Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today was the first time we have met since the Thanksgiving holiday. We did a large review over everything she has learned in the semester. We started with graphing equations and inequalities, solving matrices, and factoring. It was a good session, and we made great progress."
"Today the student and I worked on his Algebra. Since our last session, he completed the end of chapter test for chapter five. He only had a few questions and we were able to work through them and continue on with chapter six (the start of powers). He is making great progress and is ahead of his class. When we next meet we will be mainly focusing on practice problems for chapter five and the first part of chapter six to make sure he has not forgotten anything important."
"The student had two more quizzes/lessons that he needed to do. The first quiz was on exponential functions. He worked through the ten questions on the quiz, and I assisted as needed; This time, I tried using the calculator to show him what each graph looks like so he could compare a parent function to one that's been shifted up/down/right/left. He got a 9/10 on the quiz! He then did the other quiz on logarithmic functions. This quiz, though on logarithms, actually offered him many opportunities to practice algebra to solve equations. Sometimes he knows exactly what to do (e.g., add, subtract) and sometimes he gets stuck. The second-to-last problem, he converted a function from logarithmic form to exponential form without any prompting! He got a 9/10 on the quiz. On Thursday he needs to take the Unit 2 Test, and then he will be done for the semester."
"Today, the student and I reviewed various ways to factor (differences of squares, differences/sums of cubes, grouping, and greatest common factor). We further applied these methods to find roots (real and imaginary) of given functions."
"Today we covered simplifying radicals and powers and graphing inequalities. I let the student get into factoring quadratic expressions as well. He did pretty well and seemed to grasp everything by the end of the session."
"During this session we went over Rolle's, mean value, and extrema thermos. This was essentially the same as what we looked at last week except during this session we looked at more complicated derivatives and arctrig functions. Overall this session went well and I was pleased to hear that he received a 90 in his exam which is the highest he's ever gotten."
"Last tutoring session was a review for the student's quiz this week. We went over various different examples of all topics that will be on his quiz. He understands the concept and understands how to do all of the problems. He needs to remember the formulas, and it looked like he had that down. He should be prepared for his quiz and I will touch bases with him after the break."
"The student and I reviewed for her upcoming algebra final. We spent most of our time reviewing word problems involving rate, distance, and time. We also reviewed word problems, that involved mixtures of solutions and rates of work. We then practiced solving, and graphing inequality statements. Finally, we reviewed how to simplify rational expressions with factoring."
"The student practiced converting decimals to percents and vice versa. She also did some word problems, to help her learn how to find the total cost of an item, including tax. At first, these word problems were difficult. With practice, she was able to do them without help. At the end of the session, she worked on looking at a series of patterns, to use her problem solving skills to find a formula to find the 100th unit in the set. With practice, problems like this will help her improve her problem solving skills."
"Student 1, Student 2 and I, worked on their final review packets, covering differentiation, integration, the fundamental theorem of calculus, the mean value theorem, chain rule, quotient rule, position/velocity functions, finding tangent lines to a curve at a given point, volume maximization problems, domain, range and limits."
"The student and I reviewed for his summative exam, that is today, as well as reviewing a new skill he learned on square roots and absolute value. This time, he did have a review packet, so we started there, and he went page by page with me, and jotted down each concept he had stumbled on. Those topics were: multiplying/dividing negative numbers, evaluation given a specific value, adding/subtracting integers, multiplying/dividing fractions, and multiplying/dividing exponents. He seemed to do well on the newer material, but needed a refresher on the old topics. After explaining each concept, we did a problem set after each. We then did a practice test that wrapped up all those concepts, as well as a practice test that covered all concepts in his review packet."
"We prepared for the student's final exam with the guideline from his test review packet. I focused on trying to show him a general picture of the class, and how some concepts should be related to each other, and the logic behind the applications of them. He said he needs help in finding the limits of some expressions analytically, so we also practiced for that, after the review."