Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed what we had previously covered on logarithms. He still has a few misconceptions that hopefully he becomes less inclined to get caught up on as we work through them, but he seems to understand what we are discussing better than he did when we started. We also covered some more factoring, solving of generic equations, and simplifying expressions. We will continue to work on getting him to manipulate equations and expressions more efficiently in order to not get caught up in so many steps that tend to confuse him more than help him."
"The student and I reviewed word problems involving arithmetic sequences, finding a specific term by an explicit function, and by a recursive function. I did indicate that arithmetic sequences would form a line when graphed, with the common difference being the slope. This was homework from her Advanced Math class. In Algebra 2, she had to simplify rational expressions and tell where the function would not be defined (denominator at zero). She also had a few problems in multiplying rational functions. This involved factoring the numerator and denominator where applicable and cancelling common factors of the numerator and denominator. She did well with this."
"The student and I reviewed work that he had missed during the week. We focused on operations using negative numbers and using the number line. We also did similar operations with variables substituted by numbers. We finished by completing an acrostic poem required for class."
"The student and I spent most of the time finalizing her written problem so she could submit it today. It was very involved and took most of our time. Then we worked on a few of her challenge problems, and she got them correct. She has a good handle on functions and polynomials. This is good news for her, since we will be working with polynomials for most of the rest of the class."
"The student and I spent our session on Wednesday going over multiple take-home quizzes, some of which covered new material and some of which reviewed material from earlier in the semester. The new material concerned conceptual issues about functions, such as domains, function composition, and using the so-called "vertical line test" to determine whether a relation is a function. The review material concerned factoring expressions, using negative and fractional exponents, and simplifying complex fractions. He is in reasonably good shape on the material we discussed today. He has a review sheet with a very large number of problems on it, so I would suggest he start going over some of these on his own as soon as he can. We will plan to have our next session this Friday."
"The student and I spent our session reviewing for his upcoming finals in linear algebra and multivariable calculus. We began by working through an incomplete version of his linear algebra exam, discussing definitions and problems as we went. He felt confident with most of the material and planned to complete the review on his own. Next, we moved to calculus and covered topics in vectors including dot/cross product and parameterizations. He seemed to have a good grasp of the chapter (12) overall and planned to revisit some of the geometric ideas. We concluded the session by talking through his study plans which included office hours, old assignments, and tutorials."