Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we reviewed the student's math homework. This consisted of personal and family budgets, e.g. fixed and variable expenses, and setting up proportions."
"We worked on firmly grasping the binomial theorem and Pascal's triangle as well as began the permutation/ combinatorics section of her Tuesday PreCalc test."
"We solved a problem set based on the student's recent school trip to DC, and then I explained with examples how to work with percentages and percentage changes."
"We reviewed the homework on differentiability. From a graph the student can easily pick out the discontinuities, sharp turns and vertical slopes which cause the function to be non-differentiable at that location. From equations she had no problems finding the discontinuities. She quickly picked up on how to determine if there was a sharp turn using limit definition. After she completed the homework I went over her next lesson which included constant rule, power rule, addition/ subtractions of polynomial functions, and the product/ quotient rule of polynomial functions."
"For the first hour, we solved for the unknown in the absolute value equation. This involved addition/subtraction of negative/positive numbers as well as working backwards on the order of operation to solve for the variable. The student did well! It seemed like she had good understanding of the operations & solving for the variable. For the next half hour, we went back to physics to review her homework. Today, she identified the adjacent vs opposite all correctly! After we did another problem together, we started a long word problem finding displacement and angle. We first found the displacement by using the Pythagorean Theorem. We ran out of time, but we went over what she would need to do to find the missing angle. Overall, she did much better than last session!"
"We spent the lesson going over topics that will be on the student's text test and reviewing the material on the test he just took. Once he gets into a rhythm, he can apply problem solving techniques to new problems, but he struggles when he faces indirect questions. For example, he knows how to factor out a GCF and factor a quadratic, but struggles when he has to do both. With continued practice, he should overcome this difficulty, so we will continue to work with these types of problems."