Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered two sections. The sections were over solving square root equations and function operations. The student picked up on both very easily. We got through both lessons and homework assignments within the hour. The student needed little help or correction."
"The student and I met for our first Algebra 2 session. In this session we worked on quadratic equations. The student seemed to have a strong grasp of the concept, so I focused on how to improve her speed. This meant mainly a lesson on the calculator. I showed her how to find a quadratic regression, and graph that regression along with the points."
"We began by going over the student's latest physics test. He had already done the test corrections, but I helped explain some of the concepts which he had some trouble with. Afterwards, we went over the problems his teacher had assigned for test prep, for a test that he has tomorrow. The main subjects he will be tested on are the manipulation of triangles and basic trigonometrical functions figuring out the angles and lengths of various shapes when applied in word problems."
"The student and I worked on chemistry for a little bit and then most of the session was math. In chemistry, we worked on how to figure out the electron arrangement and the molecular shape of a compound using the Lewis structure. In math, we worked on graphing different functions, by factoring the polynomial first and then finding the intercepts. She seems to have a good handle on graphing, and should do really well in her test coming up on Thursday."
"The student said she did well on her most recent test make-up. We worked on homework for an upcoming test on sequences and series. We also looked at some word problems on recursive sequences and some book problems."
"In this session, we did not work on the student's homework since she is testing this week and doesn't have any. We did work on two methods to solve systems of equations: elimination and substitution. I gave a short lesson on how to apply the methods, and then we did problems that I made up on the spot that she can practice on. At the end of the session, we identified that the student needs more development on testing. She is able to do well on the homework but has trouble transferring that to performing well on the tests. From the next sessions on, we will focus more on an independent testing style."
"During this session the student and I continued looking at integrals. The student is still hesitant when she is trying to solve these questions. I recommended redoing the problems we looked at to help build her confidence."
"The student is continuing to work on series. Tonight we worked on the different tests to use to determine convergence. He was very uncertain going into the session how to appropriately apply the different tests. We spent time talking about good times to use the different tests and most of the problems in his assignment required use of the ratio test. The student was at first apprehensive, but was very confident by the end of the assignment. We also practiced the direct comparison test, the nth term test, and the test for geometric series. Overall, the student did very well tonight and now appears confident about testing for convergence."
"The student's class has begun a new unit on polynomials. Tonight, we practiced putting polynomials into standard form and identifying their degrees, leading coefficients, basic graph shapes, and number of real roots, as well as adding and subtracting polynomials. He was very focused this evening, and he took to this material much better than he did trigonometry. We finished the student's assignment early, so we previewed some upcoming lessons, including polynomial multiplication, long division, and synthetic division."
"Today we went over polynomials and reviewed her test on probability. She got most of the answers right on her test. She had a very good understanding of polynomials. She correctly added like terms, and was able to FOIL properly. We also went over a science quiz, she had learned most of the material before so she didn't have any problems with the quiz."
"The student started learning a new topic in math class. They started learning Trigonometry. He learned the basics, and had a homework on complementary angles. He got all of his questions right. He had a question on which leg is opposite and which one is adjacent, so I clarified it to him. I also gave him some overview of the things he is going to learn next in the class."
"The student's dad informed me that she made a 95 on her exam. We were all very proud of her. Today was the last day of classes before Spring Break; however, the student wanted to meet to go over her new homework. She missed a couple of classes due to soccer tournaments, and she wanted some extra help with the homework and past assignments. We worked on simplifying rational expressions and finding holes of discontinuity."