Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"During this session, we reviewed previous algebra two work. We specifically focused on the law of sines and cosines, as he seemed to struggle with this during his previous exam. Additionally, we also reviewed biological systems and some Spanish vocab."
"Student told me he was struggling with cross multiplication of certain proportions involving fractions. As we discussed his issues, we realized it was just hard for him to see where the divisions took place. Later I showed him various ways of optimizing what he's already learned that will be beneficial in future classes. He has a firm grasp of the current material and is also ahead. I do not believe he will have problems for the remainder of the course."
"The homework was finding area. He had to solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit. After working together to complete his worksheets, we reviewed concepts covered from his class curriculum in preparation for his upcoming testing. He was focused and had a good attitude towards the review."
"Today we did part of the review on the final. We reviewed trig. We started on the right-triangle trigonometry. He understood exactly what was going on and did an amazing job on this. Then we moved on to find a trig function with some properties of the other trig functions given. He occasionally needed my help. I always asked him to come up with a visual picture, which greatly helped him to proceed on the problems. He forgot some of the most important formulas such as sin theta = x/r, where r = sqrt (x^2 + y^2), but he picked up very quickly. Finally, we ended the session with graphing trig functions--I asked him to identify the period and amplitude and the increments on the x-axis, memorize the behavior of sin and cos functions, and finally graph. He understood this topic."
"Regarding our last session, the student told me she got a 90 on the exam we were preparing for, so that was great news! Today, we started going over new material on series and sequences. We did many examples, and at the beginning, the student was a little confused by the notation, but at the end of the session, I gave a her a pretty difficult example that was more complicated than the examples from her teacher, and she did great! It's so encouraging to see someone like the student work at understanding a new concept and then have it start to make sense. Her exam on this material is on Tuesday of next week, so we will meet once more before the exam to go over any additional material she gets in class between now and then."
"We reviewed the binomial theorem and Pascal's triangle. I explained how Pascal's triangle provides the coefficients in the binomial theorem, and I showed the student how those terms come from the choose function. After reviewing this material, we did a number of homework problems. With some extra time left in our session, we began reviewing for the student's final. We went through a number of practice problems that covered arithmetic sequences. At the beginning of our session, the student said that she did not understand the binomial theorem at all. After our session, she had a great command over the material and felt very comfortable with it. Overall, it was a very productive session."