Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session we tackled Riemann and trapezoidal sums. First we went over what they looked like visually and then from their I helped her understand how to derive the formula for a Riemann sum using sigma notation."
"We practiced solving quadratic expressions, as this is the subject of unit four. They are mostly solving expressions with the quadratic equation and completion of "the square", and we practiced both in our session. He did not have much trouble with the quadratic equation, except occasionally when entering negative numbers into the string of parentheses beneath the radical. He was a little more confused at first about how to complete "the square", so I reminded him of the process and explained it more thoroughly. At first he was a little confused about what exactly he was supposed to be subtracting after creating his squared term and why, but he definitely had a better grasp by the end of the session; he had solved several similar problems on his own by the time we separated for the evening. I felt like he made good starting progress on this unit's material."
"Met the student last night, as part of his spring-break tutoring. Since his math teacher assigned daily homework over the break, we definitely had some projects to work on. The terrain was all fairly familiar. Decimals, fractions, etc. The best news came in the middle of the session when he asked if I wanted to see his report card. I said, sure, if he felt like he wanted to share it. And there I saw that he had earned a B in math. This is a marked improvement from the F grade he had started our sessions with. It was hard not to be excited and feel real satisfaction over the improvement."
"The student has improved in just the short time we've been together. She's getting a good understanding of limits and is answering questions on her own. She relies on her calculator a bit too much I think. I'm getting her to visualize the problems more so she can be a bit more efficient, anticipate the answers, and check her work. I'm also working to improve her algebra. We had some problems that required factoring today, and I had to review that with her."
"We looked at material covered the week before break. We covered the algebraic and differential properties of e and of the natural log, then practical problems of relative rate of change and demand curve elasticity."
"Today the student and I finished up her implicit differentiation unit. She needs to work ahead on her own more between our session if she's going to make up ground, and she knows that already. For what we worked on, though, she did a wonderful job with only a handful of mistakes here and there, some of which she caught after making them. Just encourage her to do more independent work before our next meeting so that she makes up the ground she's lost. Thanks!"