Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I covered various polynomial graphing, writing, factoring and anything you could do with polynomials, we did it here at a pre-calculus level. We wrote factored form of polynomials given graphs, we graphed given polynomial equations, we expressed the end behavior and maximum turning points of polynomials and also found the zeroes of various polynomials. I left him to review more study guides."
"Completed work that involved sum and different formula of trigonometric angle identities. Completed practice problems that focused on the solving for the angle in degree and radian form, proving identities, and evaluating trig functions with exact values."
"Finished reviewing the study guide to the final. The student still had concerns with rational expressions and graphing them, but otherwise had a solid handling of the most of the material. He performed a majority of the questions with no help. He had a couple of questions when it came to maximization and factoring polynomials, but nothing that required more than just a quick reminder of procedure. He finished the session and felt really confident about performing well on the final. He takes the test on Thursday."
"The student and I worked on a cumulative sample test in preparation for his Pre-Calculus final exam, which he is taking this Friday. In our review, we focused on writing linear equations, graphing equations of second and third degree, graphing rational functions, and solving polynomials. He did well on all these subjects except for graphing rational functions, which will be the focus of our work next Thursday."
"We covered review problems to prepare the student for his midterm exam later this month. He does very well, particularly graphing on his hand-held calculator. He needed to refresh on synthetic division."
"The student and I met today to go over new concepts, review for her next mini test and then go over more review so that she can re take a unit circle test. We went over the first section of chapter five covering identities, which took up most of the session. There are a lot of identities to remember, and we worked through most of them in the problems. She and I would compare methods of getting each solution and I would explain how to determine what to do next. We had some time to go over the unit circle since she needs to improve her score on that. Next session we will start reviewing for the final and work on making the note card she can use for equations."
"We reviewed problems involving graphs of sine and cosine, using information about amplitude, period, phase shift, and vertical shifts. We discussed the relationship between the phase shift and transformations from sine to cosine. We also discussed graphs of the other four major trigonometric functions and how cosecant, secant, and cotangent relate to cosine, sine, and tangent."
"The student and I reviewed for his upcoming test, covering concepts in supply and demand functions, quadratic functions, exponential functions and logarithmic functions. We are schedule to meet again tomorrow before his test to shore up any remaining concepts he feels weak on."
"Today the student and I went over the problems on her review packet for her test on Tuesday. We practiced finding the domain of different functions. We also practiced graphing functions and discussed translations: first, find if the number affects x or y values. We went over how to find an inverse function and what it means for a function to be "one-to-one." Lastly, we practiced function combinations: (f+g)(x) as well as composite functions g(f(x)) and f(g(x))."
"We worked through a packet on graphing inequalities, and systems of inequalities. This was a good review, because it involved linear, quadratic, and circle graphs. The student needed a few pointers to help her out, but I think she is getting a solid grasp. She said she wants to work some more on these type of problems next week, but I'm confident she will be able to conquer such problems on a test."
"We covered graphs of trigonometric functions, finding values of angles both directly and in word problems. We also solved trigonometric proofs, which the student did improve on. Moreover, we looked at graphs and found equations for them. Teacher gave a lot of practice."
"The student and I covered the rules of logarithms in this session. We focused on the 3 basic rules and logarithm's root as an inverse function. We did a lot of practice problems because the student understood the concepts quickly. I spoke with her mother after our session. She told me that she noticed an immediate improvement after we began our sessions and she plans to continue for next semester. The student has upped her overall grade in the class to slightly under an A."