Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"Today we continued work on the test corrections the student had for his latest test. We completed the problems he had not finished yet and then looked over the problems again to check the answers. I talked to the student about making sure that his answers were clear and being careful that his process will be clear to the teacher grading. We also talked about the plan for the rest of the semester on completing his paper and meeting to work on the math before the exam."
"Went over geometric and algebraic series again. Covered some new sections as well. Also covered plotting of the inverses of sine, cosine, secant, cosecant, tangent and cotangent."
"The student and I worked on some trigonometry, specifically trig identities, special triangles and word problems. I first went over a recent lesson she had, then we went through and in class worksheet and her homework. She had some problems with trig identities, but they were new to her, so it's understandable. She seems to understand the unit circle well, though, which is the most important thing."
"Today we were reviewing for the student's pre-calc class, which covered 9.5-9.7 in her book. We touched on determining equivalent expressions of polar points, converting polar to rectangular equations, polar equations of conics, and polar equations of orbits using eccentricity. I also came up with a few word problems for things like petal and limacon graphs. After a little more review tonight, I feel she will be very well prepared for her test."
"Today was my first meeting with the student. He is struggling in pre-calculus. He and I covered the several topics that were going to show up on his exam on Thursday. Also we went over his homework that was regarding creating parabolas, focused and directrices."
"The student and I went through some of his probability materials before moving on to general review of matrices and other concepts. To review these concepts, which included things such as trigonometry, solving systems of equations, advanced algebra, etc., we decided to walk through his old tests one by one. I proposed that we walked through the material in more detail, and this included doing practice problems and pointed exercises that were directly relevant to the concepts with which he was having trouble. I believe that he has a much better grasp of these concepts now."
"We prepared for the student's final exam on Wednesday. He was provided a sample final to practice with. We worked through this sample final, taking extra time on the problems that he asked to go over. Overall, he did well. We also got through most of the sample final. They have a review in class today, so we will work out any problems and work on memorizing equations in today's session."
"The student and I went over the review for his final. He pretty much understood most of the material after some review. We reviewed the purpose of synthetic division and how it applies to creating the factored version of a polynomial/finding the zeroes of a polynomial. I tried to relate synthetic division to the act of quadratic factoring in order for him to feel more comfortable with it. I assured him that he was ready for his final on Wednesday."
"In today's session, the student and I and reviewed for her pre-calculus exam that is to be held tomorrow. Specifically, we covered odd and even functions, imaginary numbers, and dividing by polynomial functions. She definitely appeared to know the material very well and I am confident that she will perform extremely well in her semester exam tomorrow."
"The student has a quiz tomorrow on his previous homework assignment, so we went over that. We reviewed some problems involving figuring out what the variables for aCos(bx - c) + d were, from looking at a graph. Then we spent a solid amount of time going over content for his test, which included, logs, exponential growth problems, and some calculator graphing tests. I am looking forward to seeing his results on his tests."
"Since this is finals week at local high schools, we focused on reviewing materials from the past semester. This included discussing exponentials and logarithms, as well as reviewing sine and cosine functions. We talked through created a review sheet for the exam and which topics to focus on for further studying."
"The student and I went over graphing of trigonometric functions. It involved phase shift, vertical shift, period change, and change of amplitude. He was able to master the material. We then did a little review towards the end of our session from material covered from last time."