Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered rate of change questions in algebra. We then also looked at some geometry concepts, including how to write a two-column proof and supplementary angles. He then worked on writing a proof about supplementary angles. The session went well. He is a quick witted guy and learns things very quickly."
"The student and I reviewed three different forms of linear relationship: slope-intercept, point-slope, and standard form. We discussed how to find slope and y-intercept knowing two points, or one point and a given slope. We practiced several examples of direct problems and word problems in which the linear relationship was applied. We also reviewed graphing, special slope of vertical and horizontal line, and the meaning of x- and y-intercept. He was thorough on the calculations of slope, intercept, and the conversion between different forms of linear relationship. I introduced the slope relationship between two parallel and two perpendicular lines. We went over a few examples in which we derived the linear equation using a given point and a parallel/perpendicular relationship with a known line. He will need more practice on this new type of problem, and I expect him to show work on the whiteboard once he gets a touch pad."
"I covered how to solve problems using the order of operations for problems that involve multiplication, division, addition and subtraction. I then covered finding LCM and GCF, and divisibility tricks for numbers divisible by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, etc. The student needed help with LCM and GCF mostly. Once he understood the concept, he was able to do other problems accurately. I taught him quicker ways to divide numbers, and he learned that quickly."
"We focused primarily on regression. I broke down all the main components of the unit and explained (including visual assistance) how they work as well as their significance. We spent a good amount of time explaining correlation, its purpose and the various ways of calculating it. We then went over the difference between the correlation coefficient and the coefficient of determination. We ended the review by practicing using the calculations to show scatterplots, regression lines, and residual plots. We practiced what he learned with AP exam questions. We ended the session reviewing some calculus problems."
"Today we discussed intuitive derivative. The student was having issues understanding the concept around looking at a function and being able to visualize the derivative by using the slopes of the original function. It took some time to explain it to him because I was trying to give him a visual. After the visual examples, he understood it better. We also went over implicit differentiation. We focused on deriving to get y'. After working on getting y', I helped him to get to y''. I asked him how he was feeling about his class in terms of tempo and workload and he said that he thinks the class is a little fast, but he does try to talk with his teacher at least 2 times/week. I also asked him how he felt about our time and if he found it effective. He said that things make sense after being explained and he finds this time effective. I encouraged him to read his textbook and to practice trig function derivatives. Overall, it was a good session."
"We went back over counting nickels and dimes. She excelled at counting by 5s and 10s. We also went over basic addition and subtraction, and she struggled at first but then we went over counting fingers and she did really well. Lastly we worked on spelling words. She sounded out and knew 11 out of 12 of the words. I then had her make sentences with each of the words and she did really well."