Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Tonight, I worked with the student to help her prepare or a rest on vectors. I could tell that she has been practicing with the unit circle table I gave her; she was much faster at transforming trig functions. Then, we worked on the different ways a vector can expressed, key vocabulary, and problem/solution recognition. I think she feels more confident now, and she has a better grasp of the concepts she struggled with on the test, so hopefully she will display her knowledge better on the retake."
"The student and I reviewed graphing and transformations of exponential and logarithmic functions, we reviewed how to convert exponential functions into logarithmic and vice versa. We also reviewed some algebra concepts like f(g(x)), g(f(x)), (f/g)(x)."
"We went through her worksheet on logs. Then we practiced changing back and forth between logarithmic form and exponential form."
"Today we focused on trigonometry. The student has been reviewing his past quizzes and exams and picked a few questions to look over. He did very well. I saw a huge improvement today. I assigned him the task to write his formulas and identities 30 times so he memorizes them."
"The student and I went over topics in trig concerning review on basic unit circles, nearly all trigonometric identities and their usage. I feel she is prepared for her final this upcoming Friday."
"During this session, we continued prep for the student's trig exam. This was the most successful session we have had so far. We went through a full old trig exam and reviewed any questions she had."
"We reviewed problems she did on her own. The rest of the session was spent on co-terminal angles (theta + 360k) and solving problems related to them."
"This was our first session together. We worked on the student's trigonometry homework, which was converting degrees to radians and planned for future sessions. Good work!"
"The student studied for the trigonometry quiz on polynomials by practicing trigonometry questions, and wrote and reviewed forensic science chapter one vocabulary terms."
"We reviewed the student's trig homework. She is good at the math, but needs to pay a bit more attention to the details. We worked on writing out her work."
"The student and I went over basic algebra and trigonometry, including: how to solve trigonometric functions with substitution, the unit circle, and graphing trigonometric equations."
"We began with rationalizing fractions. She understands the concept. I asked her to always remember to write out her work, and explained that if she wrote every step, she could track down any possible mistake. We talked about multiplying and dividing complex fractions. When I asked her to check the answer again, she was almost always able to find her mistake. We discussed exponents to negative powers. The student said that the larger problems (for example, 49u^4v^3/7u^3v^7) looked overwhelming and would make her nervous. I asked her to take a moment to write it down and view it section by section. She had difficulties flipping fractions (fractions to the -1 power) and was confused by the idea that the -1 was divided into all of the exponents, not just one section. She was treating the -1 the same way one would treat a number multiplied by -1. By the end of the session, she said that she understood how to treat the -1 power. I asked her to verbally explain what she did for certain problems. I worked with her to find the proper wording and explained that if she could teach a problem or explain a problem verbally, it would mean that she fully understood what she was doing and was able to use another mode of communication to explain a problem, creating a more thorough understanding."