Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed mostly properties of exponents with a refresher on scientific notation and addition and subtraction therein. The student should continue practicing in preparation for test. Practice problems were left for the student."
"We focused on D=rt problems and solving rational expressions. I think with word problems she just needed to slow down a bit and draw out the charts that her teacher has her using, and with rational expressions she sometimes forgets to do the common denominator step. We worked on just going a little slower and thinking through the steps. She has a packet of word problems to work on if she would like extra practice."
"The student's mother requested an extra session before his state math exam. We reviewed fractions, expressions and percents. He had forgotten how to do operations with fractions, but he was able to follow along once we worked on several problems on this topic. We covered probability this session. I used a deck of cards to illustrate independent and dependent events in probability, which he enjoyed. I left him with some practice problems in the worksheet I brought."
"Today, the student and I worked through applied problems in integral calculus as shown on her class's newest free-response worksheets. She received more instruction in calculating the areas and volumes of regions between curves as well as applied integration to model the flow of people passing through a queue at any given moment in time. She has markedly improved in her understanding of these concepts and others (as measured by the speed and accuracy with which she solves problems and follows along with my solutions), although she still needs a bit more practice recognizing elementary derivatives and antiderivatives. I also gave her some general advice on how to approach word problems of this nature. Next time, we plan to work through the class's weekly free-response worksheet as well as train some more on calculating the volumes of solids of revolution by the washer and shell methods."
"The student was working on ways to expand, condense, and solve logarithmic and exponential expressions. We covered the fundamental axioms and rules for combining, simplifying, or solving such expressions, and he seemed to pick up the topics very quickly."
"The student and I worked on vocabulary from context clues and then I tested him on the vocabulary from all the worksheets later on in the session. We then worked on SSAT analogies, and he got all of them right! Finally, we reviewed SSAT geometry, and he did extremely well. He is improving dramatically and seems to be having fun with the material."