Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed for his final. We covered rational expressions, the quadratic formula, zeros of polynomials, nested functions, and the difference quotient. The student understood most of everything and sometimes just needed a point in the right direction."
"We focused on homework involving basic families of polar graphs, such as cardioids, lemniscates, and roses. Student had a very good grasp of how to graph different shapes and how to analyze their equations in order to determine which class they belonged to, where any major or minor axes were located, and whether there were any internal loops. He said that it helped that his teacher had given a lot of examples and direct instruction, instead of the group work that has been more prevalent lately. It seems he works best with some direct instruction rather than in a group setting, which is true for a lot of people. He felt much more confident about this new section than he has been about previous ones."
"Test 17 - Form 1 (Lesson 105): We corrected the problems where she made procedural mistakes when she took the test. We did the worksheets for the following topics: 1). Factoring trinomials with leading coefficient one. 2). Factoring trinomials with leading coefficient greater than 1. 3). Solving quadratic equations by completing squares."
"We reviewed converting radians to degrees and vice versa. We covered angular speed problems, unit circle calculations, coterminal angles, and reference angles. We reviewed some homework problems that he got stuck on. We went through the meaning of the variables in the angular speed equations and how the units are used to solve problems. He has a chapter test tomorrow. He seems to know his unit circle fairly well, especially using it to evaluate trig. functions. I advised him to practice writing out a unit circle from memory. I also advised him to practice more angular speed problems. His homework website allows him to generate similar problems to the ones assigned, so I advised him on getting practice on the problems we went over. Another thing that I noticed was that sometimes he would tend to start thinking too fast when writing out solutions. I advised him that when he feels this way to make sure to take a breath and remember the big picture of the problem. This will help him to think more clearly during a test or homework. We also went over his old test, and I had him correct the mistakes that he made. I told him to make sure to write the correct solutions on the test so he could use it to study for the final exam later on."
"During this session, we finished going over the study guide for the student's test tomorrow. We only had a few problems left so after this we went back over and reviewed everything. He is allowed a note card on this test so we figured out what to write on the note card. His test will be over polynomial and rational functions, graphing them, solving them, long division and synthetic division. Towards the end of the session, he seemed very comfortable with all the information. Here is to hoping he will do great on his test."
"We went through questions the student had preparing for her test tomorrow. Topics were mostly advanced algebra, piecewise functions, domain, range, discontinuities, plots/graphs, and absolute value functions. Next, he completed a homework assignment due after the test. Topics on the assignment included rationalizing fractions and piecewise functions. His attitude was great. We moved through a high value of problems very quickly."