Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over how to find extrema in multiple variables (after reviewing the methods of single variable). We used this to look at optimization problems. Then we studied the method of Lagrange Multipliers. We did a few examples from each of the chapters but focused on examples in Lagrange."
"Today we began Chapter 5 on Quadratic Functions. We went over the lessons and homework of the first two sections: Graphing Quadratic Functions and Solving Quadratic Equations by Factoring. The student did very well on the graphing portion. He was very receptive to my suggestions and applied them immediately. We finished the homework, and I advised him to practice on the odd-numbered homework problems that the teacher didn't assign."
"The student hasn't gotten her exam back, but she felt she did well. We worked on constructions. Mostly, we copied angles. The problems should be stated something like: Given angle CAD and a ray with endpoint B, construct angle EBF such that angle CAD is congruent to angle EBF, CA = EB and AD = BF. Then we copied triangles using SAS and SSS. She did well."
"We went over simplifying expressions and the distributive property for the majority of the session. The student had trouble with the concept of like terms but, through doing many practice problems, had a better grasp by the end of the session. The student had a positive attitude throughout the session."
"Today, we started by reviewing how to subtract with borrowing. The student did very well. We then reviewed how to add 3 digit by 3 digit numbers when you need to carry. We finished that part off by doing a few word problems. We talked about keywords in the question that help us decide whether we need to add or subtract. The last thing we did for math was go over how to tell time. She did amazingly well at this. She was able to use a regular clock to tell time, to almost the exact minute. I was very proud of her because this is a very hard concept for most 3rd grade kids. We finished the day by doing some reading comprehension. We read a story about skeletons and worked through the story to answer some questions. She did a good job going back to the passage to look for her answers."
"We went over the properties of addition, subtraction with large numbers, and problem solving. The student is very competent in addition and subtraction. I gave her some homework with the problem solving."