Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student got a 91% on her last math quiz. Awesome! No new homework so we went over some math problems the whole time. She has a good handle on them but the pressure and time limit get the better of her at times, so we reviewed them."
"Today we worked on using the unit circle to evaluate trig functions. She did well with this. She also showed a good understanding of square roots and simplifying. She completed her assignment due tomorrow, so we moved on to an assignment due Friday. This involved evaluating trig functions for angles not on the unit circle (where r != 1) and she seemed to do well with this despite not having seen it in class!"
"Conducted a review of conics. The student began with breaking down all aspects of the parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola. Within the parabola I explained the pieces of the equation that determined movement and translation. In addition, what the key aspects of the equation meant as far as graphing was concerned. Plus for each conic we reviewed the important assumption and conditions. Next, we proceeded to trigonometric functions, Pythagorean triples, and special triangle word problems. The student was more confident is some areas more than others but was excited about getting the concepts."
"The student is taking pre-calculus for the first time. He acknowledged that tutoring is very helpful for him if he understands how to systematically address the questions. If he knows how to break down the steps, he feels confident in completing the task. He brought home his homework assignment which was preparation for the quiz he is taking tomorrow. The assignment primarily focused on algebra 2 review. Specifically, long division/synthetic division of polynomials, rational root theorem, graphing polynomials, and factoring. Overall, he did very well. He just has to maintain focus while completing each problem as he occasionally makes a simple math error. He seems to have a good grasp on the material otherwise."
"The student and I went over two different sections from her chapter (inverses, transformations) that she will have a test over on Thursday. Every session I help fill in the gaps from some math knowledge that she missed over the past few years. She is a quick learner and we are able to solidify many of the concepts she is learning once I go over them more in depth with her. We go through many examples on the homework and she writes out each step so that she can use it for notes. We will see how she does on the test and gauge her understanding so far."
"The student's homework this session covered some relatively complex trig problems. We started to develop a better pace this week and we're able to cover crucial parts of the information more quickly. This session went better."
"The student is such a joy to work with. She had two quizzes since I worked with her last. She got a B on the first and we worked with the problems she got wrong. I felt she understood what she did wrong. She has not gotten the second one back. We worked with direct and inverse functions. She had homework on that and completed it successfully and correctly. She also told me she had a Unit One review test on Friday. We looked at her packet and she had a Unit One review for the test. We completed that and she knew how to do all but two of the problems independently. When I helped her a little with the other two she could complete those as well. I suggested that she review this with her dad tomorrow night before the test on Friday. She is a wonderful student, knows the material, works independently (with a little guidance when she is unsure) I hope she is able to make an A or B on this unit test! I am pretty confident she will."
"Today the student and I covered angular and linear velocity, and the equations used to solve for them. We went over the general ideas then covered her homework. She got the hang of it very quickly and was not struggling with the problems at all. She had a good conceptual understanding of the word problems. Afterwards, we also worked on her unit circle."
"This was an extra session to get ready for an upcoming test. Both girls were nervous about the test but we walked through the study guide and I think they will be okay. Their quiz scores were in the C range which is what they expected. I think they have the potential to really improve in this class. I think they need to study a little bit more on their own and in a few weeks they will improve. This section is very algebra heavy."
"First meeting with this student. After introduction, we went over synthetic division and solving polynomials and calculator usage. We spent time going over her practice problems that she will be tested on this coming Friday. She is a very good student and simply requires clarification on certain topics."
"The student and I discussed parent functions and transformations, including questions of plotting functions using transformations of a parent function, and finding function definitions by analyzing a graph. I left him with a practice activity, to make flash cards and practice matching parent functions with their graphs and quickly performing transformations on them."
"We reviewed imaginary numbers, their connection to solutions of polynomial equations and operations involving them. We solved problems that asked to find solutions to equations, some of which were imaginary, and then wrote the equation using linear factors. Also we reviewed the difference between factoring over the rationals, the reals, and complex numbers."