Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We covered practice problems of solving for variables in equations with exponentials and logarithms. This relies primarily on using the 3 or 4 properties that relate exponents and logarithms to addition, multiplication, subtraction, and each other. With this material, the student seemed to get comfortable with a new concept after about 3 practice problems. I find this promising."
"We covered problems on finding the extreme values of rational functions with the aid often of a TI graphing calculator. She had a worksheet from her teacher as homework/review. She was at her usual diligence with her work, though we noticed some inconsistencies with the results from the scientific calculator. I showed her the importance of the constraints in the context of such word problems. No grades for noting progress."
"We covered properties of exponents, radical and exponential notation, and evaluating radicals. The student struggled with understanding the properties of exponents, especially negative exponents. He is well aware of the product property of exponents, but unsure about the others. He handled himself well, while dealing with the problems. After giving him a mini-lesson on properties of exponents, he understood what to do. Also, he kept a positive attitude the entire session. He had plenty of practice problems to try on his own and many to try after the tutoring session. I checked for understanding throughout. I believe he is prepared to approach the problems on his own. He did not know his multiplication facts, which affected him in a tremendous way. I spoke with him and explained how important it is to know his multiplication facts."
"We covered questions on simple interest and rate of change for word problems. We also covered finding roots of polynomials (i.e. zeroes) and explored expressing parabolic functions given vertex and a point. The student was very attentive and open to learn the concepts which were a little bit outdated for her."
"We covered sections 2.4 & 2.5. We worked through the student's homework, which covered identifying odd and even functions, and describing transformations of functions. The student learned how to use his calculator to help him solve these problems, along with how to do it algebraically."
"We covered several of his quizzes on which he missed problems when taken the first time. His teacher allows the class to retake quizzes within a given limited number of days, so we met to make sure he was ready to take any remaining reattempts tomorrow. He understands the concept and how to apply it, so he should be prepared for the quizzes now. "