Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered graphing logarithmic equations both by hand and using a calculator. As always the student had a great attitude and he managed to get all of his homework done. One strategy I introduced to him was writing a table of values next to each graph, and he seemed to really like that idea. I also tried to show him how great the textbook is as a reference tool. The book provides both formulas and examples for each of the problems that are at the end of the chapter. If he has homework to do during the week then that would be very helpful to use if he has questions about certain problems. I was told the student did great on his last quiz so I was super happy to hear that! I did not leave him with any extra practice because I know they will be starting a new chapter this week and he seemed to have a good understanding of this chapter. As always I look forward to our next session!"
"We reviewed for the student's math quiz and test this week. He seemed comfortable with graphing exponential equations. Generally his understanding of the word problems related to exponential growth and decay was quite good. I taught him Euler's number in preparation of him learning this in class, and encouraged him to study this further. He had a very clear understanding of Ideal gas behavior as related to his chemistry packet, and easily explained Boyle's and Charles' Law, and how they relate to a barometer or thermometer. He seems quite prepared for his chemistry quiz."
"Today we spent time working with data sets to plot the median, Q1, Q3, and endpoints for a box and whisker plot. We also dealt with data and created dot plots explaining the spread of data, median, center, Q1, and Q3. The student is solid with these concepts and does very well with them. We also went over how to interpret the data and explain what the data means. We had extra time at the end so we did some Pre Calculus Practice Problems from the site. She enjoyed them."
"The student and I worked on him Calculus homework which covered slope fields and exponential growth/decay. There was not a lot of calculus involved in this material, it mainly deals with concepts from Algebra II, but he was able to do the problems fairly well."
"Today we covered limits -- Fundamental theorems for limits of continuous functions. We have encompassed linear functions, sums of functions, powers, and general polynomials. In general, the limit of a continuous function will be the function value itself. We have elaborated several analytical examples and one numerical example where sensitivity of the changes of f(x) is elaborated, to changes in x. This is a prelude to derivative calculations. We have also covered word problems, which required finding a linear function that would be a model for future prediction. The linear function would have to have its coefficients determined. From that we can then predict values for future values of dependent variable. Besides linear, we also had an example of a square root function as a model function. The student has found that an unpleasant looking problem really isn't requiring that much, just the calculation of sensitivity of function values to changes in x. This raised student's confidence. We have also covered elimination of superficial 0/0 undefined function values in the limit x->c. The superficial 0/0 undefined values were removed in the limit by factoring polynomials in the numerator and/or denumerator, and cancelling."
"The student and I continued working on difficult integral calculus problems. We covered inverse trigonometry derivatives, logarithmic, and polynomial derivatives."