Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over the student's chapter 3 test, on logs and exponential function. He did good, most points were lost for not doing the problem the way the teacher intended, but his grasp of the material is very good. Then he had no trouble doing his homework set for the next section, on values of the unit circle and corresponding trig function values."
"We got through a whole online assignment for the course, in the process of which we went over the sum and difference arguments for the sine, cosine, and tangent. The student took to the material fairly well. By tomorrow he should have finished memorizing the trigonometry identities we went over on Sunday and the sum and difference arguments. He should also have completed another assignment by then so that we will be able to work through an online quiz."
"In preparation for the final exam next Monday, today we worked on a review sheet that the student had been given in class. During the session we completed the worksheet and were able to get a sense of what we should focus on in the next week. The student will work through the review sheets on his own, and during our sessions we will work on the chapter 2 and 3 material, which are the topics that we have not yet covered in tutoring. It will be a lot of work for the student, but with only a week left of the semester, it will be worth it."
"On Monday, the student and I worked through his unit 5 review homework in preparation for his unit 5 test on Tuesday. The problems primarily focused on solving equations containing the trigonometric properties while integrating the unit circle."
"The student is currently learning about sum and difference trig identities. I helped him better understand the concept. We worked on problems from his textbooks. In addition, I taught him an easy way to remember the identities."
"We reviewed for the his test on Wednesday. Specifically, we covered graphing rational functions, the relationship between polynomial factor and roots, the rational roots and remainder theorem, synthetic division (in the context of polynomial factors), the vertex and standard equation forms of a parabola, and the Descartes Rule of Signs. He didn't have any much difficulty with any of the topics. It was more of a comfortable recap (his comfort was evident in his recent quiz grades, a 100 and 97). I am confident (he is too!) that he will do well on this upcoming test. Another great session."
"We specifically went over his quiz that he got back from his class today. Many of the questions involved verifying the validity of a trigonometric equation. As a result, I gave him some strategies in order to help him solve these types of problems. One of the strategies is to always focus on the goal of what he is trying to prove. Knowing this, he was able to choose the right manipulation techniques in order to solve the problem. I left him with more practice problems at home. Overall, the session was excellent."
"We went over quadratic equations and synthetic division. He seemed to understand synthetic division once I showed him how to do it. I did give him a practice problem similar to the ones that will be on his test in the next few days."
"The student and I continued to prepare for her exam on Thursday. She told me that she did well on her quiz that made sure she memorized the trig identities that she needed to learn for the test. We did a couple of problems on her review sheet. She seemed to know how to do the math and had a good understanding on the identities. We also timed her on the problems, so that she would be able to do the problems quickly in order to maximize time for her to check her work."
"We worked on the student's homework which consisted of proving trigonometric identities using half angle and double angle formulas. We were able to successfully complete the problem set with him having a good understanding how each problem is performed."
"The student and I discussed some more properties of sines and cosines. I showed him the many uses of the sine and cosine function and how to apply them to models of the real world."
"Student and I worked on writing equations for and graphing tangent lines to parabolas. Once we worked a few examples, he showed a very strong understanding of the process. In addition, he has very strong algebraic skills."