Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today, the student wanted to check her homework together because she was uncertain of her answers. This particular page had mostly word problems on area and perimeter, but also had some review of money and data. It is important to go over her answers because we are reading the story problems and looking for understanding before we attempt to solve them. We focused on what the problem was asking her to do and also reviewed what area and perimeter was. I asked her to draw a picture (representation) of the rectangle and to write an equation to see what needed to be done. I had her use her white board to do the work, but wanted her to write in a journal to record what area and perimeter were. Once she was able to determine the appropriate action, she proceeded to use what she knew about multiplication and division to find the answer. She needed some direction, so I repeated the steps. I asked her to always check her answer to see if it made sense. After we checked her homework, we checked her independent work with addition and subtraction problems. She did well, with 8/10 correct. She corrected her mistakes with some guidance and she was happy to see I had written stars on her answers as we worked. I told her she has great addition and subtraction skills. Next, we had time to practice her 11's and 12's. I asked her to practice on those before Wednesday. She had a great attitude and was willing to try again and persevere when she was unsure."
"We went over the student's Algebra 2 review packet. The concepts covered were writing the equation and graphing the parabola and circle. I also covered simplifying and expanding logarithmic expressions."
"We studied more definite integrals, integration by parts, u substitution, rate of growth, areas under the curve, rate of assimilation, future value of continuous stream of investment. Total number of subscribers to a newspaper if rate of growth given over a period of time. Using indefinite and definite integrals."
"We are worked on the student's practice test for kinematics. We worked on the problems, and she will be going over the material today. We'll be doing a vector packet tomorrow."
"Today we covered the derivatives of inverse trig functions and inverse functions. The student got much better with the Chain Rule, but still needs a bit more practice [Don't forget to multiply by the derivative of the inner function, and remember that sometimes there are inner functions within an inner function!]. We went over some problems in that section."
"Today, the student and I worked on exponential growth, exponential decay, how to determine if a function is growth or decay from equation, transformations of exponential equations, that a fraction and a negative exponent are the same thing, and logarithm practice."
"Today, the student and I reviewed a lot of the same topics we've been going over the past few weeks. I mentioned to her that once we get through this week, we will start implementing some practice problems to do halfway through the week so she can retain the information better. This session went very well, and since the quiz is tomorrow, I expect she will do just fine."
"During today's session, we covered imaginary numbers defined. The student successfully completed the take home problems sets for this area. He should continue to work through similar problems on the online daily math sets provided. We also covered operations and imaginary numbers. The student completed the examples and up to question 12 in this problem set. He should be sure to put answers in the a + bi format and continue to work through the remainder of the problem set. A new unit on polynomials was also introduced towards the end of the session. I briefly demonstrated how to divide long polynomials. We will pick up on this unit next week. I will provide the student with a problem set in this area as well."
"The primary focus of today's session was sight words. The student's mother sent me a list of 100 sight words that she should know by the end of the year. Today, we started with the first 10. The plan is to practice an additional 10 words each week until she is competent. I made flashcards for each word, and we went over them several times. The first time I simply had her sound out the word, then I asked her to spell it and use it in a sentence. Then, we played Bingo with all 10 words. She did very well. We will continue this method for the remaining sight words in future sessions."
"The student and I worked primarily on mixed numbers and improper fractions for this session. We began by converting improper fractions to a mixed number, checking our work, and then plotting it on a number line (Harry Potter themed activity). Then, we went through a worksheet on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. We ended the session by reviewing some online homework about mixed numbers."
"In this session, the student wanted to review for an upcoming quiz in his biology class and go over some material from his geometry class work. He had already partially completed a study guide for the quiz, so we went over it and he finished up the problems that remained. It covered the process of gel electrophoresis and the use of restriction enzymes and plasmids in genetically modified organisms. We then reworked a few problems from his math class work that were confusing to him, covering parabolas in the conics unit. He got to a much better understanding of this material, especially the idea of using the p-value to determine the focus and directrix."
"The client has a test tonight on t-tests for one sample mean. He provided three examples from his course and we worked them through from beginning to end, including all of the steps of hypothesis testing. We set up the null and alternative, sketched the distribution, expected values and critical values. We calculated the test statistics. Then we practiced coming to a conclusion and writing up the results."