Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student's class is currently working on matrices. We went over solving systems of equations by substitution, elimination, and by putting the system in row echelon form. He had a very good grasp of the first two methods but was struggling with the third. He was having problems mostly with bookkeeping and figuring out which steps to do first. After we went over a couple systematically, he was able to figure out the steps."
"The student and I met to go over her most recent homework and review concepts that she has learned. Right now they are going over sin and cos graphing, including all the components and different shifts or translations. She breezed through the homework and then we worked on studying for the quiz she has tomorrow. She needed to finish writing her notes and I asked her questions to assess her understanding. She seems to find this section easy to learn."
"We went over converting between polar and rectangular coordinates. He knows all of the formulas, but he has to be careful with giving the correct angle and negative signs. He was taking some time figuring out points on the axes, so I gave him many examples until he was able to do them quickly. He also still has to memorize the special angles (I gave him another chart). He did not bring any of his old quizzes, and I reminded him again to bring them next time."
"We continued working on the problems from the student's review packet. We worked on a few different ways to solve logarithmic equations. In addition, we worked on growth formulas and graph transformations. The student will take his 2 part test at the end of the week."
"We covered techniques for graphing and transforming graphs of functions. He is struggling most with remembering how transformations within the standard function differ from those outside the standard function, but was much better by the end of the session."
"The student has an upcoming test that I helped her prepare for. We went over a homework set involving simplifying trigonometric expressions and solving inverses to find the angle that satisfies the expression. In one of the sections, we had to use trig. identities to simplify the expression before finding the angles. She was quick to catch onto the problem solving necessary to do the tasks. Overall, another great session."
"During our session, the student and I focused on simplifying and rationalizing radical equations. She did a great job on her homework assignment regarding the topic and seemed confident in her ability to handle these problems with ease moving forward."
"The student earned a B on his last math test, his highest score this semester. We went over review problems. He does well on basic problems."
"We spent most of the time working on the unit circle and how the trigonometric functions are related to the unit circle. The student was struggling most with deriving the unit circle from basic principles. We'll need to work on this some more next time, along with graphing trigonometric functions."
"We took our time working through solving exponential and logarithmic equations. I reminded the student of the properties of exponents and logs that allow us to solve the equations, and the inverse and one-to-one properties that allows for such use. The student worked very hard."
"Worked with the student on sequences for an upcoming pre-calc quiz. She had a number of problems from her previous homework highlighted where she had questions. We worked through them, examining both the book's approach (defining everything relative to the first element) and alternatives (using a "zero" element). Also addressed a couple of tricky problems in the into on patterns that she had been concerned about until she felt comfortable with them."
"The student and I reviewed log and exponential functions. We practiced graphing log functions starting with the parent function and using the translations. We also practiced solving for x using a log to cancel an exponential function and also used exponential functions to cancel logs. Lastly, we practiced using the general exponential functions for word problems (A=Pe^rt and A=P(1+r/n)^nt)."