Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
" - Met 4/7. - Went over alternating series, direct and limit comparison tests. - Went over approximating the sum of an alternating series. - Reviewed trig substitution questions."
"Went over practice test problems for the AP exam. Discussed volumes of revolved solids, and displacement of a particle from velocity function."
"I met the student and his mother. We reviewed his homework, and I assessed his strengths and weaknesses."
"Today I worked with the student on an assignment concerning rational expressions and rational functions. We began by working problems asking to add or subtract rational expressions with polynomials in the numerators and denominators. I explained that these problems worked the same way as adding and subtracting regular fractions, and detailed a couple different approaches to finding a common denominator and raising the terms so you can add/subtract the two terms. We then continued by working on an introduction to rational functions and transformations. This involved determining the horizontal/vertical asymptotes, zeros, and domain and range for various functions with x in the denominator. After reviewing the algebra assignments, we went over a bit of physics, specifically a word problem regarding Hooke's law and the force/energy stored and affected by springs."
"We are continuing to look in depth at word problems, which seem to be particularly tough. I'd like to see her trying them and analyzing them on her own. Word problems are tricky because each one is different and, as far as I know, there is no set formula to follow. Instead she needs to really figure them out on her own and master a new type of analytical thinking. I gave her a problem to try with a detailed solution, and we'll look at this next session."
"During our time together, we worked hard on studying division, particularly long division. She recently took a quiz that she received a 90% on, which she was happy with. We reviewed that quiz, to see that most of what we need to work on are word problems. With this being the case, I created some sample word problems for us to go over. Through practicing these word problems, I believe she received a better understanding of how to best approach these problems, and definitely feels confident with how to approach them. With the last half of our time together, we worked on a topic that they will cover in the coming days in class, which is long division with multiple numbers in the divisor. She had a clear understanding of how to approach these problems by the end of the session. As always, I really enjoyed our time together and look forward to meeting with her again soon."