Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"She worked on homework that covered polynomial functions, determining the extrema, number of turns and zeros of a polynomial function, using Pascal triangles, and finding the coefficient of a term in a polynomial. We also reviewed strategies for math on the PSAT test."
"Since the student did not have any reports to show his progress in school so far, or lack thereof, we discussed basic arithmetic operations with the student to gauge his abilities. The result was that he can add without any problems but struggles with the subtraction of large numbers. Therefore, the student was taught concepts of the number line including the counting numbers, zero, and the negative of the counting numbers. I assisted the student with performing subtractions that result in negative integers. The student was able to grasp the concepts quickly. The next area to address will be comparing fractions, decimals, percentages and ratios as well as an introduction to the addition and subtraction of fractions."
"Since the student has a math test on Tuesday and will get the test review on Friday, his mother will email me the review so I can go over the questions with him on Monday before he takes the test. We have also agreed that future lessons will take place every Tuesday."
"Since the student is feeling confident working with vector functions, we started looking at functions of two variables and three-dimensional graphs. We looked at two-way tables for functions of two variables and how to interpret different values including different rows or columns. We went through sketching the graph of a plane by finding key points including the intercepts. We also practiced identifying the graph of a two-variable function by looking for specific points such as when x and y are both zero and what the function should look like if x or y is held constant. We looked at contour graphs and how to read an elevation map. We practiced sketching a contour graph by setting z equal to a constant and rearranging the function into y=f(x) to draw different contour lines. He is doing well understanding the meaning of a two-variable function and how to identify key parts of a graph or contour plot."
"Since this student was already interested in the subject working with her was really easy. We reviewed math problems, and showed her the colors trick for math. This technique consists of using different colors for each piece of information given, that way you are less likely to forget anything."
"Since this was our first session, I went over many concepts briefly to determine which concepts she struggles with the most. Specific concepts covered included order of operations, fractions, negative numbers and, basic some algebraic properties. Understandably, she says she struggles to remember the large amount of math she has covered recently. She also lacks confidence in math and has difficulty on tests. In future sessions, I plan to increase her confidence, memory, and, performance in math by 1. Clarifying the reason and purpose of mathematical concepts and their place in the mathematical system; 2. Providing tools like mnemonic devices to help with memory; 3. Teaching her how to interpret problems (and not be intimidated!) by way of understanding vocabulary, notation and, the test creator's goals. "