Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We discussed the student's previous test, we reviewed his homework from last week and we looked over the notes he still had for the next week--which were very few as he has a test on Wednesday. As usual, the student did very well and was very prepared. We worked mainly on algebraic and graphic function composition."
"Today we worked through the student's homework on the final section in the logarithmic and exponential functions chapter. The homework went over sketching logarithmic functions. We worked on finding the characteristics of the function (domain, range, y-intercept, zeros, end behavior, extreme points, POEs) and then using those characteristics to make a sketch. In general the student did ok; by the end she was doing much better. I told her I was going to quiz her on the various rules next week and to study up on them, particularly because she has a test later next week. Once she had used the rules in a couple of problems she was doing well with figuring out the problems. We are meeting next Monday to go over a practice test, which should help in solidifying all of the information."
"- We Covered Antiderivatives, Integrals, and Integration by Substitution - Student Made Progress in being able to work through maximization word problems quicker."
"First, I answered the student's questions. Then, we covered Section P.8. We went over several problems. I gave him some homework problems from his book and a handout that contains hard story problems. I think one learns more by working hard problems."
"Today, the student and I did a final review of all her material for this week's exam. First, we reviewed what problems she was struggling with on her practice exam. One-to-one functions were discussed, along with transformations of square root functions. Then, we moved on to her second review sheet. She did very well today, she worked through the problems on the whiteboard. At the end of the session, we reviewed her last quiz and re-did the problems that she had difficulty with. We discussed that she needed to go through all those problems again and again until she had mastered the material. I suggested that she use scratch paper on the exam, that way she can write everything out as big as she needs to and go back to write the full answer on the exam."
"Today, the student and I completed a mock test covering all the material he has learned in Chapter 3: finding roots of high-order polynomials; imaginary roots; asymptotes and x- and y-intercepts of rational functions; inequalities with rational functions; and solutions of the absolute value and square root functions. We were able to complete 25 out of 26 problems in the allotted 90 minutes, with an accuracy of 85%. He will take a second version of the practice test on his own. To further reinforce these topics before his test, I encouraged him to write down the general procedure for solving problems that are still unclear to him and any tricks we discovered for solving these problems more quickly or pitfalls to look out for."