Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student has his AP test coming up so we just reviewed for that. His teacher gave him a copy of an old AP test, so that was a very beneficial study guide. We went through as many multiple choice questions as we could, checking the answers, and talking about the fundamentals at hand in the problem. I started a list of important things for him to remember. We will pick up where we left off tomorrow and do some of the free response questions instead."
"The student took a practice test in class today and wanted some help understanding some of the problems that he didn't get right. He knows how to deal with vectors. We went over his issues, and found that for the most part, his mistakes were minor and easily fixed."
"The student and I began working on Riemann sums, and using rectangles to approximate the area under curves. He did well with the topic, but this was only his introduction, so he'll need to put in the time necessary to be able to do the problems on his own."
"The student and I spent our final session doing further review and practice for his final exam tomorrow. He is still very good with taking derivatives, and he has improved with limits and algebraic simplification, too. I think he will do well on his exam, though, especially if he reviews our work from tonight on his own before the test tomorrow."
"This was our first session together, and we went over stuff that will be on his test on Friday. This included an introduction to integration, Riemann sums, The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, and other integration techniques. The student understands the concept of integration, but needs to work on his algebraic skills, which are often the problem for Calculus students. If we have a couple more sessions before his test, though, he should be well-prepared."
"With this student, we covered several items. First of all recovered factoring to find the solution to the equation, discriminate and how to use them, square root factoring, solving by finding the square root, solving by graphing and solving by the quadratic equation. We worked on how to use the graphing calculator and I think he did find those particular answers using the calculator. I went and plugged in the values to make sure that they were the solutions. He is getting quicker at solving these equations and he is very able to get the answers. He is having an upcoming quiz and once I know how he scored I will report that. His next meeting is on Saturday with me."
"The student and I reviewed for her math test on Thursday. We covered three variable systems of equations, graphing and finding solutions for inequalities, and we also spent a good portion of our time going over her linear programming project. She seems to be much more confident in this material than the previous trigonometry material, and I think she will do well on this section of her class."
"In the session we specifically covered place values in regards to decimals. We started out the session by comparing whole numbers as greater than, less than, or equal to, so that I could gauge her understanding of the value of numbers. After working with whole numbers we started looking at decimals. The student was able to order decimals from smallest to largest by looking at the numbers in the different place values. At first she struggled with this concept, but understood it by the end of the session. I want to go back and review this concept with her next session and make sure she fully understands it. We then ended the session by adding decimals and reading them aloud. She started out having difficulty properly reading the decimals, but understood how to by the end. She should practice properly reading decimals. When adding decimals we also worked on adding "0's" to some numbers to use as place holders. This is something I also need to review with her in the next session."
"We went through the questions that she missed on her exam and I explained to her why she missed them and what she had to do for them. She understood them. Then we went through her homework which was about the ratio, linear equation, slope and y-intercept. I explained to her what is the difference between ratio and linear equation as well how she can use the slope and the y-intercept to graph a linear equation. She learned them and she was doing well. We also covered some word problems. We are ahead of her class and she solved her next week homework as well. She got 82 for her last exam."
"We went over specifically on quadratic functions and how to complete the square. We also went over the cryptography problem regarding finding digits of a long division problem. The student is very knowledgeable on the subject and is able to understand much of the material with ease. Overall, the session was great."
"We reviewed for the student's chapter five test. It mainly consisted of working on a review worksheet he had. We focused on completing the square, graphing parabolas, and solving for quadratic equations. I think he will be fine, he just needed to look over the problems a little bit more the night before. Also, he got 104/94 on his last exam! No concerns about this session."
"Today the student and I worked on her review sheet for a test she has tomorrow. She is still catching up so some of the material was unfamiliar. We covered simplifying complex numbers, writing them in standard form, and tricks for expanding complex numbers quickly. The student knew all of these well and felt confident in her ability to do these on the exam. Next, we covered creating polynomials given zeros, finding complex zeros of a polynomials. This section is a challenge since each problem has multiple ways to solve it but only one easy way to solve it. We went over patterns to look for in these problems. I encouraged her to redo some of the problems later to see if she can still identify the patterns; this will help her on her test."