Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"For this session, we reviewed for the student's upcoming test. We went through a variety of problems involving both partial fraction decomposition and finding the maximum and minimum within certain parameters of an equation. It was a solid session."
"The student is a very enthusiastic student, and he is not afraid to ask questions, which is a good thing! We started by reviewing the questions that I had assigned him that he got wrong. He seemed to have some trouble with trigonometric equations, but together we were able to correct that. He also asked me about graphing trigonometric functions. I noticed he had trouble remembering which constants affected the graph in what ways, so I showed him the effects individually and coaxed him into discovering why they had certain effects. I left him with some practice word problems from a textbook."
"We have studied inverse trigonometric functions by using no-no-land conditions for each specific arc functions, around 20 problems solved to see no-no-land shaded part in the coordinates and find the answer as a ratio or an angle according to the given compound function. Then we went over the domain and range for three specific functions to practice a prospective quiz problem. Then we started solving trigonometric equations by finding the amount of domain elements in only between 0 and 2pi. Next session we will do more examples on solving trig equations and extend the domain interval more than 2pi."
"This session we reviewed most of the material that the student has recently learned about percents. The main hangup that she was having this session was knowing when something was and wasn't a percentage. A big part of this is simply that she selectively writes the % symbol, so sometimes a percentage has the symbol and sometimes it's just a number, and this obviously causes confusion, so we talked a little bit about the importance of writing out the symbol whenever it is a percentage. The other time that she would get confused was in converting decimals to percentages and vice-versa. She doesn't seem to quite grasp how the two relate or quite understand the fact that they are actually the same number just in another form, so I tried to show her this in various ways including showing how we write, for example, 60% as 60/100, and 60 divided by 100 is 0.60. She is much better at checking her work when she has finished a problem (though she does need to double check the wording of the question more consistently to make sure she has answered exactly what was asked of her), so even though she is making some mistakes with percentages, she is at least realizing that she is getting an incorrect answer and going back to find and fix her mistakes."
"The student worked on his test review. The review contained area problems and volume word problems. He understood how to do the steps but made some mistakes in the multiplication and division required to solve the problems. We worked the easy problems first and worked the harder ones as the session progressed."
"I started by giving the student a quiz on mean, median, mode, and range. He scored a 92.5/100 on the quiz. He missed parts of three questions because he made a mistake in calculating the mean. He needs to work on double checking his work, especially in areas he knows he is likely to make mistakes. We then went over graphs and plotting, and worked multiple examples of dot plots, stem and leaf graphs, and histograms. We ran out of time and didn't get to work on box and whisker plots, so we will start with that next week. We will also work on going over quartiles next week along with the rest of the chapter 10. I gave the student some homework to work on his own in his book, and additional pages of worksheets that he can practice with. He's really making progress and I'm starting to see a difference. There is no reason why he shouldn't excel in his classes if he can avoid making calculation errors. He knows the concepts really well. I will also be testing him at the end of our session next week to prepare him for the test that he has in two weeks."