and I discussed restrictions when it comes to solving differential equations with initial conditions. We spent a significant amount of time, working on integration by parts problems. We worked on problems that involve, using integration by parts multiple times, and also using the tabular method. We ended the session by reviewing, how to solve investment type problems. During the next meeting, we will review the packet that he will work on over the break."
"The student and I met to review for a test. He seemed to understand the bigger concepts, but he made mistakes during the process. He needed help with watching his signs (+/-), and double checking his work, as he goes."
"The student was one day away from her final, so we spent our last session continuing to prepare for that. We worked through the AP review text book, for the topics she had covered thus far. We spent a good portion of our time on covering limits (which can be quite tricky) and made sure that she didn't have any questions about each section in turn. I think she has a much better understanding of a lot of things, then she started the semester with, and I feel that she is well prepared for her final."
"The student and I went through his entire review packet for his final tomorrow. It is cumulative and covered all the topics from this semester. Those subjects included: polynomials, graphing, domain/range, matrices, radicals, imaginary numbers, exponents and simplification. Overall, I think that he is on track to do well. His final is multiple choice, so he understands that he may be able to work backwards, to solve problems."
"We finished area under a curve and then covered definite integrals. He successfully worked several problems. I assigned him problems to work on his own. Next time, we will begin integration techniques."
"I helped the student prepare for her quiz coming that was based on polynomials (x^n equations). We practiced naming polynomials, adding and subtracting them, graphing polynomials with n>=2, long division, and synthetic division. She was fine with the naming of the them and addition and subtraction. She knew all of the shapes. We were factoring cubic equations and were following specific formats ( (a^3-b^3)=>(a-b)(a^2+ab+b^2) ). She understood how to use them. The student needed to be taught how to do long division and synthetic division. We did some extra problems with these and she got them down."
"We continued working on the student's semester exam for math. We added some things to his "Test Taking Tips" paper and went over arithmetic sequences and function rules."
"The student scored an 82 on his last quiz (he had been earning 40 to 60 previously). Since he's now on break, we reviewed the questions he missed on his last quiz, then reviewed material (factors, multiples, and divisibility rules)."
"The student took her practice final and did well. We spent some more time going over all of the problems in her study guide. We practiced with lines and inequalities some more, and then worked every kind of quadratic problem imaginable (factoring, solving, quadratic formula, number of roots, switching forms, multiplying & dividing complex numbers, etc.). She's gotten really good at most of these things."