Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student was given review questions for sections 2.5, 2.5A, 3.1, and 3.2. We reviewed inequalities, absolute value inequalities, functions, and compound inequalities. She has an exam/quiz this week over these chapters. She needed help with differentiating math language formats from interval notation so we focused on those during this session. She improves every session."
"We continued optimization problems including the setup of perimeter and area equations. The student had a good handle on "fencing" problems and intuitively understood how to create a revenue equation. We reviewed how to compute the x-coordinate of the vertex of any parabola (x = -b/2a). We then applied this concept to physics and that the time it takes an object to reach its apex is exactly half the time it spends airborne. We used further kinematics equations to compute position and velocity for both x and y components. She received a 94 on her most recent math test, and she is doing well in her class."
"The student was taking charge of problems in order to become more proficient with basic techniques like factoring, completing the square, and long division. We finished all the online homework and methodology behind rational functions, which he was able to understand and complete quickly."
"The student worked through several of her homework problems and reviewed the unit circle for which she soon plans to take the test. I diverted from her homework for a few problems out of the book that I knew would challenge her."
"We covered finding rational zeros for polynomial functions. The student was able to pick it up with more practice."
"The student and I met to go over her homework and prepare for a quiz over the new sections in chapter three covering exponential and logarithmic functions as well as how to shrink and expand log expression, work with both logs and exponents, and interpret the graphs. She is pretty good with the problems and very curious about the theory behind these concepts. I think she will do fine on the quiz."
"This session the student and I went over graphing inequalities of second order functions. We also discussed the range considerations of different functions. The student did well; I'm convinced he is a smart and capable student and that he knows his way around the material."
"We went over graphing sine and cosine functions and finding the amplitude and period. I showed the student how to use the unit circle to determine values of sine and cosine. I also showed him how to set up a table when given something like cos(x/4) or sin(pi*x). It took him some time to determine what values to plug in for x, but he has a good idea about what the functions look like."
"The student has a pre-calculus exam tomorrow. We spent the session going over the review. The material we covered focused on exponential expressions and logs. We reviewed simplifying/expanding, solving, graphing, and word problems covering these topics. Overall, the student does well. He has a solid math foundation understanding. He plans to maintain focus and not feel intimidated with questions he is unfamiliar with. I wish him the best of luck on his exam."
"I went over the student's most recent homework assignment with her. I then came up with new problems for her to do that covered the unit she's currently working on. The last 15 minutes I had her do problems from earlier chapters so it stays fresh in her mind for her upcoming end of semester exam."
"We covered solving quadratic formulas, and also completing the square in order to determine the vertices of quadratic formulas. We also graphed and factor these functions. I saw the student improve in her understanding of the material."
"The student's chapter 2 & 5 test was moved to next Wednesday so we were able to go over review for it more carefully. We looked at the domain and range of given functions, listed ordered pairs, and graphed functions. We reviewed testing for function, and finding both visually/conceptually and algebraically the intercepts, whether it's odd or even, and intervals or increasing and decreasing."