Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"In this session, the student and I covered radian to degrees conversion, periodicity, area of a sector, linear velocity, trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, the unit circle, rationalization, as well as correct his quiz in preparation for tomorrow's exam. He seemed really confused about the material, but by the end of the session he showed a clear understanding of where his confusion came from and what to do about it. He seemed more relaxed and confident at the end of the session."
"The student and I went over her homework on double and half angle formulas, focusing on proofs. She's having trouble remembering to use the identities she used earlier in the course. Then she and I talked about how to approach proofs in three dimensions. We focused on things to look out for, and how to look at the image in one plane at a time."
"Reviewed logarithms and exponent laws in preparation for her test on Thursday and Friday. Went over the word problems involving logarithms that the student was going to see on Friday. From there reviewed old concepts and that we covered before (unit circle primarily.)"
"We did a mid-chapter review in order to prepare the student for an upcoming test. We went over sections 3.1 through 3.3, including various mathematical theorems used to factor polynomials. We also reviewed positive, negative, and complex zeroes, as well as how to quickly determine whether 1 or -1 is a zero of the function, as well as how to use synthetic division to calculate the values of functions. The student seemed to understand each of the topics in the review. She has an especially strong grasp of synthetic division."
"Todays session with the student went well, we had a little bit of trouble with one of the statistics problems, but we got it after a short while. We talked a little bit about physics and that she might need to meet on the weekend because she has an exam on next Tuesday. Today we covered problems in statistics dealing with nPr and nCr, as well as a few tricky trigonometry problems dealing with finding the area and parameters of triangles bisected by circles."
"We went over all of the trig identities and used them to go over one of his new homework problems that he had questions on. We then went over two problems from each of the first few sections of his review for his text. He was able to complete most of the problems on his own, with little guidance. I told him to complete the rest of the review on his own this weekend, and email me his answers on Sunday night. I will look over the ones that he did, and let him know how he did."
"This was the first session with the student. We covered some pre-calculus topics including logarithms and exponents. She had homework using these concepts in word problems. She seems to have a good grasp of this material as long as she is careful about the algebraic manipulation when solving for variables."
"Today we discussed exponential and logistic functions. We reviewed translations of exponential functions and fitting exponential and logistic functions to match given data, among other topics. No concerns to report. The student seems more confident about the material in Chapter 3 (the current chapter). I did not leave additional practice problems, but the student has exercises from the textbook for extra practice."
"I first looked back with the student at some of her past homework assignments and helped her correct the mistakes she made. We reviewed the important trig identities and I gave her strategies to help solve proofs using them. I then helped the student with her current assignment. She's a smart student and picked up on the concepts very quickly."
"In this lesson, we did a lot of work with vectors. We talked about vector length, unit vector, dot product and how they all relate. We worked through a few proofs involving these concepts as well such as proving the triangle inequality and the law of cosines. The student also received her test back and she scored extremely high."
"I had a great first session with the two students today covering topics of trigonometry such as reducing and simplifying expressions using trig identities. Initially, I hoped to work with both of the twins at the same time but since they have two different teachers working at different rates, we decided it would be better if we did two sessions with each individually. Both of them were quick to pick up on combining concepts in solving trig problems and enthusiastic in doing so. Overall, an excellent experience!"
"We discussed how to graph complex polynomial functions without a calculator. In particular, we covered how to find the x-intercept, y-intercept, domain, range, and the overall shape of the function. After the session, the student had a better understanding of the concepts. I plan on sending him a few practice problems. I don't have any concerns from this session."