Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I helped the student complete an assignment covering graphing inequalities. She graphed the lines correctly. But, she had a little trouble at the beginning knowing where to shade the graphs. I showed her a way to check her equations, and she was able to complete the assignment."
"I helped the student prepare for her next quiz (tomorrow) by working with her on volume of solids of rotation and average value of a function (i.e., the MVT for integrals). I mentioned that, in general, the representative rectangle is perpendicular to the axis of rotation. We worked problems involving dx and dy (vertical and horizontal rectangles, respectively) utilizing disks or washers. She seems quite adept at setting up the diagrams and determining how to set up the integral to find volume. We also went over average value calculations requiring u-substitution, change of variable for limits of integration, and problems requiring one to determine x-values the will yield a given average value."
"I helped the student with her homework, which was about finding x and y intercepts of linear equations. By the end of the session she was pretty good with doing it algebraically, by substituting zero for the x and solving for y, then substituting zero for y and solving x. I had to show her how to know which was which, since it is very easy for students to get them reversed. Then, she had to graph some equations, which she was able to do once she had the intercepts. The last thing was converting equations in standard form, to the mx+b form, and she needed some review on that. Good session!"
"I helped the student with Thursday night's homework. We reviewed reading time from a clock and marking the time on a clock. Worked a little on the 5's multiplication facts and understanding concepts of multiplication."
"I helped the students with their homework on sequences, recursive formulas and explicit formulas. We reviewed the whole chapter on linear equations in preparation for an exam later in the week. They are quite well prepared now. I also started on the next chapter, which is on quadratics."
"I introduced the persuasive writing assignment, and the student began an exercise where she grouped two opposing points of view about an issue. She was asked to write a number of statements for a pro and anti stance regarding a thesis statement, and then classify them as beliefs, facts, or opinions. She was asked to choose a topic and repeat this exercise. The next step will be to outline a paper using this information. I then graded her vocabulary assignment. Instead of taking her through a more typical homework grading process we reviewed the questions she had trouble with. For Thursday, she is asked to complete the 'notebook' assignment, which involves defining the key concepts and vocabulary in the lessons and copying the definitions in her notebook. She will also try the assigned problems from the weekend."