Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We did a mixed review covering exponents, FOIL, systems of equations, graphing on a number line and translating word problems into algebraic equations."
"Reviewed algebra concepts with the student in preparation for his midterm. Focused on reducing radical expressions and scaling shapes (finding respective areas and perimeters)."
"The student and I reviewed the imaginary numbers during our session. The student's teacher assigned her homework problems to practice factoring, foiling, and solving for equations that require utilizing imaginary numbers. Her teacher also introduced a new method for solving complex equations that require the use of the quadratic equation to solve them. We reviewed this method together, and she completed problems utilizing this method. At the end of the session, she was able to complete her homework problems, covering all the topics discussed, with ease."
"The student completed the conics unit practice test that we started last week. Since we had already finished similar questions last time, she had a better understanding and confident explanations for her answers. We discussed exponential and logarithmic functions and how they are inverses of one another. She said she had a difficult time understanding this unit last year. I explained that as functions, these functions have similar properties in terms of translations. We will try to relate this unit to previous units to provide clarity and hopefully make it more understandable!"
"The student was getting ready for midterm exam and had a study sheet to work from, so we covered things including logarithms, conic sections, finding function compositions, inverse functions, as well as algebraic equations. It is vital that he draw pictures that describe the question before trying to solve it. Every problem solution can be broken down into solvable fundamental steps, but it is those steps that are often difficult to see. Work from what you know to what you don't know. You may not be able to find the final answer right away, but it may become apparent once some unknown pieces have been discovered. If you don't know what to do, try what you know and the answer that you want often will jump out at you."
"Today we reviewed for the student's exam next week. It will cover limits, continuity, and derivatives through limits and derivation rules. The student needed help with the process of finding limits, but I think we made a breakthrough this session. I left him with things that he must become comfortable with before the exam still, and questions to ask his professor before taking the exam. I left the possibility open of having another session before the exam in case he needs extra practice. Overall, I was quite impressed with his performance in this session. He appeared more receptive to instruction and was able to complete one of the tougher problems on his own."