Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We went over chapters 3 and 4 of the student's Pre-Calc textbook. This included exponentials and logarithms (mainly common and natural bases). The problems here seem to be much easier for him than the trig stuff was after a bit of review. I would recommend spending time studying the financial model type questions involving both exponentials and logarithms. We will also need to study chapter 5 a bit. We will spend Thursday going over the practice final."
"We went step-by-step through the student's midterm review. She was able to grasp all the problems with minimal prodding; she only had one minor issue with proving trigonometric identities, so we practiced through a few more of those. We wrapped things up with SAT Critical Reading strategy, going through several examples of literal comprehension, authorial intent, primary purpose, and implying question types. She was quick to pick these up as well."
"The student and I reviewed her pre-calculus work for this semester. In particular, we discussed solving inverse functions, synthetic division, finding asymptotes, working with imaginary numbers, and plotting trig functions."
"The student and I reviewed for her final, covering logarithms and power functions, natural log, and the rules that govern logarithms. We reviewed some algebra concepts including slope, intercept, perpendicular, and parallel."
"We continued working on the final review for the student's final exam this Friday. We focused on graphing trig functions. I showed him how to identify the amplitude, phase shift, vertical displacement, and period."
"We went over solving trig equations. The student already had a handle on isolating the trig function, but just needed a reminder of unit circle values. I gave him a diagram of the unit circle and he was able to successfully answer the problems with no assistance. We then reviewed factoring polynomials. He didn't really need much help, but I just reminded him what to watch out for and how to handle polynomials with leading coefficient higher than 1."