Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We first went over the test that the student took last week. He scored an 86 and did not seem to have any major conceptual misunderstandings. Most of the points deducted seemed to pertain to minor errors that can be hard to prevent, except through experience. We talked about different strategies for preparing for tests, including maybe reading chapters and sections before they are introduced in class. We then started reviewing conic sections. Most of the information was review from last year, so he recalled much of it. The hardest conic sections were hyperbolas and ellipses, so we talked about their similarities and differences."
"We have done the review on the test that the student is going to take tomorrow. Particularly, we factored binomials using the difference of two square formula. Also, we factored difference and sum of cubes using the difference and sum of cubes formulas. We continue with factoring trinomials with a=1 and with a >1 by Slide and Divide. We completed a set of the problems on factoring by grouping, and finally, we factored by factoring the GCF. There are several factoring problems where we have to apply several factoring strategies."
"The student and I covered functions in polar coordinates. These included circular, petals, and spirals. He has a great understanding and takes very good notes. He would benefit from taking time to slow down and look at the details of a problem before solving it. We had some extra time, so I taught him his next lesson in the class: polar coordinates."
"We completed more of the review for his test; going over trig functions, and using the sum and difference formulas to help solve equations."
"The student is now going over conics at school. She has a test coming up this week on circles and parabolas. We started from circles and covered the basics of manipulating equations that pertain to circles. We then started working with parabolas, first making sure she understood what the focus or the directrix of a parabola is. We then worked on some problems that required rearranging equations so that it would fit the parabola equation, thus being able to find the focus, vertex, and the directrix."
"Today we worked on polar coordinates. After explaining what they are and how they are used, the student quickly got comfortable with them. We got him caught up to the class lesson and looked ahead to the next topic, which is complex numbers. I briefed him on what that would be about and that concluded our session."