Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed all of concepts of chapter 8 (surface area and volume). He practiced selected exercises from the chapter. He demonstrated a good understanding. We also began chapter 9 (statistics). He is working on showing his work and being more organized."
"We worked on the distributive properties with a worksheet after a remedial session on the times tables 6 - 12. Assigned homework."
"The student had little homework or questions for this session, so we ended up tackling the somewhat advanced topic of how to solve systems of equations. I taught her two strategies for solving (using elimination and substitution), and she worked through a couple examples using both strategies. We also talked about what a solution of a system of equations looks like graphically, and verified answers by graphing lines. This was a topic she had seen briefly before, but had very little practice, so was essentially new material. She was able to follow along conceptually, but needed a fair amount of help in solving the problems. Very good for first tries, and with practice she will get it."
"Covered Chapter 5: Probability - What Are the Chances; Sect. 5.1: randomness, Probability & Simulation; Sect. 5.2: Probability Rules; Sect. 5.3: Conditional Probability and Independence; Chapter 6: Random Variables; Sect. 6.1: Discrete and Continuous Random Variables; Sect. 6.2: Transforming and Combining Random Variables; Sect. 6.3: Binomial and Geometric Random Variables."
"The student and I went over review problems on solids of revolution, obtaining volumes by integrating cross sections, and integrating force to calculate work. He is doing well on the practice problems, and should do some review on work problems."
"We went over free response questions from last year's test. She should get at least a 4 on the AP test, but her biggest hindrances are 1) incorrect basic math, 2) units/missing key words in questions, and 3) mixing up integration/differentiation. I've mentioned this to her, as things to work on until we meet on Monday (5/5). She needs to practice with the other free response questions so she can brush up on all her calculus skills that she has not used recently, as she is not good at remembering what she has learned in the past."
"We covered sections 1-4, including a review of section 4 (the first section they started on this year and one the student specifically asked for help with). We also began an exploration of combinatorics so that he will be prepared for his AP Statistics exam next Friday"
"Topics covered include solving problems with logarithms, natural logs, and exponential growth functions. A test review was worked through and the student demonstrated a better understanding of how to use logs and introduce exponentials to solve problems, as well as using half-lives in decay equations."
"The student and I began reviewing for his AP test next week. We went over the chapter on probability, independence, and the different relationships between them. We completed a lot of the practice problems in the textbook until he had a solid understanding of the material."
"We completed a worksheet and a test review. The topics covered included least common denominator, simplifying fractions with polynomials, and characterizing polynomial fraction functions (domain/range, asymptotes, intercepts, and end behavior. We also covered function model types and worked several problems. He is getting better at recognizing the difference of two squares as a factoring opportunity. His basic instincts for how to approach a problem are good and he is able to do simple math in his head. I left him with a list of areas to watch out for while solving problems."
"The student and I continued our pre-algebra work this morning, covering decimal arithmetic, exponents, the order of operations, and proportion equations. Despite our slightly brisker than usual pace today, he kept up pretty well."
"We had our first meeting, and I think it went really well. We talked through chapter 4-2, covering basic algebraic techniques, inequalities, absolute values, functions, and relations."