Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on his Final Exam Review packet that would be worth a hefty amount of extra credit points. Out of the 50 or so questions, we worked on about 35 of them. Many seemed to be review from algebra II, while some were completely recent that he had just seen in a previous unit."
"We worked through various word problems that involved exponential and logarithmic functions. I showed the student how to set up interest equations, half-life decay, and population modeling. I emphasized the importance of solving for the constant (k) before using that value to ultimately compute the desired value. Finally, I told her that initial time should be computed with t = 0 and sometimes the initial value might be a certain year, so all time values must be written in relation to that period. She received an 18/20 on a recent quiz."
"We conducted a review of conics and trigonometric functions. We focused on equations of a circle and parabolas first. We then conducted a practice and concept review of trig functions and their application. I also included instruction on using the calculator as a tool not a burden to productivity. Student had many great light bulb moments that fueled her excitement to understand and comprehend concepts."
"The student started first with her math homework. Concepts covered on math homework were converting numbers to words, write numbers in expanded form, division, and multiplication using the box method, rounding, and simple algorithm. We then did some practice math problems. I had her performed division using two methods: long division method and traditional algorithm method. I then had her do some multiplication problems and addition of numbers with decimals. She is still struggling with simple multiplication and sometimes adding and subtracting. I am trying to help her move away from counting with her hands and doing multiplication by adding. I want to encourage her to do more mental math. She is attentive as usual, and is progressing quite well."
"Tonight we went over integrals involved in calculating work done by lifting a chain/rope and removing liquids from containers. The student had the hardest time with setting up the problem, and I made sure she knew that this is in fact the hardest part. The integrals are usually very easy, but setting up axes and determining which way to divide the volume or length is hardest. We will continue to work on this. She has a quiz today, and I will find out how she did by Sunday when we meet next."
"I helped the student with his math today. We went over multiplication, borrowing, carrying, and counting money. He did a better job today than last time. At the end of the session, we played his arithmetic game."