Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I had a good session with the student today. We went through the first part of Ch. 1 of the Japanese text book on greetings and introductions. The student did very well when the text had the examples in both Hiragana (Japanese characters) and English transcription. However, she struggled when we moved on to exercises only written in Japanese. This tells me she needs to continue studying the Hiragana that we have gone over. For homework, I told her to practice her Hiragana, and go back through the chapter to pull out words and practice reading them. Soon (I think the next lesson) the book will stop giving English readings for Japanese words, and she must read the Hiragana to be able to do the exercises, which is why we spent so much time on the letters. I hope to be able to tell she studied next week."
"Today, the student and I reviewed a quiz on which she received an 82%. It mostly covered verb conjugations and basic sentences in the present tense, and I think that most of her mistakes were minor ones, rather than a failure to understand the material. She also told me that she has a test coming up on ar, er, and ir verbs, so we practiced those, and I think that she has it down. I also had her read through another short paragraph, both to give her practice with her pronunciation and to introduce her to some new verbs and vocab."
"We reviewed systems of equations. We covered solving them with given equations, graphing systems of equations, and also how to create a system of equations from a given word problem. When the equations are already written out, she seems to have a good understanding of how to solve them; I think she could use more practice with extracting equations from word problem-type questions."
"We went over the basics of indefinite integration, doing a dozen or so problems involving integrating polynomials (raising the power by one and dividing by the new power) and trig functions. In several we were given points on our original function that allowed us to solve for the constant. We talked a little about what we're doing when we take definite integrals (finding the area under the curve) and what dy and dx mean."
"The student and I worked on the science section today. I assigned her homework of the rest of the math section, which we will go over at the start of next week's lesson."
"With Student A, we covered ellipses and hyperbolas, and how to graph them. We also just got into logarithms and exponentials as the session ended. He seemed to take to this material very well. With Student B, we started with adding rational expressions, where getting a common denominator was sometimes the challenge. He did very well with reading word problems to set up mathematical expressions, so we returned to some topics that had given him trouble before: completing the square, and radical expressions. We will continue with this review next time."