Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we started tackling the student's study guide for his test next Wednesday. The test will cover all of the concepts from the class thus far, including dividing, multiplying, adding, and subtracting fractions with variables, factoring, proportions, direct and inverse variation, and simplifying complex expressions. We got nearly halfway through it today, and I asked him to continue working on it as best he could (although I did tell him he could save anything he doesn't understand for our next session). So far, his grasp of the material is excellent and his retention is great. All in all he's making wonderful progress."
"The student and I went over problems for her exam on Wednesday. The ones that she was feeling very hesitant about were problems that dealt with multiplying/dividing variables that are powered to fractions. We went over a numerous variety of problems that dealt specifically with this concept until she felt much more confident about them. We also went over more difficult problems on concepts she already felt comfortable with to reinforce her understanding. She currently has an A- in class so getting an A on this exam would help solidify an A in the class since her quarter is ending shortly. I feel great about her reaching her goal and getting an A on this exam."
"Met this student for the first time. Found out that she took two calculus tests which she didn't do well on (can't remember the scores on them). We looked at the tests together and went through what questions she missed on them. Some questions she missed had to do with finding the integral using the u-substitution, integration by parts, and trig substitution methods. I showed her how to use those methods. Other missed questions involved finding out if an integral converged or diverges using a comparison test. Then there were another set of question that relates to physics where you are given a velocity and use that velocity to find the distance traveled using integration. Although we were not able to get through all of the test questions, I was able to help her with all the test questions we looked at. I think we'll look at the rest of the test questions next time."
"The student and I started by reviewing her quiz from last week. The student understood some of the mistakes she made but she wanted to make sure she knew what she needed to do next time to avoid them. The student said that one of the things that make the quizzes difficult is that they don't have a lot of time; she said that her teacher varies the amount of time so the class doesn't always know how much time they'll have. I suggested that she ask her teacher before the quiz so that she'll know how to pace herself. I also reminded her to check for errors that she knows she makes often. When we finished reviewing the quiz, we went on to go over her homework. The student was working on factoring equations and then testing for extraneous roots."
"The student had started learning methods of solving logarithmic equations, so our session was focused on a few worksheets of practice problems on this material. He had a quiz the next day, so I spent the first 15 minutes or so reviewing the general formulas and concepts he needed, and then the remainder of the time was spent doing practice problems. Once I walked him through a few of each type of problem, he was comfortable talking me through the rest."
"The student did not have homework today, so we did some math review pages that I brought. We focused on statistics concepts like finding the mean, mode, and range of a data set. Some of the practice problems were purely computational and some were word problems. He understands very well. He had a little trouble focusing at the beginning because he could hear his family playing a game in the next room, but he was able to refocus and he performed very well for the rest of our time together."