Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student is preparing for her state exams and is doing quite well. We are reviewing the probability/permutations/combinations unit."
"We have been reviewing old assessment exams to help the student feel more comfortable with her assessment exam. She is a very smart student, and comfort with the exam format helps build her confidence."
"The student was a little rusty on finding trig function values and using inverse trig functions after her vacation, so we re-covered those concepts thoroughly to refresh her memory. We then moved on to solving non-right triangles using the Laws of Sines and Cosines. She picked up these new skills very quickly."
"The student continued to work with logarithms, natural logarithms, exponential functions and functions with e taken to a variable power. She worked on a review packet that covered the entire chapter, graphing both log and exponential functions, solving for variables in log or exponential positions. She seemed very comfortable using the various rules of logs, power rule, sum/difference relationship."
"The student had several "similar triangle" assignments from the last few days that were to be completed by the following day. He had a few questions from the work that he had already completed, mostly related to the actual set up of the problem. We discussed the usefulness of not only setting up the ratio with regards to two of the three sides but also between the big triangle and the small triangle. He is very comfortable performing the steps once the system is set up. Normally the student would have a test on Friday but this week was unique, meaning they will have a test next Friday. In order to better prepare him for that test I will bring slightly more advanced versions of his homework problems so as to check on his true understanding of the material and not just his ability to plug and chug. We finished up the session with a set of 15 questions that I had created in order to better test his understanding of exponents, radicals, and variable manipulation. He does a great job at identifying the common factors of complicated fractions but has trouble moving from the first simplifying step to the next step of factoring or canceling. After a little bit of review and some practice he seems better at the factor tree when simplifying radicals. Next week I'd also like to bring a tool sheet which better shows the rules of radical manipulation paired with so more problems which require him to evaluate exponents with fractions in them, and equations that need to be factored before being evaluated."
"The student completed an assignment on solving exponential and logarithmic equations. We discussed the relationship between logarithms and exponents, and strategies for solving problems. Also discussed chemistry, specifically different types and properties of mixtures and solutions."