Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over functions, as well as variations in this session as a part of review for his assessment. He is doing well, but has trouble retaining stuff which is understandable because he has not had a strong base for this course this year; he is picking up at a good speed. I would just recommend a lot of practice solving problems because that is the best way to retain knowledge."
"The student has a chapter exam on Friday. He seemed to have the majority of the chapter down so we spent our time going over the last section that was about solving trigonometric functions using certain identities. The student did very well but still had to refer back to the identity table, so I emphasized the importance of memorizing these identities. His teacher gives him a unit circle so he doesn't need to memorize that, but it wouldn't hurt. After we worked through the examples we moved on to the homework problems and he did all of those. The student did very well and only made a few minor mistakes."
"The student demonstrated a clear improvement this session. He was focused, on task, and easily recollected concepts from school. Of the 15 or so questions we went over in preparation for his geometry exam with trigonometric concepts, he only struggled with two questions. Once these two questions were focused on, he understood the concept. I am very pleased with his work ethic and dedication."
"Chapter 4 was covered today. We discussed the different postulates to prove triangles are current. The student investigated problems and proofs applying side-side-side (SSS), side-angle-side (SAS), angle-side-angle (ASA), angle-angle-side (AAS), and hypotenuse-leg (HL). I expressed to him that when using SAS, the angle must be between the two sides. Likewise with ASA, the side must be between the two angles. CPCTC says that corresponding parts of congruent triangles are congruent. He understood this very well and was able to apply the CPCTC concept to a higher order thinking problem to write a proof. Very good!"
"We focused this session on working on the student's take home exam. In particular, we reviewed how to solve logarithmic and exponential equations, how to factor by grouping, and how to multiply or add rational expressions. We also dealt with problems involving sequences and series. However, the student seemed to be struggling with these problems. We did discuss how to find the general form for a geometric or arithmetic series and the formula for calculating the partial sum of geometric and arithmetic series. When he had the formulas in question, he was able to substitute correctly."
"The student was much more comfortable today with the session. We worked mostly on word problems. I am working with him on devising strategies to help him to be successful in math. I showed him that making sure to read the problem completely was important, but reading the problem through TWICE helped ensure math success."