Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"I continued to work with the student in strengthening her skills in Trig and doing Trig identities. She completed a table of finding the cosine, sine, and tangent values of different angles. She understood the pattern of the values. I gave her some practice problems on some trig identities. She was given several problems that she will have to work out by the next tutoring session. We worked on some of her homework problems. We were working on finding the maximum areas of bounded functions. We specifically worked on a rectangle bound in a semicircle. From this problem she was understanding the applications of using the first derivative to help in max-min problems. We also worked on the application of the derivative in finding the velocity and acceleration of a moving particle."
"The first thing that we went over in the lesson was long division. The student was able to do the steps to complete a division problem but he was also able to use a shortcut by using his times tables and subtracting the remainder. I reminded him to show his work if it is asked for. We then went on to circle graphs and modeling fractions. He seemed to understand that fractions represent parts of a circle, but may need additional work in drawing circle graphs. We then worked on multiplying fractions. He needed to be reminded of the procedure but completed the problem afterwards and did an excellent job reducing it. We also worked on adding and subtracting fractions. He does a good job in finding the common denominator, but sometimes need help completing the problem. He also needs more review on mixed numbers and improper fractions. I will be sending step-by-step guides for how to add fractions, change mixed numbers, and change improper fractions."
"- The student and I reviewed for his unit test. - We completed his review packet, which covered rules of exponents and radicals, simplifying exponents and radicals, and solving for variables through manipulation of bases and exponents. - Additional"
"We reviewed questions from an algebra test that the student had not passed. These included identifying the graph of an inverse function given the original function and a constraint on x; identifying where a graph is decreasing and location of local maximum (decreasing and negative y values not the same thing; absolute max does not rule out another point being a local max); putting a quadratic function into the "difference quotient"; identifying even and odd functions from graphs; showing algebraically that a function is one-to-one by showing that f(x) is not equal to f(-x); using two sets of points to define corresponding f/g, f of g of x, g inverse, and domains of each."
"This was a first session with the student. She is having difficulty in her Alg2/Trig class and reports that her primary problem is comprehension. Currently they are working on logarithms and exponents. We worked over a test she has the opportunity to repeat, figuring out where she made her mistakes. We worked on a set of practice problems, focusing on the fact that logarithms undo exponents and vice versa. She did well on the practice problems. She is supposed to bring a syllabus to the next session, so that we can review the old material and stay on top of the new material. We will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays."
"We went over three of the student's recent homework assignments on circles to prepare for his test next week. We focused on remembering rules for angle measures within circles and of arcs. He did a nice job, and was more focused than usual."