Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered using differentiation to find extrema and other critical values for a function. He did excellent on his practice problems, and made very few errors in his calculations. He left the session with a few problems still to complete in this section."
"Today the student and I met to work on Calc BC. Her class is just starting to work on integrals using natural logarithms, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and L'Hopital's rule. We covered a broad section review, involving some practical problem solving using clever log manipulation and also some proof based conceptual material. She will be ready for any integrals or applications of the FTC that come her way."
"The student is currently in a Calculus 2 course, roughly right around the middle of the syllabus. This session, we decided to cover the contents of his second exam over differential equations. The professor covered ideas such as ordinary linear differential equations, separation of variables, and homogeneous equations. Some of the specific questions covered included second derivatives, mixing problems, and usage of separation of variables to solve certain differential equations. The student will take his next exam this Thursday over volumes and applications of integration."
"Today we covered scientific notation, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. We corrected the student's quiz that she had the previous week and worked on worksheets she printed from online. She did really well at remembering the steps involved in solving the problems when she was talking them out with me. We also worked on completing a poster project using math facts with scientific notation. At the end I asked her to teach me how to transform numbers from standard notation into scientific notation and she did really well. I also quizzed her on the rules of exponents and negative exponents to make sure she remembers how to do that as well."
"We covered optimization problems using calculus by writing systems of equations, reducing to a single variable, and solving for the unknown. We also estimated square root values by extrapolating the change in value (first derivative) over a small distance (deltax)."
"The student and I continued work on the test review sheet for his math class. We steadily worked through more synthetic division, long division of functions, and some theory on real versus non-real zeroes. As we were able to complete the sheet before the end of the session, we moved on to discussing chemistry and reactivity trends in the periodic table."
"We covered factoring of quadratic equations (including squares) and graphing different forms of the quadratic equations. In chemistry, we reviewed spectator ions, reactivity, solubility, spectator ions, combustion, and double replacement forms. The student seemed to catch on very quickly when I explained the 'personalities' of the atoms and how that determines how they react."
"The student started a new book today. It is in a different format than his last book, but he is familiar with it. The lessons we did today were about 90% review, but a few concepts were new and/or presented in a new way."
"During this session, the student and I worked on his homework assignments covering rates and ratios and how to apply them to word problems. We specifically focused on his assignment covering interest rates and how they accrue, especially when it is compounded. We reviewed his material for his upcoming test, but he has been doing very well across the board. His strength with practical application of concepts has gotten a chance to shine with this material, and he has been maintaining an A average on his math tests. Overall, it has been a significant improvement."
"I reviewed optimization and curve sketching with the student, using problems to go over the various concepts including the first and second derivative tests. He seems to have a good understanding of how to do these problems, and I would recommend further practice for his test on Thursday."
"We covered a lot of material: We completed Unit 2 homework. Descriptive stats including Min, Max, Mean, Standard Deviation, Skewness, Kurtosis and computing all these quantities using SPSS tool. We obtained various variable Histograms. Were able to manually calculate the Kurtosis and Skewness using an Excel spreadsheet and cross checked our work to the results from SPSS tool. We started homework 2 from unit 4. Learned about Z-transformation of data to a distribution representation around zero mean and normalized standard deviation (1). Wrote a report for homework 1 and started following a specified template for homework 2. We will finish this next week. Action items: The student will obtain a text book. The student will go over the rest of the homework instructions and identifies the material from the text book that pertains to those questions. This will allow efficient work for next session."
"Today the student and I worked on her math, her rewrite for her world studies paper, and a compare and contrast paper for her English class. She is doing very well and seems to be on top of her studies."