Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I reviewed conic sections for his test tomorrow. The problems were mainly word problems that required writing equations for conic graphs and then using a point on the graph to solve for one or more parameters. He has very good grasp of parabola and circle graphs. The most challenging problems involved hyperbolas and ellipses, which have subtle differences and similarities. We talked about different ways to determine how to write formulas for each, depending on the orientation of the graph."
"We covered how to solve trigonometric equations using special angles. She is definitely getting better at the methods she should use to solve these types of problems. For example, she has to be able to identify when to replace parts of the equation with an identity that we learned at the very beginning. Her attitude was very receptive and attentive. We did several practice problems to solidify the information. I told her to do more practice before her quiz tomorrow."
"The student and I worked to complete his assignment in physics. Tomorrow, he must give a presentation about heat and heat transfer. We worked to write a script for him so that he is fully prepared tomorrow. He worked quickly and efficiently to produce excellent work throughout the session. I am confident in his ability to explain and flesh out his understanding of thermodynamics to his teacher and more importantly his fellow peers."
"We worked on more of the student's review problems. We talked about graphing parabolas, finding the x and y-intercepts and writing the equation of a parabola given the graph and certain points. We also talked about expected values and similar triangles. Finally, we dealt with finding linear speed from angular speed and radius."
"We covered a homework packet and in-class worksheet. The topic was infinite and finite solutions to trig identities. The student is very good at picking up most problems with very little prompting. He just needs a few more practice problems and he will master this topic. He has a great work ethic, and is willing to work as many problems as he has been given."
"The student moved to a new school this year and is taking some time to transition. The silver lining is that she is very bright, and once she settles into an effective routine she will have no problem with the material. I outlined a plan for her to talk to her teacher and made her a checklist of things to talk to her teacher about: how to take notes in class effectively, how to study for tests, and how to figure out what concepts will be on the upcoming tests. She has a quiz this coming Tuesday, and we're next scheduled to meet Tuesday night. In this session we tried to figure out as best we could what the quiz would be over with the limited material available to us. We reviewed algebraic exponential equations and logarithms. We made flashcards for the key concept in each problem, and she said she would make new flashcards for each new problem assigned. We established a clear strategy going forward and we should be able to build a lot on what we did in our next session."