Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I began by going over her last quiz, where she made an 85. Looking through it, her errors had to do with calculation mistakes rather than mistakes that had to do with her not knowing the material. She can fix this by double-checking her work as she's going instead of at the end. We then worked on prepping her for her quiz on arithmetic and geometric sequences. She had a few questions, and we cleared those up and then began to work on word problems. She should work on more arithmetic examples because we worked more on geometric sequences."
"The student and I began fractions, looking at equivalent fractions. A decision was made to skip over some concepts so that she is aligned with her class' current math curriculum."
"The student and I began our first session by taking stock of his performance in the course thus far. He feels good about linear algebra and vector operations, but has struggled with integrals and partial derivatives. We focused our time on his most recent homework, and reviewed solving a few problems in optimization. He had some initial difficulty starting with partial derivatives, but quickly overcame it. We took a moment to review solving systems of equations, which is required for finding solution sets. He seemed increasingly confident as we progressed and planned to finish the rest of the assignment on his own. I also directed him to an online resource for free 3D plotting software and additional learning resources."
"The student and I began preparing for her upcoming test by working through exercises from a practice test given in class. The concepts focused on applications of first and second derivatives involving graphs and particle motion. I emphasized the fact that the x-intercepts of the graph of the first derivative are critical values, and extrema of this graph are inflection points of the original function. We also discussed how a first derivative can determine if a particle is moving left or right on a horizontal axis, and how to determine turning points. Tomorrow we will finish reviewing for the test."
"The student and I began preparing for his semester Algebra final last night, going back over solving inequalities. He still had the core concepts understood."
"The student and I began reviewing for her Algebra final. She had a review guide that we were able to go over together. For most of the problems, she just needed to discuss how to solve it, but whenever she showed any hesitation or confusion, we did the problem together. I asked her a lot of questions about the problems, using vocabulary terms and core concepts to test her understanding. She is honest when she doesn't know the answer, making my job much easier to help her! We worked for an hour and were able to cover almost the entire review packet. We have another sessions scheduled the following week when we can go over anything we missed or that she is still unsure about."