Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we covered volumes and surface areas of different shapes. We did several problems including cubes, cylinders, and rectangular objects. We also did covered arc of triangles inside circles."
"The student and I finished the unit test for Chapter 7, and we also completed the exam review and the final exam. We reviewed all the concepts we have learned, including writing explicit and recursive equations for arithmetic and geometric sequences, graphing and writing equations for parabolas/circles/ellipses/hyperbolas, identifying vertices/co-vertices/transverse axis/center/vertex/directrix/foci, predicting future terms of a sequence, finding sums of finite arithmetic and infinite geometric sequences, rationalizing the denominator that has square roots, calculating sine/cosine/tangent using the unit circle or calculator, amplitude and period, proving trig identities, probability and combinations, simplifying equations with variables, and finding arc length."
"The student and I worked through problems involving computing antiderivatives and on problems concerning the convergence or divergence of series. He has a good understanding of this material and our brief review allowed him to shake off the cobwebs. Next week we are going to start on statics."
"In this session, the student and I reviewed his current material on absolute value and piece-wise functions. We went through some classwork problems that had been confusing to him and answered some questions that came up. We then went over some recent quizzes he had taken. He had done fairly well on them, and the mistakes he made were mostly little errors or misreading questions. We then worked on practicing more problems from his classwork on factoring quadratic functions and solving x-intercepts. This was a good review for the student as he had not dealt with this material for a few months."
"We went over a handout, which focused on solving inequalities. The solution sets were graphed. The student did quite well, but often confuses when to multiply/divide or add/subtract, especially as it pertains to isolating the unknown on one side of the inequality. He also struggles with speed. He needs to work on being able to perform some of the calculations in his head so that he doesn't have to write down all the steps on the paper. While writing things down is helpful for checking and seeing what has been done, it does take time that could be used for solving the next problem. Finally, the student's basic arithmetic skills are weak. He has not committed to memory many of the multiplications tables. We will work on this more next session."
"We briefly reviewed the concepts of the surface area and volume of prisms, pyramids, cylinders, and cones, as well as similar solids. We then spent our time running through the last two chapters of the student's textbook as she will not be covering that material in her class this year. Finally, I gave her a brief introduction to the FOIL method of multiplying binomials as a preview for what she would be doing next year in Algebra."