Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was covering dividing with decimals in class, so we expanded on that and focused on dividing with decimals in word problems. We set up the problem and then solved it. He did well and asked thoughtful questions. We then progressed to solving word problems with 2 step equations, which included more practice with dividing with decimals. He soon got the hang of it, and by the end, he was becoming more comfortable with the material."
"We talked about area integrals. I am confident that the student understands this topic. I suggested some points where he could reduce the amount of labor and reduce the probability of making mistakes. In particular, I stressed the importance of drawing accurate figures (before setting up the integrals), using well-known area formulas from geometry to avoid unnecessary calculations, and taking advantage of the properties of even/odd functions. Later, I will teach more techniques, such as changing variables."
"We covered solving rational equations. We learned different ways to solve rational equations so that the student has different tools to use at different times. She scored a 100% on her previous test after I took her through a review session. She is doing very well now."
"In today's session, we went over two packets of questions for the student's Calculus class. Most of the questions dealt with derivatives and integrals, and only a few of them required application of principles. She is doing really well with most of the material we covered today. We are going to start being really intentional with each problem to make sure she is careful as she goes through each step. This should help eliminate little mistakes."
"In this session, the student and I covered factoring, polynomial definitions, and synthetic division. Factoring using the difference of two cubes was done with a couple of problems. Synthetic division was discussed as an alternative to long division for evaluating the roots of polynomials."
"Today, the student and I went over graphing absolute value inequalities, solving for absolute value inequalities, stem and leaf plot and area of a rectangle. He was able to recall most of the steps for solving absolute inequalities as well as stem and leaf plots, and I was very proud. He did have some troubles initially with graphing the absolute inequalities, but he grasped it after some guidance. I will need to go more in depth with geometrical area with him, but I think he will not have a problem with it. We also covered the digestive system today, and he learned about the significance of the pharynx, particularly its importance in guiding food, via the epiglottis, down the esophagus. He became particularly interested when I told him that if we didn't have this body part, food would be able to move down our breathing pipe causing us to choke. He contributed to the script enthusiastically as always."