Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked on studying for his upcoming unit 4 quiz. We went over the previous sections and did several practice problems. I'm working towards having him do several problems independently, so that he is not too reliant on my assistance."
"The student and I worked on the last section about geometric sequences in Chapter 15. We worked on finding the nth term of a geometric sequence, finding the common ratio (whole number vs. fraction, positive vs. negative), determining the sum of a geometric sequence for the first n number of terms, and using sigma notation to find the sum. We also reviewed how to add/subtract/multiply/divide fractions."
"The student and I worked on the next section in her math, matrices. She was confident she knew part of the material, which is good. We went over solving solutions using matrices, which was a struggle for her. Struggling in this is common for students because there isn't a step-by-step solution to follow. There is a goal to head toward, but many ways to get there. This is hard for her because she likes to have a clear direction. I let her struggle through the problems so she would get a better handle on what to look for and what to do next. She was able to get the right answer, with very little input from me. This was a relief and confidence builder for her. She plans to do more problems so she can continue to practice and get comfortable with these problems. We plan to meet again on Tuesday."
"The student and I worked on the Pythagorean theorem and finding the distance between 2 points. We also learned the formula for volume of a sphere. She seemed to understand the concepts. We are almost done with her 8th grade math book on pre-algebra. The next math level we will be working on is algebra, not geometry like I previously thought."
"The student and I worked on the questions we didn't get on a Chapter 6 worksheet from last session. She has a test coming up on Monday, so we will review on Saturday. I recommended to her that she compiles a list/cheat sheet of all the calculator functions and formulas that will not be provided on the AP exam. This way she'll have a good place to start studying. She has a very good attitude towards the subject, but she needs to have more confidence in her knowledge. I believe she understands the content to a much greater extent than she gives herself credit."
"The student and I worked on the representation of functions by power series. We reviewed the main techniques for expressing functions as power series and used the ratio test to determine their interval of convergence."