Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Reviewed for a pre-calculus quiz that the student has tomorrow. The quiz covers limits, the difference quotient, the limit of the difference quotient, DNE limits, and the beginning part of derivatives. She was not very confident with the material and was very unsure of herself when answering the practice questions, even though she understands functions well enough. Once I explained to her the rationale behind limits (that they were just the y values of functions when plugging in a certain value of x) she did much better. We went through all of her PowerPoint lectures from class and did practice problems from the lectures as well as from her math textbook."
"First, we reviewed the student's pre-calc homework. Then, we talked about his bigger assignments in school and made a calendar for him. We made a calendar for each of his classes in school. I think it has the potential to work well for the student because the calendars all show up on the main calendar interface, so he should be able to see everything at the same time. The problem, though, is getting calendar information from his teachers. They seem to update the calendars sporadically; we don't know as of now when any of his unit tests will be. I suggest the student talk to some of his teachers about the best way to deal with this. We also worked on a revision of an essay he had written about had good instincts about changes to make."
"The student and I spent the session reviewing for her test on exponential and logarithmic functions. We went over how to graph each and how the graphs can be transformed. We also reviewed the power rule, product rule, quotient rule and how to use these to solve a log expression for x. Finally, we did several exponential growth word problems. She was rusty at first, but after reviewing she was able to successfully work through most types of problems."
"Today we went through a couple handouts that his teacher gave him for review on the logarithms test. We moved through the first one at a fairly slow rate as the questions on there were very difficult and some were extremely esoteric, but he got through them well. The second worksheet was a little easier and he was able to get through this one with greater ease. I think that he is well prepared for the test and got an A on his last quiz, so I think we are moving in the right direction"
"The student had homework covering parametric equations. A few of the problems were a little difficult because of the long word problems, but I think he understood them pretty well. The last problem, however, looked as if there was a typo, but we attempted calculating the answer anyway. The answer that we calculated didn't make any sense so we recalculated at least 5 times each and then attempted changing the numbers, but it still wouldn't come up right. I told him to ask his teacher if the problem had been printed right or if the unrealistic answer was correct. I am very impressed with his motivation to solve the problem, though, because a lot of people would have given up."
"The student and I had our first session, which she used to review and prep for her upcoming test on polynomial functions of degrees higher than 4, graphing polynomial functions of degrees higher than 4, graphing and identifying the vertical/horizontal asymptotes of a rational function as well as its roots. She reviewed how to use the rational zero theorem, synthetic and long divisions to find roots of a polynomial function. She did not struggle with the major concepts; there were some details about asymptotes, domain and range that once reviewed, she seemed to be more confident working on."