Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began with a review of solving a system of equations. Initially, she learned to solve a system by graphing and then taking the intersection of lines as a solution. Now, however, she is solving the system algebraically using the elimination and substitution methods. I must say that she did a very wonderful job with this. Next, we began to prepare for the assessment by reviewing a packet that she had been given by her teacher. Much of the information on this review packet is information that we have already covered in one way or another. The student is a bright young lady. She made minor mistakes on the packet that related to her remembering order or to add a negative. She has really good reasoning skills and she has a good understanding of the major concepts. She should study the smaller things very thoroughly, as these will be the things that could trip her up."
"We worked on rational functions. We started by discussing what the domain is referring to. We worked on understanding why it is important and how knowing the domain will help with graphing rational functions. We used limits to find the horizontal asymptote. Finally, we plotted a few strategic points to graph the function. We looked at how to change graphs and what stretching a graph will do. We spent a good amount of time playing with these functions so that he had time to absorb the information."
"Today was my first session working with the student. She's preparing for the AP Calculus test in May and needs some help preparing before she takes it. My goal today was to do two things: to work on her current lessons and to figure out where her weaknesses are in her past material. I found that there are a lot of things throughout Calculus that she definitely needs some more work on. In our lesson today, we reviewed two of the most essential parts of Calculus: integration by substitution and integration by parts. We were able to incorporate this into her current lesson on solving improper integrals. As we move forward, I want to make sure that she is understanding her current material while still reinforcing problematic areas in the past for her. Through this, she should be much more prepared for her AP test than she would have been otherwise. I hope to help her get a high score on the test!"
"Today's session covered quadratic equations: factoring binomials using various strategies such as perfect squares and the difference of squares and grouping. In the latter part of the session, solving quadratic equations was covered utilizing factoring, completing the squares and the quadratic formula. The student was able to solve all problems with little to no help. She was successful at attempting and solving relatively tough problems by herself."
"We reviewed graphs, functions, scatter plots, and slopes. The student worked hard to understand the question, gather the information provided in the question and apply formula to get the answer."
"The student always has a positive attitude and is eager to work on multiplication and division problems with me. He works very hard on each and every problem. The only thing he needs to work on is his confidence. He's extremely smart and catches on easily to the concepts I have shown him. He can divide without writing down the method. He also mastered multiplying using the traditional method and two-digit by two-digit multiplication."