Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I met for the first time yesterday. We talked about which problems she was struggling on and how she wanted to prepare for the exam. We looked at the practice exam and went through a few of the problems. Her current struggle is with problems using substitution of different trig functions to simplify the integral, so we focused on those problems in particular."
"We reviewed on math assignments that the student missed at the beginning of the year. We got through one assignment."
"The student's class is scheduled for a test on a single section (related rates) in the coming week. That section is difficult as it involves mathematical modeling: modeling a real world problem into math form, interpreting the information and requests in math language, solving the mathematical problem, and transferring back to solutions to the original problems. These problems require a synthesis of knowledge and skills in geometry, math, and physics. She needed help on the modeling part, which is new to her. She had no clue how to approach such a problem when we started. But as we solved the first 2, she began to pick up the skills and initiated the modeling (semi-)independently. We solved in total 6 problems, and all the steps and summary were left for later reviews by herself. We scheduled a meeting on Wednesday for more practices."
"The student is working very diligently on his large final exam review packet. It covers a wide range of topics. We focused a good amount of time on rationalizing the denominator by multiplying by the conjugate, involving radicals and imaginary numbers. We also simplified complex fractions involving such irrational numbers."
"Today we worked on adding fractions. We also talked about the student's word problems she had for homework in math. For example, there are 4 students and 3 pizzas. What percentage of the pizza will each student get? I showed her what exactly this fraction/problem looks like by drawing it out. I gave her homework similar to the word problems she had for school on adding and subtracting fractions."
"The student and I reviewed solving and graphing inequalities on a number line. I challenged him to understand the meaning of an inequality solution. I did this by giving him real world problems to solve. He had a much better understanding of the topic afterwards. The next topic we touched on was writing worded expressions and equations. I went over common mistakes students make when translating worded expressions into numerical examples."