Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We began with a brief of our last session. We then hopped into conic sections which included circles, hyperbolas, and ellipses. We went over how to tell the difference as well as graphing these functions. We then talked about midpoint and distance formulas, which we used consistently with the conic sections. Lastly, we began talking about rational expressions (adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying) as well as direct, joint, and inverse variations."
"We covered TSA and volume of 3D shapes, and how to make transformations of graphs. We also covered some algebra, finding the value of a variable, as well as graphing circles from equations. He understood the algebra very well, and didn't seem to have any problems. He was cooperative and worked hard."
"Continuing from our last session, the student and I did a quick review of the basics of logarithms and condensing logarithms. Then. we jumped right into the meat of the harder problems with logarithms concerning equations. All of the basics for solving logarithmic equations were covered and more difficult problems will need to be done. We also went into compound interest at the end of the session, using the equation A=Pe^rt, or "pert", solving a couple of problems with ease. I asked the student to scan his review sheet he got from class to email to me so I can go over it and figure out what we should work on regarding his upcoming test. The student is retaining everything wonderfully."
"Tonight's session was an overview of the geometry class the student will be taking next year. We discussed the different areas he will be seeing like polygons, proof, constructions, and lots of vocabulary. He had heard some of the vocabulary before but was not familiar with its meaning. I gave him some tips to help him prepare and stay organized for next year."
"Today, we completed the entire free response section of a prior year's AP Calculus test. Not only did the student finish in the time allotted, but she should great progress since the beginning of our time together. She still needs to review separation of variables and finding particular solutions, but showed proficiency in most of the topics we encountered on the test!"
"This week, we mostly worked on Algebra. The student is starting into graphing and understanding parabolic equations. We went through a number of textbook problems, and the student was able to solve them with relative ease. He will still need more practice with graphing, however. The unit is new. We additionally went through conceptual homework problems - twice - and the student had the highest score in the class. We spent a little time on Biology talking about gas exchange. This unit is also new. We reviewed the parts of the respiratory system, and the biological processes involved in inhalation and exhalation. The student is a little ahead on this material, and should be prepared for when an assessment comes."