Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is now working on exponential functions and graphing them. Graphing them was not too difficult; she just needed to brush up on transformations, especially reflections. We also talked about how transformations affect range. Next, we worked on exponential growth and compound interest problems. The exponential growth ones dealt with population and outbreak examples, and I just needed to explain how to know which number to put in for t to answer the problem. We also went over the different variables in compound interest formulas and the difference between normal compound interest and continually compounded interest."
"The student is preparing for a math exam scheduled for Wednesday. We reviewed the basic concepts needed for the most recent units involving proportional relationships, rates of scale, graphing, finding and comparing area, and converting fractions to decimals. I want to see him perform these tasks on his own. We will attempt this next session. He informed me that his grammar test score rose about 20 percent."
"The student is preparing for a quiz coming up this week, so we reviewed his homework on forming and solving equations from word problems. We also practiced finding the area of a shaded region indirectly, using information provided in figures."
"The student is preparing for a test tomorrow on the last few chapters of the textbook. She had prepared several worksheets with answers to problems with which she was concerned. We reviewed growth/ decay problems (she was very confident), exponent handling (she is fairly confident), manipulation of functions ( a little less confident), and log problems (she is least confident). We worked the problems together, and I showed her some tricks to reduce exponent problems to their lowest values by extracting squares from under radicals. I explained that logs can be read as the exponent of the base, for easier manipulation. The inverse functions can be especially confusing, so we worked on simple ways to reduce their complexity. She was receptive, and much more confident when we finished."
"The student is preparing for the SAT. We looked at the different topics covered by the new SAT test such as "Heart of Algebra," "Problem Solving and Data Analysis," and "Passport to Advanced Math." He has a unique method to solving problems, and it works for him. So, we will build off of his strengths. He has minimal exposure to these types of questions. We will work on many problems together to increase his exposure."
"The student is prepping for his final, so we covered test #3 questions. We reviewed roots, division, composition, and asymptotes. He did the best on this test, so he only has a bit to review on this material before the final."