Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Given a polynomial function, the student was to tell if it is constant, linear, quadratic, cubic or quartic; state the degree, and identify the leading coefficient. I demoed this with large positive and negative values of x. The student understood how to completely factor a polynomial. I helped him to recall that a^2 - b^2 = (a - b)(a + b) and factoring using the FOIL method. Real world applications for finding the volume of a box, a cylinder, and a hemisphere were given. Various techniques for factoring a polynomial were described."
"Today the student and I worked on subject/predicate sentence agreement as well as Algebra 1. He seems to have a good grasp of Algebra. Minus a few mistakes that can be eliminated by slowing down when he works, he seems to know the subject well. We will continue to work on his algebra assignments with the goals of getting ahead in his course work and tackling the lessons that will be coming soon in class. Pertaining to grammar, he and I worked on a few practice worksheets in his book supplied from school. We will continue to work through this book as a warm-up for our sessions and to keep practicing his grammar. He is currently reading The Pearl in English class, and we will practice comprehension and vocabulary using this book, after which I will supply helpful reading material. He is an enthusiastic student who will do well."
"The student and I worked on preparing for her math exam, which was the following day. We worked through her review packet and she had a very good grasp on most of the concepts. She works quickly and sometimes makes small errors, but for the most part knows what to do. Her greatest struggle was conceptualizing word problems that forced her to think about tangible objects (like gardens, walk-ways, and boxes) in terms of the polynomial expressions she has been working with. It greatly helped to create 3-D models that she could touch, see, and measure. I finished the session by telling her how well I thought she was doing and how impressed I was with her abilities. She had told me that test-taking anxiety was one of her issues, so I wanted to do my best to instill some confidence in her. I do think she was in very good shape after we finished working, so I really hope her test goes well. I think she is extremely capable of doing well!"
"Today, I reviewed the student's class notes with derivatives. I also gave a new material which continued off his teacher's concepts. Then, I gave him some questions to refresh on how to do derivatives and finding limits. He did fairly well on them. We started on solving composite functions and finding derivatives of certain values. We will continue that next time."
"We went over how to graph points for a quadratic equations. After that we went over couple examples to demonstrate the way to graph the point with plugging x and y into the equations. We also went over some concepts on how to solve variable equations."
"We covered finding the derivative of an inverse function and other applications of the derivative. We spent a majority of the time going over the procedure for finding the derivative of inverse functions. We reviewed the procedures for the questions."