Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We continued with simplification of trigonometric expressions and identities. The student had no problem understanding the material."
"The student had a very large packet that outlined transformations of functions and it worked on averages and medians (and how they change when you add or subtract values from the entire set). We wrote down all of the different types of "parent" functions that can be transformed, and we did an example of each these functions and how they transform/reflect over axis. Last, we did a hand-written example of why means are transformed when you add constant to an entire set, but why standard deviations do not change when you add a constant to an entire set."
"The student has a quiz on Thursday so we reviewed for that today. The quiz will cover all of the exponent and logarithm topics that we have been working on. Not many comments here as most things improved throughout the session. The student seems to be very prepared for the quiz."
"Completed at least 20 practice problems with law of sine concepts. Reviewed aspects of multiplying, dividing, adding, and subtracting polynomial rational expression. Made sure student understood modes to use calculator as a tool to ensure efficient use."
"This was my first session with the student for about a month. She reported that she has a quiz tomorrow. We reviewed all her work for the last month. We reviewed trig function and graphs and circular functions and the unit circle. We worked on graphing sine, cosine tangent function as well as determining what the equation was for a function. She seemed to have a good grasp of the concepts of the subject. She had one problem worksheet but the values she needed to do that worksheet were not complete."
"Today we finished the student's unit on logarithms, exponents, and change-of-base. While I provided the student with support to study the material for the test, we had to move on to assignments that were due soon. Primarily--the beginning of trigonometry and the unit circle. We went over terminal points, the concept of the unit circle and its standard equation. Thus, we were able to complete his due assignments together and help him get introduced to the idea of measuring circles using "radians" and the main functions of trigonometry--sine, cosine, and tangent."
"We worked triangle problems from the student's homework. We skipped the routine problems she shows she can do and moved on to some word problems and skipped ahead to preview some of the coming concepts. The student is catching on more quickly which convinces me the basics are clicking and she is dealing with integrating what she's learned."
"More good news from the student this session. She pulled two more A's on her class evaluations. This would indicate that she is grasping the concepts she was having trouble with before. Our main challenge will be keeping up this great progress so that she can boost her semester grade to the B that she desires. The material has recently been fairly simple for her. This time, we went over horizontal and oblique asymptotes. We will likely work on these more at our Wednesday session."
"Student has a test tomorrow, so we practiced a lot of problems for it. We reviewed upper/ lower bound, Descartes theory, the connection between roots and factors, rational root theorem, complex roots. We spoke about the meaning of a root and how complex roots always come in pairs. She seemed to have a much stronger understanding of the material at the end of our session, particularly the application of the theorems, the purpose of synthetic division and the connection between roots and factors."
"In our session, I split my time equally with both students. With Student 1, we worked primarily on pre-calculus and specifically with graphing polynomial functions and other material that her teacher had assigned as review. With Student 2, we primarily worked on solving linear inequalities and graphing its solution. Our next session will be on Wednesday."
"The student and I met today to review some of her assignments that she had left over from previous sessions--review on the trig concepts she has learned most recently. She still needs to take the last test, so we went over some of the review sheets for Chapter 3 to prepare her."
"We covered long division of polynomials using imaginary terms. At first, the student needed help using imaginary terms as zeroes, but with practice she grasped the concept much better. She has a test that she is reviewing for and is using a study sheet for extra practice."