Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I started out by working through some problems finding the slope of a parabola at a given point using limits. Then we worked through her teacher's notes on writing equations of tangent lines to parabolas in vertex form. We followed that up with a couple additional problems on this topic. We talked a little bit about a project she was recently assigned and some possible pictures to use. We ended the session reviewing how to graph parabolas that open both up/down and left/right. She is not really struggling with anything; I think the extra review will help her graph parabolas quicker and be more prepared for the next phase of this unit."
"Today the student's homework assignment took up the hour and a half to review - she had some trouble understanding confidence intervals, but seemed to have a better idea by the end of the session. We will probably review it again next week."
"In this session with the student, we worked on logarithmic conversions that were assigned in her Algebra class. We reviewed the underlying concepts and she picked them up easily. She worked through most of the problems independently, but needed occasional guidance with quadratic functions. With some more practice, she should easily be able to master this section."
"During this session, the student followed up on a few questions she had on the homework for the next class. After that, we did more general review for a quiz on Friday. Specifically, we reviewed anti-derivatives and the introduction to integrals. She did really well with the material, and had done work on her own on a problem that she had struggled with last time. We also spoke briefly at the end on potentially doing work on the Math portion of the SAT in the future."
"We went over ellipses and hyperbolas, concerning graphing, vertices, foci, and asymptotes when applicable. We then went over her lab for Chemistry, about bonding in crystal structures."
"The student and I covered surface area on rectangular pyramids and cones. Then we did a basic review over the formulas of area over triangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, and circles. Afterwards, we worked on volumes of cubes, rectangular prisms, pyramids, and cylinders. She understands the basic concepts, and we are working on remembering the formulas and understanding variables."
"The student and I reviewed for her upcoming math midterm. The midterm covers chapters 1-4, and we reviewed the first 2, which covered basic algebra concepts like slope and systems of equations. I left her with notes that I had been taking with examples of problems with which she needed a little extra help. We will meet one more time before the exam to review the remaining material."
"We covered chapter 4 as we went over her recent exam mistakes. I would like to see how she reasons through these problems more next time. She will work on homework and present questions for me to work on with her the next time we meet."
"The student and I did her review sheet from the last test to refresh the skill set. The problems included calculating values with interest, solving inequalities involving radicals, and logarithms/exponential functions. Most of her minor previous issues were easily fixed, but we will be focusing on radical inequality. After going over it again on my own, I developed a plan to thoroughly explain it to her at our next session."
"We focused on complex numbers: conjugates, radicand and discriminant, the fundamental theorem of algebra, powers of i, square roots, quadratic equations, functions, and the quadratic formula. We also discussed in detail the innumerable applications of complex numbers (e.g. quantum physics, financial markets, and electrical engineering to name just a few). We also talked about fractals and their relationship to complex numbers. The student needed a little extra help with powers of i and solving equations involving complex numbers, but after showing him how to do them he quickly understood and was able to do the problems himself."
"The student and I focused on compound interest and mortgage problems today, working through several example problems she had assigned from her professor. She has a really great grasp of these problems now and should excel at them when her professor tests on the material."
"The student and I worked through everything logarithmic. We talked about natural logs, and how to graph and manipulate everything using properties. She should be set for her upcoming quiz. She also recently got a 90 on her test which is a step up from previous tests."