Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I helped the student go over two assignments. The first was on identifying and graphing transformations of functions. She improved throughout the session. But, I suggested that she study that before her test on Wednesday. The second assignment was over graphing inequalities. She did excellent on this assignment. She continually completed the problems with minimal help. I discussed the ACT with her at the end of our session. I am going to start bringing some practice questions to go over at the end of the sessions. I think doing some practice questions will boost her confidence when she goes to take the test."
"I met with both students for this session. Student 1 and I worked on multiplying numbers with more than one digit, and then long division. He worked very diligently, and I think more practice will be very helpful; I think it will also take a little while before he gets the topic locked in. Student 2 and I worked on adding and subtracting numbers with decimals, and she was very strong at taking each problem step by step."
"I provided help and support with the student's homework in Ratios and Proportions. Working out of his textbook, we completed some problems for his homework. He was able to figure out quickly how to find a missing number when given a ratio. He struggled a bit in dividing decimals when certain problems required it to be used. It was just a matter of review. I showed him how the decimal for the divisor needed to be moved to the right to make it a whole and the decimal for the dividend needed to be moved the same amount. His attitude toward the material was positive, and he worked diligently during the session. He will continue to work on his own and prepare for his upcoming test."
"I really enjoyed meeting him tonight. He has been struggling in his AP Calc AB class so far, but I was impressed with his fundamentals, and he got the majority of the homework problems that we worked tonight correct without my help. We did problems on the relationship between displacement, velocity, and acceleration, as well as on finding derivatives using the product and chain rules. Some of the problems were quite complicated and involved negative and/or fractional exponents and/or trigonometric functions. He was very focused throughout the session, and I felt we got through a good number of fairly complex homework problems. He and I agreed to set up a weekly session at the same time we met tonight. I will look forward to working with him again next week!"
"I really look forward to sessions with this student. We went over her government test that she got 6/10 on to discuss the answers and how she reached them. One thing that we discovered is that she can print out the tests, so that she can circle key words and cross out wrong answers as she goes through them. The other thing that we discovered was that her sisters are really distracting when she is trying to take tests, and caused her to rush through the end of this test because she couldn't concentrate. I strongly suggested that she get a pair of noise-cancelling headphones so that she can concentrate better. We continued reviewing linear systems for math, and we aren't under a huge amount of time pressure, so we can review for a few more sessions before she has to take the test (a big relief!!)."
"I reviewed the product and quotient rules for derivatives with the student, and we walked through the problems on a quiz on the two rules that she had not done well on, figuring out what had gone wrong. We then reviewed continuity and limits, especially the idea of left- and right-hand limits, as well as the Intermediate Value Theorem. I explained that the Intermediate Value Theorem does not require that the function f(x) be fully contained in the area between f(a) and f(b) on the interval [a,b], but rather relies on the continuity of f(x). We followed that with a discussion of position, velocity, and acceleration, and the derivative-based relationship between the three, and then briefly discussed the relationship between sine, cosine, and the other four trig functions. We concluded with a brief preview of the Chain Rule, which will be coming up in class very soon."