Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I went over the assignments and practice problems. He did fine with basic multiplications of roots, but he struggles a bit with simplifying roots in fractions, especially when they are in the denominator. I gave him practice on simplifying complex numbers them into a multiplication of smaller factors, which helps him with square roots that involves larger numbers. We then went into solving quadratic equations involving square roots and he did really well. Imaginary and complex numbers were where the student shined. He had no problems with adding, subtracting, dividing or multiplying imaginary numbers. We briefly went over plotting complex numbers Since he did well with imaginary numbers, there was no homework for this time."
"The student and I met for another session of Algebra 2 tutoring. We spent the session focusing on a variety of ways to factor equations. This included grouping and finding the common root. Once we went over each type of method, he seemed to understand it pretty well. He a bit of help, with recognizing which method to use in a certain case. I gave him some practice problems to work on so he can stay sharp at factoring."
"The student was going over an exam review for vectors, the material covered was operations on vectors, applications of vectors, and parametric equations. He did not have any recent homework to go over so know grades were discussed. The student seems to like memorizing over understanding of concepts. When I tried to explain parametrization through vector equations or component form, he always searched for the equation rather than deriving it through trig arguments. I told him to keep practicing these if he would prefer to memorize them he'll need to do a lot of repetition. The student did well on the review, so no concerns here."
"Last session we went over the student's final review packet. It consisted of 130 problems, and we covered most all of the topics that he needed review on. His final is today, and he is going into the final with a high "C" average. He is prepared for the final as he demonstrated the ability to be able to do all the problems on the review packet. I feel that he is ready for his final today and can receive a "B" in the class. I will be checking up with him after his final to see how he did and to talk about his next upcoming math class."
"We covered Rolle's Theorem and optimization. The student and I are focusing on getting plenty of practice with certain applications of Rolle's theorem in which knowledge of trigonometric functions is required, especially in regards to the set up and process of optimization problems in general. There were some practice problems assigned by her teacher that we worked through and I urged her to speak with her teacher to reinforce the material further. I also assigned a few problems from her textbook for us to look over next session. Overall, she is a she is a motivated student, and I expect her to do well."
"Today we covered adding and subtracting negatives integers, cross-multiplying to solve for variables, essay structure and brainstorming, and parts of the cell. I left the student with some practice examples and will email her additional practice questions."
"During this session, the student and I went over old tests to review for his midyear. We looked at conceptually subtle word problems as well as questions that were conceptually straightforward, but were more computationally intensive. As has been the recent trend, he tackled the topics we discussed pretty comfortably. He even expressed his confidence regarding the test at the end of the session. This was excellent, appropriate, and certainly the correct attitude to have before the exam."
"This week the student and I worked on his mathematics homework, which involved exponents and square roots. He had some difficulty solving the more-challenging questions, but with some guidance he was able to understand the concepts behind how and when to use the laws of exponents."
"We practiced applications of integrals including arc length, net displacement, and area swept out. We also discussed integrals of polar coordinates. This section is much easier for the student because it involves applications of integrals -- one of his strengths. I think he ended the session with a thorough knowledge of how to do the applications."
"The student and I went over his recent test on exponents. We addressed his errors by doing several practice problems, and I made sure to give him as many tricky questions as possible to make sure his understanding of the concepts was concrete."
"The student is working on simplifying radicals and solving radical equations. I feel like we made good progress. I kept reminding him to go back to the meaning of inverse operations. If he remembers that squaring a radical will leave him with the radicand, he can reason through any problem. I also was able to have him write out the multiplication (2 root 3 times 2 root 3) and that seemed to help clarify things for him."
"We covered more math review for the student's final exams Chapters 1-5. We focused on developing his reading comprehension, and "math-translation" skills. His actual arithmetic is getting quite strong. He has shown significant improvement there."