Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student had several review packets today. The data modeling questions require a broad understanding of functions - there is no single approach that will solve all of them, though plotting the points usually helps (unless the answer already jumps out, for example if the trend is linear and only one option is a linear equation - he can see these reliably). He had somewhat forgotten about parabola vertices and how to find them, but a quick look at the quadratic formula reminded him. We also looked at exponential, logarithmic, and radical functions. We talked about how logarithmic and exponential functions are inverses, as are power and radical functions. He is comfortable factoring all the different ways - binomials, trinomials, trinomials with other leading coefficients, differences of squares, sums and differences of cubes. We talked about the concept of a solution set and how this differs between one equation (a set of single values) and two equations (a set of coordinate pairs). He got off to a better start today on his statistics worksheet."
"The student worked through both Algebra II and Chemistry. We looked over a quiz that she took for Chem and the only real problem she had a shift from pH to pOH. Once we talked about how that works, she understood everything and can easily get an A on her next test if its comparable. Algebra II was a lesson over word problems based on related rates. We talked about how to set up equations as well as solving them using substitution."
"Worked on problems she had from sample AP tests. Will meet again next week on Tuesday as she practices for the AP test. Good questions on related rates and volumes of revolution."
"Last night, the student and I corrected his math review worksheet for his test today. After that, we finished some math homework and his English homework, which involved close reading a passage and then answering 5 short response questions. He finished the homework with no problem. In math, we are still working on the rules for dividing decimals, and when to move the decimal and when to leave it alone. He has improved tremendously with simplifying fractions and adding/subtracting mixed numbers!"
"We mostly covered angles and their relationships (adjacent, complementary, supplementary, etc.). We worked on 3 pages from her homework packet, and then I created additional problems for her to work on. I taught her relationships to simplify and better understand the concepts. She did very well with grasping what I taught her and was able to correctly and efficiently apply it to her thought process."
"The student completed an assignment on factoring and solving polynomials. She had a good grasp of the different solution methods available. We spent the last 30 min working on stoichiometry and limiting reagent problems in chemistry. She could still use more practice converting written out compounds to molecular formulas."