Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the assignments and practice problems. I gave him a few more practice problems. He did really well after I showed him how to write out the equations rather than try to do them in his head. We went briefly into simple and complex square roots as well as simplifying complex square roots. I gave him a few practice problems for his assignment."
"Thanks to holidays and more snow days, the student has only had one math class since our last meeting. Today we did some more in-depth practice with factoring and exponents, paying special attention to factoring out common terms first and to the exponent rules, including negatives. He is not getting everything right yet, especially with negative exponents, but he has made great improvements and is doing most of the work on his own now. Getting factoring and exponents to be just about automatic will serve him very well in the rest of Algebra II and in future math classes, so it's worth the extra attention now. Tomorrow he expects his synthetic division test back, so we'll see how he did. He has some new exponents problems to work on as well."
"Today, the student and I met to discuss Taylor and Maclaurin Series. She had been learning about them in class recently and was not sure exactly how they worked. We went over the chapter and I showed her the relevant formulas. After discussing how the formulas worked, we took a look at a few of the examples in her text, and then she tried some for herself. She caught on quickly and had little trouble with creating a Maclaurin Series and figuring out its radius of convergence. We will meet again next week to discuss any new topics she goes over in class."
"Today, we finished the student's final exam review from his teacher. Topics included scientific notation, rational numbers, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying and dividing fractions, properties of math, and simplifying variable expressions. We practiced a few problems from each section; he will finish the rest to best prepare himself for the final"
"The student and I worked on an online assignment that covered factoring, equations, interest, regression, inequalities, etc. He needed help working to prepare for a test, and after going through each type of problem he was able to focus on problem areas. He knows the material, but needs to double check his work and answers to make sure they make sense, and are in the correct format for the online program. He should be okay for the course, but we may meet again to go over any additional material that he needs help with."
"We worked on finishing the review packet and the student struggled a bit with factoring of cubic polynomials, and using the calculator to find an equation that best fits a data set. He needs more practice as he seems to be unfamiliar with some of the topics we covered."
"Went over basics of integrals, and derivatives. Discussed the relationship between function, single derivative, and double derivative -- and how integrals relate to that. Good session for a first session."
"We covered sections 7.1-7.3 in her statistics textbook as well as some questions I printed out and brought. The student did very well at understanding the material, although there was some confusion about how to use the calculator during portions. I have no pressing concerns from this meeting and expect her to get a good score on her AP Statistics quiz this Tuesday."
"We focused on her final review assignment. We worked on some improper integrals, impartial fractions with integration, integration of trig functions, and determining volumes using the cylindrical shell method."
"We went over the student's recent and upcoming class material involving exponents and logarithms. We went over sum, difference, and power rules for logarithms and explained how various bases for logarithms can be calculated algebraically. We also went over base changes and graphs of logarithms. We ended, up three homework assignments ahead, at the end of the session, with the student feeling extremely confident in solving each of the problems up to the next test's material."
"The student and I, continued to practice for his upcoming Algebra 2 midterm. We focused this session on solving complex equations, as well as understanding linear functions. He seems to understand when I help him along, but needs a little help thinking of the solution for himself. I encouraged him to keep using his practice materials, and book as he gets ready for the upcoming test."
"During the last session with the student, we reviewed some calculus questions he was having issues with. We focused on differential equations involving exponential functions. He was able to solve most of the questions he had. There was one main problem that was a little bit of a challenge but we managed to work it out. Breaking down the problems into discrete steps instead of solving them in a single step will help him avoid mistakes."