Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I followed up on our study of the graphs of trigonometric functions. We completed his homework assignment, and he successfully identified shifts, amplitudes, and frequencies. Following the completion of his homework, I gave him a short explanation of the unit circle and conversion between degrees and radians. He completed a table featuring the key angles he needs to remember. I asked him to memorize the sine and cosine values of key angles, as he will no doubt have to use them on his final exam."
"The student went over with me what we needed to cover before his last day for the semester. We went through the first practice sheet that he was given for Chapter 2, and talked about how he was solving the problems in the past. I left with the work that his teacher had given him so I could look through it for next time."
"We continued working on the student's homework, so the same types of problems as on Wednesday. Predominantly, we worked on how to graph lines and find the intersection point between lines. I left her to set up the problems on her homework, with the plan to review them on Monday."
"We reviewed the unit circle and the student's previous practice quiz. She's starting to understand the unit circle better! We also worked on her new section and reviewed for her upcoming quiz on graphing trigonometric functions. She has practice problems in the section that she can work on."
"For our session, the student and I went over a practice test in preparation for her unit test this coming Friday. The practice test covered quantum principles, periodic trends, electronic configuration, and bonding/molecular geometry. Overall a very productive session, as we got through almost the entire practice test in the hour, which the student seems to understand, particularly the molecular geometry and VSEPR Theory."
"We discussed how to construct polynomial functions using a given set of criteria restrictions. During our session, we went over a worksheet that solves three separate problems. The first is a basic polynomial. The second is a polynomial fraction. The third is an exponential function of base e. The student has a good understanding of the material and understands how various restrictions indicate what polynomial terms to include in a function. He recently took a test and said that he believes that he did really well on it."
"Conic Sections, Ellipse and Hyperbolic (foci, vertices, etc.). Evaluating composite functions containing transcendental functions. Long term behavior of various functions, domain and range for logarithms. The student needs to focus trig values in relations to the unit circle, along with evaluating logarithms, and analysis of sinusoidal functions."
"Today we covered her problem set of the week. There were a lot of trig questions that involved solving for the sides of various geometric shapes. Some of the problems took a while to think about, but once we picked an approach to the problems it worked. There were a few word problems that also related to these questions. I left the student to do some graphing of sin and cos because she seems pretty confident in those problems and this way it allows her to be able to take time to do a few problems without being pressured with me in front of her."
"Went over conics. The student had questions with finding aspects of certain graphs and converting polynomials into standard form of conics. I broke down the standard form of each conic equation for him and displayed the easiest way to find all visual components of each conic (vertex, focus, asymptotes, intercepts, etc.). We went over a couple problem sets until he was able to easily solve the problems."
"We spent the whole session going over trig problems. He showed me the logarithm problems that he worked on this past week without me, and stated that he didn't have any questions. We spent a lot of time working with special angles and trig identities. We re-did problems from his last exam and last quiz, and I assigned him problems from the review book that reinforce these concepts. He will also complete the review test before our last session."
"The student and I met today and worked on precalculus/trigonometry. He had a lot of homework, but as usual he worked through it very well. We spent some time at the beginning of the session reflecting on his work this semester. We will be meeting next on Wednesday."
"We worked on physics problems involving the work/kinetic energy theorem today. It went pretty well. The student seems to understand how kinetic energy and work are related. We then worked on a review packet for her pre-calculus final. We reviewed reference angles, naming angles, and converting angles between degrees and radians. We reviewed things that would be helpful for her to put on her note card for the final."