Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We learned about simplifying (adding and subtracting) rational expressions by manipulating the expression such that they have a common denominator. We practice several questions to ensure the student has a strong grasp of the concept."
"We spent this session preparing for the student's upcoming test. I asked him what he wanted to review, and he mainly wanted to better understand how to identify parts of a log function. Along with this, he wanted more practice with expanding and condensing log functions. We took a new approach to identifying the parts of a log function, and he had a great breakthrough with understanding these concepts. He felt fairly confident to go into his test. I reminded him of ways he could check his work and explained it's best to first complete the exam and then go back to check everything."
"We covered Lagrange multiplier problems, setup and solving strategies, optimization for functions of two variables over a region using the second derivative test, and the discriminant as well as the first derivative test when given a restriction. The student needed help somewhat with grasping a rather complex strategy for solving certain types of Lagrange multiplier problems--I helped her work on a similar, but simpler exercise, and then she was clear on the concept. Her attitude was quite positive and she remained very involved throughout. Since we were working on an exam review, I asked her to spend some time thinking about the set up for each of the problems before we met for our next session. This was our first session together, and I feel that it went quite well."
"Today was a geometry day! The student and I did a mini-bootcamp of volume problems for cones and cylinders, as she had a great deal of trouble figuring through them on the diagnostic exam. She did so well today, powering through the problems and connecting concepts and formulas with no help from me! We also previewed some basic probability with single and double events, which is what we'll be covering later on."
"During our session today we looked at basic probability. We started with some definitions and worked our way to union and intersections. I used Venn diagrams to showcase the difference between the two and worked through several practice problems with the student."
"The student and I covered the introduction of trigonometric functions. She understood the material I taught her; however, it is for her to learn without looking for the formulas what the trigonometric functions are equal to in terms of opposite, adjacent, and hypotenuse."