Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Began reviewing for final is calculus and physics. Covered convergence of series (mostly with the ratio test) and power series for functions. Also covered some more thermodynamics (heat loss in buildings)."
"The student wanted to go over volume again, so we started from the beginning, covering the disk/washer and shell methods. I created diagrams and used objects from around the house to better describe the concepts. He is now much more comfortable with the concept. We will move on to integration by parts."
"The first student had a lot of review problems covering the FOIL method and distributing and multiplying polynomials. We will continue to focus on how to multiply binomials by trinomials, but overall she's doing well. Then I went over a test the second student had taken. A lot of the mistakes she made involved material we had reviewed, so I had her go back over it again and do practice problems. We also worked on proportions, the unit she is currently studying."
"We worked on the introduction to functions and went through the practice problems after each subsection. I asked the student to finish a set of practice problems, then go through the next subsection and do the practice problems there, also."
"The final tutoring session was productive as we worked on inequalities and in addition to the problems from his textbook, I decided to make up a few more problems for him to work. He's consistently shown promise in this area of mathematics."
"The student has a final in chemistry coming up and needed to do test remediation in math. Since math was the subject he wanted to focus on more, I began by going over the main topics in chemistry for his final so we could get it out of the way and spend more time on math. After going through two sections of chemistry, we started on the test remediation problems in math. A lot of the problems covered graphing equations of lines and using various given information to determine and equation or the equation of a relative line. He seems to understand most of the concepts, but he seems to have trouble using all of the individual concepts together to come to the answer."
"In today's session, the student and I reviewed graphing using table and intercepts methods, finding slope two ways. We also reviewed graphing using slope intercept method, finding equation of line given graph, two points, parallel/perpendicular to a given line with given y intercept and table of points."
"Today, the student brought a new worksheet to work on. This assignment focused on basic induction and we worked together to find a method that he the student understood. We applied what we learned on the first problem to the others in the set, and found them to be similar. We were able to finish half of the problems and the student will look at the rest before our meeting next week."
"During this session the student and I looked over questions from her midterm. We discussed taking derivatives of inverse trig functions, finding relative extrema, particle motion, and problems in which a collection of points on a curve are given and the student is asked questions about that curve and its derivatives. She is absolutely beginning to develop a proficiency in many of the calculus concepts that we have been discussing, so I also worked on developing her confidence. She often approaches problems with hesitancy, but I believe she now has the tools to shed some of that apprehension."
"Per the parents' request, I worked with the student's sister today. We covered example questions in her review packet, and looked over some core formulas she will need to have memorized in order to succeed in the second semester. All in all, a good amount of progress was made, and she was able to handle questions of a certain unit on her own after a few guided practice questions with me."
"1/4: In today's meeting, the student and I reviewed questions 1-16 of the exam. She appears stronger in algebra than trig. We worked on concepts such as negative powers, inequalities, direct vs. inverse proportionality. She just needed a hint/refresher in systems of equations. In trig, we covered concepts such as the unit circle, the details of a sine/cosine wave, and how to take an arcsin. Trig will probably need to be the focus area, assigned the rest of the test for homework and showed her some websites for some helpful lectures."
"We worked on the final packet he received last quarter. We almost completed the packet except for one page. Some of the topics we covered were solving equations using matrices and a calculator. We worked in on solving quadratic equations and finding the determinant if a quadratic equation. The student understood many of the concepts once he was shown how to do them the first time. He needs more practice as that seems to be all that is lacking. The concepts are not difficult for him to understand, they just seem unfamiliar at first."