Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This is my last week with this student! Her pre-calc final is on Wednesday and her chem final, a practice SAT II exam, is on Thursday. Today we focused on math. The student's class has covered a remarkable amount of material, from conic sections to polar equations to methods of solving systems of equations. Since her reasoning is very good, our main task was sorting through the many different rules for conics (hyperbolas, parabolas, and ellipses) and devising ways to remember them. Our extra-long session was very productive - by the end, she could solve problems regarding any conic and distinguish between them as well. We finished up with a random mix of especially difficult practice problems from all areas of the course. I feel very good about this session, especially since she and I plan to meet again before her final! I'm sure she will do great."
"We continued to review for the student's Calculus final. He is clearly working very hard, and I think he can do what he needs to get credit for the class and graduate. I commend his resilience."
"The student felt very pleased with all she had learned this weekend and felt up-to-date on reviewing the notes we had been over. She felt that she had a solid understanding of that material. She and I spent the tutoring session completing her notes from the first week. We talked in depth about absolute value, and completing the square factoring method. She seems to be gaining confidence and her math skills are definitely improving."
"For this final session, we went over the student's old test and quizzes to correct the ones she got wrong. We spent a disproportionate amount of time over the first set, which covered domain/range, but I think it was worth it now that she feels much more confident about this topic. We also spent a good deal of time on graphing functions and their derivatives, and I suggested she find more practice problems before her final. We arrived at a point where she could handle the remaining problems herself."
"The student and I reviewed systems of equations and matrices for her test. She did well with substitution but made some small mistakes early that led to multiple wrong answers. We worked on solving systems using matrices and row operations, which simplified the substation. She was a little unclear on some of the rules for matrix row operations, but she was more comfortable after a couple of practice problems. We also clarified the difference between row-echelon, Gaussian elimination, and Gauss-Jordan elimination. We briefly covered matrix multiplication, and matrix minors/cofactors. I gave her some simple ways to graphically organize the matrix multiplication and the minor matrices."
"The student and I worked through the remainder of his two tests to cover all concepts he needs for his final tomorrow."