Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went through the Free Response questions of the Calculus BC exam. This covered power series, differential equations, etc."
"We worked on a set of three free response questions on the test, including using Euler's approximation and finding the Taylor series."
"Student #1 has an algebra 2 test on Friday, so we spent this session going over the logarithm practice problems that her teacher recommended. She is doing much better in terms of understanding logs as exponents. I think the practice problems really helped her feel more confident about the material. I met briefly with student #2. He has a math test on Tuesday, but his review was relatively basic algebra (determining one-to-one functions and calculating inverse functions), and he did not seem concerned. I went through his review packet with him, clarified some of the vocabulary, and talked him through how to approach the different types of problems."
"First, we played multiplication games to practice fact fluency. For our lessons, we learned: (1) counting cubes to find volume, (2) points, lines, and line segments, and (3) polygons. To discuss volume, first I reviewed what the student and I studied about perimeter and area in our last session. Then, I challenged him to build figures with blocks to find their volume. We discussed why volume is measured in cubic units. Then we used cubes to discover why we can multiply length times width times height to find the volume of a rectangular prism. Next, we learned about points, lines, and line segments as well as intersecting and parallel lines. I challenged him to find intersecting and parallel lines in the room and think of real life examples as well (like parallel skis.) Then, we played a game to practice identifying points, lines, line segments, intersecting lines, and parallel lines. Finally, we used our new knowledge of lines, line segments, and points to begin learning about polygons. We discussed the classifications of a polygon and classified shapes as polygons and non-polygons. He did a great job."
"We worked on more advanced radical simplification problems including cube roots and converting from exponential to radical form. We also worked on simplifying fractions with radicals in the denominator using the conjugate. The student did well with the material with practice."
"We continued to work on line graphing and equation conversions. The student solves the equations very quickly with less and less mistakes as we work on more questions. She has shown excellent improvement in detail orientation to the point that we will be moving on to new topics soon. We also worked on geometric transformations and talked about rules for completing transformations on a coordinate grid. She is very positive and interested in improving her math skills. She is a very quick learner. I have left her with some more line graphing work to practice speed and accuracy, and we will move to other techniques for daily practice starting next week."