Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today the student and I covered limits and some other algebra basics. Hopefully, as things progress, we will be able to get into a better rhythm."
"The student and I discussed finding limits of functions algebraically and graphically. We will meet again next Sunday."
"We spent the majority of the session on Math League problems, in order to prepare for a meet later this week. One of the problems involved bases, so we talked about base 10 and what she knew about it, then made what she knew analogous to binary. Once we felt comfortable with how to operate in that mindset, we were able to abstract those techniques to a variable base b. I was able to convey to her the significance of the cyclic nature of i, and how starting the cycle at one point or another didn't matter, as long as the number of cycle removed remained the same. Although much of the session was spent outside of calculus, I think she really saw the importance of asking what you know, how you know, and what you can do with it. Once we walked through the problems, she understood what was going on, and later, when we did the average value theorem and sums in integration, she was noticeably abstracting concepts more."
"We covered a wide variety of topics in finite math: linear programming both tableau and graphical, counting theory, probability, and matrices."
"The student is prepping for her test on Friday and Monday so we worked through problems on her packet and talked about what to focus on for the test. She is very worried about the test and feels that even the top students in her class are not understanding the information so we talked about focusing on the things she did know and remembering that this test does not count on her grade. We also talked about how to read the questions and think about what they are asking especially when the questions use language that she is not used to. I tried to give as much assistance as I could but much of the content on this test is outside what she has done in class this year. I talked to her about focusing on the problems she does know how to solve and to at least set things up in a way that makes sense even if she cannot solve the problem."
"This was my first session with the student. She's taking some pretty advanced courses for her age but does a pretty good job with a lot of it! I wanted to see what level she's at, so we jumped in and did one of the practice quizzes ranked at "hard" difficulty. I'd say about half of the problems she was very competent at; another 40% she needed some help either due to some confusion about a particular topic or technique or because she didn't know. About 10% or so was material her teacher hadn't gotten to yet. I talked with her a bit about some of these problems but didn't focus too much, since I'd rather focus on the material her teacher wants her to learn. I got a good feel for what areas she is proficient in or not. Next time, I think I'll hit certain areas a bit harder, like arithmetic fundamentals and function families, since that's good theory to have at this point."